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Hello IMBB Sweeties,
I am a real shopaholic; I have lots and lots of products from several brands in my possession. 😀 As far as review is concerned ,in this scorching hot weather, nothing except “sunscreen “ would be suitable. :haanji:
Price – Rs 225 for 100 ml Current Price – Rs 175, I got this for Rs 164 after discount.
Before reviewing the product, I would like to explain some basic concepts of sun protection, essential for all:
SUNBLOCK vs. SUNSCREEN
Sunblock is opaque and blocks almost all of the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. It consists largely of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Sunblock does not have to be reapplied every few hours. Sunblock works like a mirrored shield. It contains minute particles of reflective material. They reflect the sun’s rays away from your skin blocking the damaging rays from ever reaching at all. The ingredients included in sunblocks include Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. (This includes Powder Sunscreen and Mineral Makeup.)
Sunscreens are less visible on the skin and are designed to protect against UVA, UVB, or both. They do allow some radiation through and need to be reapplied every few hours because their ingredients break down after exposure to sunlight. If you use sunscreen, it is better to use one that has a high SPF, put on a lot, and reapply every two to three hours. The ingredients that are most often found in sunscreens include PABA, Benzophenones, Cinnamates, Salicylates.
SPF (SUN PROTECTION FACTOR)
The initials SPF stand for Sun Protection Factor. The higher the SPF number on sunscreen, the more protection you have, or the longer you can stay in the sun without burning.
The SPF number tells you how long you can stay in the sun before getting burned. If you normally start to burn after 15 minutes of sun exposure, an SPF 15 product will let you stay in the sun for approximately 15 times longer (or 3 1/2 hours) without burning.
SPF sunscreen numbers indicate sunburn protection from UVB rays only. There is not a rating system for UVA.
Skin damage is caused by both UVA and UVB exposure. Sunlight exposes you to two kinds of ultraviolet light, called UVA and UVB. Both can cause skin damage, including wrinkling and skin cancer.
• Exposure to UVB rays has an immediate (within 60 seconds) and harmful effect to the skin
• You don’t feel or notice UVA exposure but it is the main cause of skin cancer and wrinkles, one of the main reasons why sunscreen is important.
To ensure protection from UVA rays your sunscreen should be labeled “Broad Spectrum” and contain at least one of these ingredients: Avobenzone (also known as Parsol 1789 or butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane, Titanium dioxide, Zinc oxide ,Anthelios SX ,Helioplex (Is the Neutrogena blend of Avobenzone and Oxybenzone),Outside the United States, Mexoryl SX and Tinosorb are also used.
PA RATING SYSTEM
‘PA’ stands for protection grade of UVA system and is the Japanese measurement of sun protection, which is based on the Persistent Pigment Darkening (PPD) reaction reading at 2-4 hours of sun exposure. According to info from the wiki, the Persistent Pigment Darkening (PPD) method is a method of measuring UVA protection, similar to the SPF method of measuring UVB light protection.
These are the three levels of protection that are commonly seen:
PA+, PA++ and PA+++.
PA+ provides some UVA protection with a factor of PPD 2-4
PA++ provides moderate UVA protection with a factor of PPD 4-8
PA+++ provides good UVA protection with a factor of PPD > 8
Which means, you’re better off picking a sunscreen with PA+++ which will provide you with the greatest protection.
WHAT LAKME SAYS
Lakme Sun Expert Fairness Sunscreen with SPF 24 PA++ is designed to provide broad spectrum UV protection. While SPF 24 majorly blocks UVB rays that cause sun burns.PA++ provides effective protection from harmful UV A rays that cause dark spots, premature aging and skin darkening. This daily moisturizing sunscreen formulated with cucumber & lemon grass extracts and Vitamin B3 not only protects but also correct past sun damage, dark spots and pigmentation.
It is antibacterial, astringent and antiseptic properties prevent and cure skin infection, prevent acne breakouts and soothe broken or inflamed skin. It is used as an ingredient in many skin care products like soaps, lotions, perfumes and deodorants. It is also known to prevent excessive sweating and body odor. It also finds use as an important aromatherapy oil and helps eliminate cellulite.
As cucumber and the skin share the same level of hydrogen, it becomes easier for cucumber to mask all the problem areas. It helps in soothing and softening your skin which can get you relaxed in no time.
With so many useful ingredients in cucumber it can help you in treating so many skin problems. It has become part of daily beauty product into face packs, facials, juice and many other things which can affect your skin.
Due to its cooling effect it can be termed as a magic wand for all your skin problems. The cleaning and cleansing property helps your skin tremendously making it soft and supple.
Though I am completely in love with my Neutrogena Ultrasheer Dry touch SPF 50 sunblock, I use it only on face (its costly so cannot afford to use it regularly on neck and hands :tongue:), thus wanted a sunscreen lotion at cheaper rate. The SA at the store suggested me about the newly launched Lakme Sun expert Fairness Sunscreen with SPF 24 PA++ with cucumber and lemon grass extracts. I applied a bit from the tester, I really loved the fragrance, awesome for summer. :pompom: So I bought it for a happy summer experience 🙂 .I also got lakme strawberry fruit blast facewash free with this lotion, :yahoo: another reason for buying 😉 My skin completely absorbs the sunscreen and I don’t tan much using it! No breakout!
In the first picture, one can see the consistency of the body lotion and the second picture after applying the lotion. The lotion completely gets absorbed into the skin within few seconds!!
PROS of Lakme Sun Expert fairness Sunscreen Cucumber Lemongrass SPF 24 PA +++
>The price of the lotion has been reduced from Rs225 to Rs175 for promotion.
>Lakme Fruit Blast Strawberry face wash worth Rs.70 is absolutely free with this lotion.
>The sunscreen lotion gets absorbed into the skin within seconds.
> It does not leave any white cast on face.
>It’s not at all oily.
>Did not cause any breakout on face.
>My skin doesn’t tan much even after sustained sun exposure.
>The fragrance is citrusy kind, awesome one.
>I am fully refreshed after using this on my body.
>It contains PA ++
>It gives you a cooling effect when applied.
>Contains lemongrass and cucumber extracts.
CONS of Lakme Sun Expert fairness Sunscreen Cucumber Lemongrass SPF24
>It contains only SPF 24, I want a lotion with SPF 30 or more.
>It contains PA++, I had desired PA +++ which gives complete coverage to UV A rays.
>It needs to be reapplied after every 3 hours.
>I don’t like my sunscreen getting absorbed into my skin. May have adverse effects later.
>Contains Methylparaben and Propylparaben.
>The quantity is very less for Rs 175.
>There are some silver sparkles, which is distinctly visible in sunlight!
WILL I REPURCHASE?
No. This one is going to last me this summer as I won’t be going out much. Am eyeing the Neutregena sunblock lotion.
RATING: 3/5 Two off for containing parabens and only SPF 24.
Have you used Lakme Sun Expert Fairness Sunscreen Cucumber Lemongrass SPF 24? Please rate in the box below
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