India is an equatorial nation. Anywhere you live in India, you are bound to face the harmful rays of the sun. I cannot even think of going out of the house during day time, without applying a sunscreen, be it summer or winters. Our desi cosmetic company Lakme has come up with a new product for these summers. It is called 9 to 5 super sunscreen – available in two variants. They have a hydrating one for normal to dry skin and mattifying one for combination to oily skin. I tried out both the variants on my arms, and liked the hydrating one better. The hydrating one had a bit of a thinner consistency than the mattifying one. Since it has a very good SPF, I immediately bought it.
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Hydrate, nourish and lighten your skin whilst defending it from the sun. Beautify your skin this summer by indulging in the Lakme Sun Expert ritual. The new Super Sunscreens from the Lakmé 9 to 5 collection with SPF 50 PA +++ help you fight the harsh UV rays. Embrace the sunshine with that flawless even-toned skin every single day! Enriched with vitamins, it helps you reduce spots and lightens your skin tone. SPF PA 50+++ keeps you away from tan and sunburns caused by the harsh sun rays. This summer, acquire a nourished, hydrated and even skin tone. Contains Vitamin B3 and Provitamin C. Fights against UVA and UVB rays.
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Rs. 500/- for 30 ml.
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My Experience with Lakme 9 To 5 Hydrating Super Sunscreen SPF 50:
Firstly, I love the fact that Lakme has come up with two different variants of the sunscreen for dry and oily skin types. Also, the sun protection provided is very good. The sunscreen comes in a rose gold color box, within which lies a plastic sunscreen bottle in the same color. The cap is golden in color, metallic and shuts very securely. Overall, the packaging does have a luxurious feel to it and is very travel friendly. The bottle has a pump dispenser which keeps the product very hygienic. One press of the pump dispenses enough product for my face. The product is whitish in color, and neither is too thick nor too thin. It has a mild citrusy fragrance and is extremely lightweight. I think Lakme has kept the consistency of this product absolutely perfect.
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I usually apply one pump of the product on my face. A little more will cover the neck as well. Excess product makes my skin a bit sticky. It spreads and blends easily on my face. It does not leave any whitish cast on the face at all. My face does appear shiny, but the shine settles down within 2-3 minutes leaving a very soft, satiny finish. My dry areas are not accentuated at all. It gives a good base for my foundation and does not oxidize or melt at all in the sun. This sunscreen does protect me very well from the sun, and has prevented tanning on exposed body areas.
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Lakmé claims that this is a 9 to 5 sunscreen. So, does that mean that it will protect you for 8 hours without reapplication? The answer is no, absolutely not. As with any other sunscreen, you will have to reapply this very 3-4 hourly if you are going to be out in the sun.
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Pros of Lakme 9 To 5 Hydrating Super Sunscreen SPF 50:
- Luxurious packaging.
- Travel friendly.
- Pump dispenser.
- Does not put whitish cast on face.
- SPF 50, PA+++, protects against UVA and UVB rays.
- Non oily.
- Contains vitamin B3 and provitamin B and C.
- Does not break me out.
- Does not melt off, even in summers.
- Very good for normal to dry skin (and for oily skin too in winter).
Cons of Lakme 9 To 5 Hydrating Super Sunscreen SPF 50:
- Expensive for only 30 ml of product.
- Using more amount of product leaves a sticky feeling on skin.
- Has to be reapplied every 3-4 hours.
- Gives a shine to face on application (but does go off in 2-3 minutes).
- Has silicones and parabens (very low down in the list).
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Would I Repurchase Lakme 9 To 5 Hydrating Super Sunscreen SPF 50?
Lakmé has really come out with a winner this time. The packaging is sturdy as well as luxurious. The sun protection factor is very good. Two different variants are present for different skin types. It has a very hygienic pump dispenser. I just wish they had priced it a bit less, though for the quality of product and quality of packaging, the price may just be justified.