Baskin-Robbins offers 31 flavors of ice cream. One taste for each day of the year (well, alternate months). This is almost as many as all the new sunscreens that hit the shelves yearly. We don’t claim to know the exact number. Although we don’t have statistics on product launches, a new sunscreen tube is being promoted every month.
We do not have any data on the incidence of skin cancer in India. One Indian Council of Medical Research reported that the incidence of skin cancer is lower than other types of cancer in India. Hyperpigmentation, and scarring, it’s a waste of money unless it is followed up with top-quality sunscreens that will protect our skin.
What makes sunscreens worth the money? It isn’t easy to pick a single product or three because everyone has different skin conditions and skin types. Their skin may not love the product, even if they love the texture, feel, and smell. There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to selecting the best sunscreens. There are some guidelines that everyone should adhere to.
Dr. Kiran Sethi, Isya Aesthetics, states that the best sunscreens offer broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection. It would help if you used sunscreen every day, in the correct amount, whether it is a cream, lotion, gel or serum drop. Sethi suggests that we use 1-2 teaspoons sunscreen to effectively protect our skin, neck, and ears. This should be about 2-3 fingers long, depending on how much area you need to protect. She adds that the stronger the barrier, so the better the sun protection.
We had to find out what sunscreens festival-goers used during the day at Lollapalooza India in Mumbai 2023. We were pleased to find that most festival goers had either borrowed or had their own sunscreen. We shared the news with our Instagram readers, which proved to be the gift that keeps giving as there was an overwhelming response to the post.
Stick to moisturizing sunscreens if you have dry skin. People with oily skin should opt for matte-finish products. Consider mineral or organic sunscreens if you have sensitive eyes that are prone to stinging and watering. They can leave a white cast on people with dusky skin. It is possible to apply mineral sunscreen around your eyes, and chemical or organic sunscreen elsewhere.
We compiled this list to help you find the best sunscreens for your skin.
Put Simply used new-age sunscreens to create a lightweight, yet moisturizing sunscreen that won’t leave your skin feeling greasy or give you the impression you have applied Vaseline. The addition of ceramides, niacinamides, and cica doubles the effectiveness of this sunscreen to soothe your skin. If you have sensitive or dry skin, this is a great choice.
Blynds sun protection formula is water-resistant so facial sweaters should use it. It also contains suffruticosa extract, which can be used as an anti-inflammatory. The fact that it also has arbutin, a dermatologist-approved ingredient that brightens dark acne spots, makes it a crowd favourite.