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10 Natural Sunscreens That Actually Make Your Skin Better

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We’ve curated a list of the best natural sunscreens infused with organic ingredients for skin-nourishing benefits.
10 Natural Sunscreens That Actually Make Your Skin Better

Of all the skin-care products that we use, sunscreen is non-negotiable – and perhaps the most important. After all, it’s the only shield we have against the blazing sun, not to mention associated skin damage, aka, premature ageing, sun damage, sunburns and skin cancer as per a study. However, the one thing that can do more harm than good is sunscreens spiked with chemicals (Re: Oxybenzone, Avobenzone, Octisalate, Octocrylene, and Parabens, among others) that can get absorbed in the skin and cause irritation.

Well, the good news is that au naturel sunscreens aren’t obscure like they used to be. Formulated with the goodness of skin-loving organic and herbal ingredients, these get the job done without any side effects. But before diving into the best natural sunscreens that everyone loves, let's delve into how you can pick the best organic sunscreen and how to apply it for the best results.

How To Choose Organic Sunscreen

  1. Ingredients: Look for herbal or ayurvedic ingredients like essential oils, zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, and plant-based extracts.
  2. Skin Type: While considering allergens is an obvious step, you must also take into consideration your skin type and formulations that could cause irritation. Opting for sunscreens specifically made for different skin types – normal, dry, or oily.
  3. Broad-Spectrum Protection: Make sure you are picking sunscreens that have broad-spectrum sun protection that is often labelled as UVA and UVB rays. A study shows that these can help reverse signs of photo-ageing and prevent further sun damage.
  4. Activity: Whether you're swimming or on a hike outdoors, use sunscreens that can keep up with intense sweating and possible contact with water. If you’re going to be outdoors for long hours, look for a long-lasting sunscreen.

How To Apply Sunscreen

  1. Take The Right Amount: Many people tend to apply way less sunscreen than they need to. Be sure to check the instructions on your product and take an adequate amount.
  2. Give It Time: A study shows that you should apply sunscreens at least 15 minutes before sun exposure as it allows the product to absorb into your skin.
  3. Apply Twice: The above study also recommends that one should reapply sunscreen 15 to 20 minutes after sun exposure and another study validates the effectiveness of this recommendation. It is also generally recommended to reapply sunscreen every 2 to 3 hours.
  4. Cover All Areas: Whether you’re applying with your hands or blotting it on with a beauty blender sponge, it is easy to miss difficult-to-reach spots while applying sunscreens. Your neck (especially the back), shoulders, ears, scalp, and eyelids are all important areas that you must focus on.
  5. Standalone Step: Do not mix your sunscreen with moisturisers or serums as it may reduce the SPF effectiveness. You can re-apply your sunscreen over makeup if needed, here’s how.

Natural Sunscreens That Everyone Is Loving

1. Lotus Herbals Safe Sun UV Screen Matte Gel PA+++ SPF - 50

Lotus Herbals Safe Sun UV Screen Matte Gel PA+++ SPF - 50
Lotus Herbals Safe Sun UV Screen Matte Gel PA+++ SPF - 50
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This gel sunscreen (perfect for normal to oily skin) has a cult following for a good reason. Enriched with the goodness of Horse Chestnut, Comfrey and Vanilla extracts, it’s fast-absorbing, sits on the surface of your skin like a matte dream and feels essentially non-existent as soon as it sinks in. Result? Genius protection from skin tan, sunburn, premature ageing and skin cancer. No umbrellas necessary!

2. Himalaya Protective Sunscreen Lotion SPF15

Himalaya Protective Sunscreen Lotion SPF15
Himalaya Protective Sunscreen Lotion SPF15
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Residue-free and like a soft whisper on your skin, this lightweight fluid lotion from Himalaya Herbals is infused with Cinnabloc—a natural herb extract found in Spiked Ginger Lily that naturally shields against UV rays. Bonus: it’s free from the coarser non-nano particles that block sun rays by forming a shield without being absorbed into the bloodstream.

3. VLCC De Tan SPF 50 PA+++ Sunscreen Gel Cream

VLCC De Tan SPF 50 PA+++ Sunscreen Gel Cream
VLCC De Tan SPF 50 PA+++ Sunscreen Gel Cream
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Dry, combination, oily, acne-prone – this gel sunscreen is a heavy hitter for every skin type, tone, and texture. The unique formulation is enriched with Carrot and Cucumber extracts, which deliver a powerful de-tanning action while protecting your skin from the sun's harmful UVA and UVB Rays. Most importantly, this stuff boasts a whopping SPF 50.

4. Kama Ayurveda Natural Sun Protection SPF-21 Sunscreen

Kama Ayurveda Natural Sun Protection SPF-21 Sunscreen
Kama Ayurveda Natural Sun Protection SPF-21 Sunscreen
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This handy sunscreen with SPF 21 is perfect for when it’s moderately sunny. An au naturel and gentle sun protection formula, it sinks into the skin within 3–5 minutes and blocks UVA and UVB sun rays effectively. In fact, it’s also filled with the goodness of essential oils like nutmeg, ginger, and lime to promote supple and hydrated skin throughout the day. Not to forget, the light refreshing fragrance that is refreshing and elegant.

5. Aroma Magic Cucumber Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 UVA/UVB

Aroma Magic Cucumber Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 UVA/UVB
Aroma Magic Cucumber Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 UVA/UVB
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This aptly named SPF is made from natural ingredients (think fresh Cucumbers) to moisturise your skin and simultaneously protect against UVA/UVB rays. The lightweight formula feels immediately hydrating, spreads like a dream, and leaves a matte finish with a fresh smell. PS: It also prevents tanning and helps brighten your skin tone.

6. Organic Harvest All Skin SPF 60 Sunscreen

Organic Harvest All Skin SPF 60 Sunscreen
Organic Harvest All Skin SPF 60 Sunscreen
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Filled with the goodness of Kakadu Plum, Acai Berry, and Chia Seeds, this organic harvest sunscreen provides indoor and outdoor broad-spectrum sun protection. Along with UV rays, it also protects against the blue light from electronics. It is also great for the skin as it is free of sulphates, silicone, and parabens.

7. Aqualogica Glow+ Dewy Sunscreen

Aqualogica Glow+ Dewy Sunscreen
Aqualogica Glow+ Dewy Sunscreen
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Fight pigmentation, dullness, dark spots, and uneven skin tone with the Aqualogica Glow+ Dewy Sunscreen that has the brightening benefits of Vitamin C. The blend of hyaluronic acid and papaya extracts also hydrate the skin for a smooth feel. The formulation is lightweight and non-sticky, making it ideal for daily wear.

8. Svarasya Nivr Natural Sunscreen Lotion Cream SPF 21 Paraben Free/Sulphate Free/SLS Free

Svarasya Nivr Natural Sunscreen Lotion Cream SPF 21 Paraben Free/Sulphate Free/SLS Free
Svarasya Nivr Natural Sunscreen Lotion Cream SPF 21 Paraben Free/Sulphate Free/SLS Free
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While jasmine provides a natural SPF boost, cloves reduce tan, and cardamom brings antibacterial properties to this power-packed natural sunscreen from Svarasya Nivr. The formulation is also non-comedogenic, protects the skin from breakouts caused due to UV rays, and leaves no white cast for a flawless finish.

9. Sadhev Ayurvedic Sunscreen SPF 30

Sadhev Ayurvedic Sunscreen SPF 30
Sadhev Ayurvedic Sunscreen SPF 30
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Deriving benefits from ayurvedic ingredients, this sunscreen from Sadhev contains Madhuyashthi (or liquorice) that helps reduce blemishes and dark spots and Indian Madder (a plant from the coffee family) that events out the skin tone. The natural sunscreen also includes carrots that are high in beta-carotene and vitamin A, which promotes a clear and blemish-free complexion.

10. Wild Organic SPF 50 Sun Screen

Wild Organic SPF 50 Sun Screen
Wild Organic SPF 50 Sun Screen
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Jojoba oil with its anti-inflammatory properties and vitamin B9 that promotes healthy cell protection come together in the Wild Organic SPF 50 Sunscreen that leaves the skin silky smooth. It is also cruelty-free and contains no preservatives or fragrances.

Final Thoughts

Natural sunscreens unlock the goodness of organic ingredients and nourish your skin while protecting it against the sun. The plant-based ingredients are also great for the environment as much as it is for the appearance of healthy skin. However, no matter how good the formulation, it is important to apply an adequate amount to ensure efficacy. Covering all exposed areas and reapplying every 2 hours is also paramount to ensure optimal protection.

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