These are the best budget-friendly sunscreens for Indian skin in the market today. Priced affordably and very popular on the internet!

Summer is here and that means, a new range of sunscreens hitting the market with everything they got. And as with all basics, we truly believe that wearing the right sunscreen, the right way will make all the difference. So here are a few ground rules you have when choosing and wearing sunscreen this time of the year.

Layering sunscreen is important and that means a line-up like this is how it should work. You start with a toner, a serum, your secondary serum if there is any, a moisturiser and then the sunscreen.

Sunscreen is a must, whether you are outside or at home – don’t for a moment think that it is unessential on a cloudy day or a day when you are not heading out. The effects of the sun are permanent and you need to protect your skin.

How much sunscreen should you apply? Follow the three-finger rule by Fiddy Snails. That should be enough sunscreen to keep your face and neck protected. And make sure you re-apply your sunscreen every 3-4 hours.

Here are the best budget-friendly sunscreens that we have come across and new launches that have come through in 2021.

Dr Sheth’s Oat & Zinc mineral sunscreen, Rs 750

The sunscreen comes with a good SPF 50+ and gives you broad spectrum protection against UV rays, pollution and blue light damage. It’s matte so best for oily skin – and it’s anti pollution and anti-blue light.

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Dermafique Soleil Defense Gel Creme Full Light SPF 30, Rs 749

A gel-based formula that can be used as a primer too, this sunscreen brevets tanning, photo-ageing and pigmentation – perfect for Indian skin.

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La Shield Lite Anti-Tanning Sunscreen Gel SPF 30, Rs 980

Known as the most popular sunscreen in India right now, La Shield comes highly recco-ed by dermas all over. This one is a gel-based formula and is formulated for those with highly pigmented skin and are prone to tanning.

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Earth Rhythm Daily Defence Mineral Sun Fluid with SPF 30, Rs 675

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Re’equil Sheer Zinc Tinted Sunscreen Spf 50 Pa+++ 100% Mineral Sunscreen, Rs 795

The mineral sunscreen with a unique texture comes in a skin tone that works on every Indian skin without a fault. Zero white cast and it comes with adequate UVA, UVB & IR protection.

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Bioderma Photoderm Max Creme Spf 50+, Rs 699

Bioderma Photoderm  activates the skin’s natural defences and protects cells and comes in a creamy texture and leaves no white cast. Perfect for sensitive skin that is prone to tanning.

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Cheryl’s Cosmeceuticals DermaShade SPF 30 Spray, Rs 575

Cheryl’s Cosmeceuticals comes with advanced advanced anti-aging benefits and contains active ingredients including antioxidants like vitamin C and E to prevent free radical damage. For those looking at soothing, there’s aloe vera too.

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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.