Best Sunscreens of 2021

Best Sunscreens of 2021

June 9th, 2021 | by

There are 3 golden rules when it comes to wearing sunscreen – wear it all-year-round, wear it even when you’re indoors and reapply it every 2 hours. Abide by these and you’ll thank yourself a few years down the line for skin that’s youthful, radiant and healthy.

‘Who wears sunscreen indoors?!’

You might be wondering, ‘Why do I need to wear sunscreen indoors?’ The Sun’s rays consist of UVA and UVB rays. While UVB rays can cause sunburns, UVA rays can contribute to skin ageing and skin cancer. Ava Shamban, a dermatologist from Los Angeles sheds light upon how they can wreak havoc on your skin even when you’re indoors. “Indoor UV exposure can occur from ultraviolet rays that penetrate through glass, which is UVA.  UVA is emitted at the same level — all day long — whereas UVB rays, which are blocked by glass peaks mid-day.”says Ava.

‘How do I pick the right one?’

A good sunscreen should be an indispensable part of your daily skin-care regimen.  But how do you go about picking the right one?

Let’s start by understanding the types of sunscreens that exist in the market.

Types of Sunscreens

Sunscreens can be broadly divided into physical and chemical versions. While the physical blockers contain zinc oxide or titanium oxide to deflect the UVA and the UVB rays, the chemical ones come with avobenzone and oxybenzone that absorb the rays and convert them to heat.  When it comes to application, physical blockers work immediately after you apply them whereas chemical blockers need about 30 minutes to kick in. Physical sunscreens are better for those with sensitive skin, rosacea or underlying melasma, for they deflect heat rather than absorbing its energy, inturn leaving the skin feeling soothed.

‘But what is SPF?’

Another key thing to know about sunscreens is SPF or Sun Protection Factor. A sunscreen with SPF 30 indicates that it protects your skin from ultraviolet rays 30 times more than not applying it at all.

‘Two drops on my palm should be enough right?’

Last but not the least, be generous while applying sunscreen. An entire teaspoon is the amount that’s really needed for your face and neck, rather than a few drops.

‘Tell me which ones to add to cart already!’

1. La Shield Sunscreen Gel SPF 40 

Fortified with SPF 40, it offers superior broad spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Free from preservatives, fragrance, colour additives and alcohol, it has a soothing effect on the skin. The formulation is oil-free and non-greasy making it perfect for combination and oily skin types. It leaves the skin with a matte finish along with being non-comedogenic (does not clog pores) and water-resistant.

2. Avenè Creme SPF 50+

The Avenè Creme SPF 50+ is a sunscreen that equips you with broad-spectrum protection against UVB and UVA rays. With a light, velvety, non-sticky and water resistant formula, this is ideal for sensitive skin types who’re looking for maximum sun protection.

3. CeraVe Sunscreen Stick SPF 50 

Non-comedogenic, lightweight, water-resistant and oil free – the CeraVe Sunscreen Stick SPF 50 provides broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays. Formulated with SPF 50 and Microfine Zinc Oxide, it effectively deflects the sun’s harmful rays and works like a charm on sensitive skin.

4. Neutrogena UltraSheer Dry-Touch Sunblock with SPF 50

Providing solid protection against both UVA and UVB rays without clogging your pores, the Neutrogena UltraSheer Dry-Touch Sunblock is non-comedogenic and PABA free.  Its oil free formula  leaves a non-greasy, matte finish on your skin. Easily absorbed to provide a weightlessly invisible feeling on your skin, it is ideal for all skin types including those prone to breakouts.

5. Forest Essentials SUN FLUID Tender Coconut Water with Turmeric & Basil Leaf SPF 50

Crafted with pure and natural ingredients such as tender coconut water, fresh basil leaves and cooling aloe vera, the Forest Essentials Everyday Sun Protection Fluid with SPF 50 shields the skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays. The infusion of Yashada Bhasma increases the intensity of sun protection, shielding the skin from early signs of aging and other forms of skin-wreaking sun damage.

Its powerful ingredients not only protect you from the sun-damage that’s yet to come but effectively reverse the damage already inflicted. The Aloe vera soothes, hydrates and moisturizes the skin along with facilitating skin-regeneration. The vitamin C enriched tender coconut water works wonders to reduce pigmentation and blemishes.

‘Sunscreen is only for my skin right?’

Last but not least, while it’s imperative to protect your skin from harmful UV rays at all times, it’s equally important to protect your lips too.  Investing in a lip balm with a good SPF, to wear under your lipstick is all that’s needed to ward off the sun’s harmful rays. 

The Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Lip Moisturizer SPF 15 

softens, smoothes and protects dry, chapped lips without leaving  a waxy feel. This moisture-enriched formula soothes and conditions your lips, keeping them healthy and soft all-year-round. It also contains a PABA-free SPF 15 sunblock for added protection from the sun.

Any lip balm with a minimum of SPF 15 will be a priceless addition to your skin-care routine along with a powerful sunscreen. 

Sun-protection, while overlooked unless you’re stepping out, should be non-negotiable all 365 days of the year. Make it a part of your daily skin-care regimen and you’ll see that healthy, radiant skin is just a small lifestyle change away. 

Supriya Jain