“My sun sets to rise again.” – Robert Browning
No matter which part of the world you live in, what type of climate and which season of the year, you always need to wear sunscreen. Yes, maybe the SPF factor will be different, but we cannot and should not do without, as the sun is one of the main reasons that causes premature skin ageing. You know as kids we’ve always been told to go play in the sun for that much required vitamin D. As much as we love those bright sunny days, the harsh sun rays (ultra violet) actually gradually attacks the skin’s elastin causing skin aging; even before we age. So, someone at the age of 30 could have the skin of a 40 year old or vice versa, if they have protected their skin well.
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Skin cancer can occur too if the skin gets prolonged sun damage. Also, many of us (including me) often forget to wear sunscreen when it’s cloudy or in winters thinking that the sun’s not at its harshest, so why bother. But, that’s sacrilege as the harmful sunrays are always in attack mode, even when we don’t know it.
Having said that, we all know there are dozens of sunscreens/sunblock’s in the market that will prevent damage with sustained usage. A sunscreen should, without a doubt, be one of our HG’s of skincare. Anyways, we should choose a sunscreen based on our individual skin types and consider the SPF count too, depending on which part of the globe we are in. On that note let’s quickly evaluate the requirements of both dry and sensitive skin:
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Now, dry skin is supposedly parched skin that demands moisture, lack of which makes it dry and often flaky and inflamed at times. Dry skin tends to feel tight especially post washing, or even throughout the day and at any time of the year. This happens because the skin loses too much water or natural oils. So, we need to ensure that when choosing a sunscreen for such skin, it must contain Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA’s) such as Lactic acid, Glycolic acid, Citric acid etc… to restore the damaged cells in our skin. Also, it should contain oils to replenish the lack of moisture. You will need to look out for super hydrating ingredients such as Aloe Vera and Glycerin for instance. Dry skinned people tend to wrinkle faster, so apt nourishing ingredients is key! Do avoid the spray forms as they mostly contain alcohol, which will dry you out further.
Here are some of the best sunscreens in the biz that you can get your hands on for dry skin:
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1. Sebamed Sun Care 50+ Very High Multi Protect Sun Lotion (SPF 50+)
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Details: Has a pH value of 5.5, reliable UVA + UVB protection, highly effective UVA/UVB filter system, prevents sunlight induced damage and irritations to the skin, anti-ageing skin protection with vitamin E and regenerating provitamin B5, natural Hydro-Fructol Formula that keeps the sun-exposed skin smooth and supple to protect the elasticity of the skin, counteracts sun-induced pigmentation marks and signs of premature ageing.
Price: 1500 INR for 150 ml
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Details: For Normal to Dry skin. Expert protection from UVA/UVB rays with SPF 30 & PA ++. Attain blemish free skin with Vitamin rich ingredients such as, cucumber and lemon grass extracts. Gain lighter shades with everyday application.
Price: 250 INR for 100 ml
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Details: Lacto Calamine Sunshield for Dry to Normal Skin: Contains natural Aloe Vera Extracts and Vitamin E. Aloe Vera moisturizes the skin while it’s SPF 30 and PA++ protects your skin from the harmful broad spectrum UVA + UVB rays and helps retain the skin’s glow.
Also, enriched with Natural Lemon Extracts that evens out skin pigmentation and helps retain the skin’s glow.
Price: 199 INR for 50 ml
Details: Himalaya’s Protective Sunscreen Lotion is a double-action formulation that protects you from harmful UV rays and, at the same time, nourishes your skin. Himalaya has received a US patent for CINNABLOC, an active sunscreen agent used in Protective Sunscreen Lotion. CINNABLOC is extracted from the herbs Spiked Ginger Lily and Greater Galangal, which have natural UV ray shielding properties. The US patent has been granted for the discovery of a natural sunscreen composition and using it in a herbal cosmeceutical product.
With an SPF of 15, Himalaya’s sunscreen gives your skin protection from UV rays. A blend of naturally derived ingredients including Spiked Ginger Lily, Aloe Vera, Greater Galangal and Crab Apple, help protect skin from the damaging effects of the sun, which include tanning, premature aging and skin cancer.
Price: 200 INR for 100 ml
5. VLCC Moisturizing Sunblock Cream (SPF 25)
Price: 285 INR for 100 ml
Details: This cream effectively blocks the UVA and UVB rays of the sun and helps preserve the youthfulness of your skin. Good for protection from direct exposure of the sun.
Ingredients : Berry Extract- Antioxidant, Inhibits melanin formation, results in skin whitening. Octyl Methoxy Cinnamate- Organic Sunscreen agent. Menthyl Anthranilate- Cooling agent. Titanium dioxide- Naturally occurring physical Sun block agent.
Price: 225 INR for 100 gms
Details: SPF 15 and UVA+ helps prevent skin darkening and premature ageing. Garnier offers a wide range of effective products with natural ingredients to take care of your skin. These products have been dermatologically tested to suit all skin types including dry. Mexoryl SX gives protection from the sun’s UV rays. Vitamin E helps protect against free radicals and help delay the signs of ageing. Glycerol and extract of coriander to retain the skin’s moisture and prevent it from drying while nourishing.
Price: ? for 50 ml
Details: UV Perfect gives you an inside/out to protection against brown spots, skin darkening and premature ageing. The patented association of Mexoryl® SX and XL [XL Block] provides optimal UVB and reinforced UVA protection. To prevent dullness, the formula is enriched in Detoxyl to inhibit pollutants fixation on the skin.
Price: 449 INR for 30 ml
9. Kaya Daily Moisturizing Sunscreen (SPF 30+)
Details: UV-A MV-B Protection. Daily Moistursing Sunscreen with SPF 30 not only protects your skin from harmful UV-A and UV-B rays, but also helps maintain essential hydration and nourishment for long. With Ultra Bootstar rating of 5, it offers the highest possible UV-A protection against tanning and ageing due to sun exposure.
Price: 890 INR for 50 ml
For those of you who have sensitive skin you know you are prone to itchiness, redness, extremely dry and/or scaling skin and the use of some products aggravates it. Extreme cases may even be skin that causes rosacea, eczema, or allergic reactions due to change in temperature and so on. This kind of skin needs utmost care as wrong products can irritate the skin, cause rashes and other reactions. When choosing a sunscreen for sensitive skin one must note that it should not contain any fragrance and should be hypoallergenic, so you don’t react. Some sunscreens suited for this skin type are as follows:
1. Sebamed Sun Care 50+ Very High Multi Protect Sun Lotion (SPF 50+)
As mentioned above (for dry skin, point 1).
Details: Protects and hydrates. I am 100% free of oxybenzone, parabens, harsh chemicals, alcohol and artificial fragrance. My all-mineral, gel formula creates a physical barrier between you and the sun. I am non greasy, skin friendly and enriched with wheatgerm, avocado and grapeseed oils. They provide natural sun safety, Vitamins B5, C, E and prevent visible signs of ageing. Notes of calendula, peppermint and roman chamomile essential oils hydrate, soothe and reduce acne. The non-nano Zinc Oxide in me is a mineral reflector found in nature that scatters harmful rays. Aloe Vera extracts hydrate, purify and provide smart sun protection.
Price: 260 INR for 120 ml
3. Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum (SPF 60+)
Details: Sensitive Skin Sunscreen Lotion SPF 60+ provides superior physical broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. It goes on evenly, rubs in on skin, and feels ultra-light. Plus, it’s formulated with PureScreen™ technology for a unique blend of naturally-sourced physical sunscreens (titanium dioxide and zinc oxide) to give you protection that’s hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, oil-free and water-resistant—great for sensitive skin. Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB, it’s Fragrance-free, Oil-free, Water Resistant, PABA-free and hypoallergenic.
Price: $10.49 for 3fl oz
Details: Combines effective UVA and UVB filters for broad-spectrum defense against damaging sun rays. With antioxidants White Grape Polyphenol and Vitamin E to help neutralize free radical damage. Broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection and anti-aging antioxidants in a virtually transparent, breakthrough fluid texture. Ideal for everyday facial use and under makeup. Lightweight fluid suncreen features a unique technology to deliver an ultra-sheer, matte application after shaking. Absorbs immediately into skin. Non-Sticky. Non-greasy. No whitening residue. Water-resistant [40 minutes]. Fragrance-free. PABA-free. Oil-free. Non-comedogenic. Allergy-tested. Suitable for sensitive skin. Tested under dermatological control.
Price: $25.50 for 1.7 fl oz
Details: An easily-absorbed, oil-free cream with SPF 30 and PA +++, to help protect the skin against both UVA and UVB rays and the formation of dark spots and skin discolouration. Although, claims to be for all skin types, this contains community trade fair Aloe Vera, which is for The Body Shop sensitive skin range.
Price: 2495 INR for 50 ml
So safeguard your dry and sensitive skin ladies as prevention is always better than cure!
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