When it comes to taking care of our skin, we leave no stone unturned. From investing in the most luxurious serums to picking the right sunscreen for our skin. But when it comes to body care, we’re far from being meticulous. Because TBH, who really has the time to slather on body lotion, then layer it with a sunscreen - Every. Single. Day. Even though the skin on your body is more forgiving, it still needs care, hydration and protection. All of which are tick-marked with a single product - body lotions with SPF! Infused with hydrating ingredients, they deeply nourish your skin as well as shield it against harmful UVA and UVB rays.
But, why do you really need a body lotion with inbuilt SPF? Read on to find out…
Our body needs just the same amount of TLC as our face. FACT: We often neglect the fact that the exposed parts of our bodies are prone to sun damage. Broad-spectrum sunscreens offer well-rounded protection against those harmful UVA and UVB rays to help prevent tanning, hyperpigmentation and an uneven skin tone. So, that takes care of the protection part - but, what about the hydration aspect?
Picking a moisturiser with SPF not only helps alleviate dry skin, but also tackle skin concerns along with sun protection. Here’s how.
Control Dandruff With Tea Tree Oil
Dealing with dandruff is no joke - it’s recurrent and can sometimes be socially embarrassing. But there finally is a pretty solid fix for it. One of the best benefits of tea tree oil for hair is that it controls the greasiness that can fuel dandruff, retains moisture and curtails the growth of dandruff causing bacteria. In addition to this, its anti-inflammatory properties can help you soothe an itchy scalp.
Niacinamide: Niacinamide is considered to be a holy grail ingredient. From fighting acne,brightening skin to reducing fine lines and wrinkles, it can do it all. Plus, it’s safe to use on all skin types.
Vitamin C: A potent antioxidant, vitamin C fights free radicals to delay signs of ageing and brighten skin. Plus, antioxidants when combined with sunscreens drastically improve the level of sun protection. So if you tan easily or have developed age spots, then vitamin C can be a total saviour.
Green Tea / Neem: Got a rash, skin irritation or itchiness? Then pick body lotions with these superstar ingredients. Introduce your skin to green tea or neem extracts. Both of them are super-calming and have anti-inflammatory properties that soothe your skin.
AHAs/BHAs: Whether you want to fight a stubborn tan, get rid of tiny bumps or improve skin texture, pick a body lotion that contains AHAs or BHAs. They gently exfoliate your skin’s outer layer to reveal softer and smoother skin. Look for kojic acid, salicylic acid, glycolic acid or lactic acid in your lotions.
For All Skin Types
Key Ingredients: Kojic Acid & Niacinamide
Sun Protection: SPF 30 PA+++
What We Love: Leaves no white cast & provides upto 98% UV protection
Whether it's dry, dehydrated skin or tanned and dull skin, this all-rounder here can help you tackle it all. Kojic acid does a lot of heavy-lifting to reduce sun damage and pigmentation, whereas niacinamide and glycerin help to brighten and hydrate your skin. Together, along with the added benefit of SPF 30, it forms the ultimate shield for sun protection.
For Dry Skin
Key Ingredients: Vitamin E
Sun Protection: SPF 50+ PA+++
What We Love: Offers advanced collagen protection to prevent wrinkles
If you’ve got super-dry and parched skin, you’re in luck. Think - bouncy soft, hydrated and sun protected skin in seconds! This hydrating body lotion has a quick absorbing formula that leaves no sticky or greasy feeling behind. It offers advanced collagen protection to reduce visible wrinkles and fine lines with continued use.
For Flaky, Rough Skin
Wishcare SPF50 Sunscreen Body Lotion Broad Spectrum - PA+++ UVA & UVB Protection With No White Cast
Key Ingredients: Niacinamide & Hyaluronic Acid
Sun Protection: SPF 50 PA+++
What We Love: Contains 5 non-comedogenic moisturising agents
There’s hydration, and then there is intense hydration. This body lotion here rightfully steals the limelight with a blend of 5 moisturising agents - ceramides, glycerin, oats, squalane and hyaluronic acid with 98% seeing immediate reduction in dry and flaky skin. With no white cast or greasy feeling, this niacinamide infused hero also brightens dull skin. No more worrying about sun tan and damage as SPF 50 offers superior sun protection against UVA and UVB rays.
For Inflamed Skin
Key Ingredients: Neem Extracts
Sun Protection: SPF 30
What We Love: Can reduce tan lines in just 7 days
Extreme heat tags along rashes, itchiness and redness. But not with this serum-in-lotion right here! With the calming effect of neem extracts, you’ll have happy and hydrated skin in no time. The easy-to-use pump packaging allows for a fuss-free application. And if your limbs and legs look tanned, rely on this bad boy to reduce tan lines in just 7 days!
For Dull Looking Skin
Key Ingredients: Vitamin E, Glycerin & Green Tea
Sun Protection: SPF 30
What We Love: Clean formula with no baddies
When skin is not cared enough for, dullness is inevitable. Thanks to this brightening and hydrating body lotion, you can get even-toned, fresh skin! Infused with skin brightening vitamin E, it works overtime to reduce discolouration and fight free radicals. Whereas glycerin and green tea extract reduce sun damage and deeply hydrate skin. All these benefits along with the SPF 30, make this one a must-buy.
For Blemish Prone Skin
Key Ingredients: Saffron, Sandalwood oil and Honey
Sun Protection: SPF 50+ PA+++
What We Love: Contains a blend of clean and natural ingredients
Fun fact: Sandalwood oil provides natural sun protection against UV rays. This along with SPF 50+ ensures that your skin is protected from harmful sun’s rays. While sun protection is guaranteed, saffron and honey fight acne and blemishes effectively and heal damaged skin. With regular use, you can keep those annoying body acne and backne at bay!
Q1. What level of SPF should I look for in a body lotion?
A. If you’re spending most of your day indoors then SPF 30 should suffice. However, if you’re going to be outdoors for most part of the day, then you need SPF 50.
Q2. Can I use body lotion with SPF on my face?
A. Ideally, you should not apply body lotion on your face. While you can apply your facial moisturiser on your body, doing the opposite can irritate your skin, since it is formulated with different ingredients.
Q3. Are body lotions with SPF water-resistant?
A. Not all of them are. Although if you want one, then it’s best to specifically look for a body lotion with SPF that reads ‘water-resistant’.