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These are the most effective sunscreens for Indian summers

Summers are all about sunscreens and we put together the best sunscreens in India that will make your skin healthy and happy.

Sunscreens are the only arsenal one can have in their skincare routine that will help combat the summer and protect against pollution and pigmentation. A step in your everyday  skincare kit that you cannot ignore these days, sunscreen application is not only about reapplication at regular intervals, it’s also about choosing the right one that suits your skin type. We picked out 8 luxe and summer-friendly sunscreens that will make sun protection easy in our hurried lives and ensure younger, radiant skin that is free of pigmentation.

Decléor Aroma Sun Expert Protective Anti-Wrinkle Cream SPF 30, Rs 2000

Decléor is a luxury label with sunscreens that come with broad-spectrum sun protection alongside anti-ageing benefits. The Aroma Sun Expert Protective Anti-Wrinkle Cream is created specifically for all skin types and is light and quickly absorbed. UVA and UVB filters come together with a DNA Protection complex and Sol-collagenine anti-ageing complex  that also help with premature ageing. With ingredients like Rose Essential Oil, Rea Tahiti, Vanilla and Jasmine extracts, it’s all about boosting the natural skin defence.

Bioderma Photoderm Spot SPF 50+, Rs 1635

A French label that is well-known, Bioderma is all about finding the best in skin health and tailoring it to suit individual needs. The Photoderm Spot Sunscreen range contains glabridin: derived from licorice extract that helps slow melanin production and takes care of hyperpigmentation scars. This particular sunscreen is great for those who are undergoing laser treatments because they make your skin photosensitive.

Clinique Sun Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen, Rs 2600

This dermatologist-tested cosmetics brand is known for its exceptional sunscreens and the special variants that suit every skin tone. This unique sunscreen protects against both UVA and UVB radiation while preventing signs of aging. It comes with solar-activated antioxidants that really help repair visible damage and defend your skin from the aging and burning effects of UVA and UVB rays. The fact that this sunscreen has no parabens, no phthalates and no fragrance makes it a winner this summer.

Shiseido Perfect UV Protect WetForce Hydro Fresh SPF 50, Rs 3100

A gift from the land of beauty, Japan, this iconic sunscreen also comes in a stick form among others. Formulated with innovative UV protector technology that is suitable for sensitive skin, this sunscreen works very well on easily-irritable, delicate skin. The SuperVeil-UV 360™ technology tackles photo-aging – much needed at a time like this. It also contains aloe extract that gives out a soothing effect.

Shangpree Phyto Essence UV Sunscreen, Rs 1890

In the hot, humid weather like in India, a lightweight, non-greasy sunscreen is a must have and this one comes with SPF50+ protection. Not only does it help with damaging UVA and UVB rays, it also contains a potent blend of 20 raw natural ingredients that keep skin safe from pollution and hydrate your skin to perfection.

Coola India Mineral Sunscreen Unscented Matte Tint, Rs 2,900

A mineral sunscreen with a line-smoothing matte finish, a good SPF 30 and it also comes with a. tint – what more can you ask for? It contains rich free-radical fighting vitamin C, calming primrose and flaxseed oils to give your skin all the strength it needs. Additional Shea Butter smoothes and hydrates, while the phyto-protector plankton extract revives skin. 

Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50, Rs 4,150

Trust Kiehls to create a 100% mineral based filter that looks like a gentle lotion that’s not just weightless but powerful. The good bit is it’s slightly tinted so you can see a beautiful sheen and it also comes with UVA and UVB broad-spectrum protection known to prevent sunburn and decrease the risk of skin cancer. The Vitamin E formula helps fight the effects of damaging free radicals too.

Dermalogica Protection 50 Sport SPF 50, Rs 2,695

The big reason we gravitate towards this sunscreen is the way it doesn’t show a white cast. The cream does protect the skin from prolonged skin damage from UV light and environmental assault. There is no greasy-feel and the Oleosome technology defends your skin against sun’s damaging rays. It’s water-resistant and keeps skin hydrated all day long.


These are the most effective sunscreens for Indian summers

Latha Sunadh

Deputy Editor

When she's not trying on a new serum, researching on yet another classic fragrance and sharing lip balms with her 5-year old daughter, Latha Sunadh keeps it reined in with a nice song and a good book. Special skills include obsessing over handmade, home-made and handcrafted luxuries.


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