5 Best Sunscreens in India : All Skin-Types

(Author Sanchita) 

Sunscreen is more like a necessity rather than a skincare luxury to be spent or splurged. When we are exposed to the direct rays, it can cause tanning and in extreme cases, sunburns. Sun rays basically increases the melanin production causing the skin to look one or two shade darker than usual. Along with that, it also aggravates the signs of aging like wrinkles, fine lines, etc. we may not see the harmful effects of UV rays in a day but with time the problem starts to crop up.

Now-a-days, dermatologists states that every-time you step out of the house during daytime, a sunscreen is a must no matter if it is scorching sunny or cloudy. A lot of brands might claim about the duration of protection but it is essential to apply sunscreen every 3-4hours without fail to get the maximum protection.

You’ll find below the list compiled, the list has the best sunscreens for every skin type. Scroll down to find your true match in sunscreens.

Lotus Herbals Safe Sun Matte Gel – SPF 50

Price :  Rs. 395 for 100gm

Skin-type : For Oily to Very Oily Skin

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This is hands-down favorite sunscreen of all times for oily to very oily skin type. It comes in a very convenient tube packaging with a flip open cap that looks nice and bright, just perfect for summers. It is also very easy to travel with it. The consistency is of a viscous gel that spreads of the face easily and blends like a dream. There is a slight refreshing fragrance and leaves a trail of sweet whiff on the skin along with a comfortable cooling sensation. The moment you apply, it gets absorbed into the skin and leaves no greasy or oily layer. It looks completely matte but doesn’t stretch out or feels uncomfortable. Due to its transparent texture, you will notice no whitish cast often found in most of the sunscreens. It also makes the foundation/BB/CC cream glides smoothly over the skin. Most importantly, the broad spectrum sun protection of SPF 50 is enough for skin and provides protection from both UVA & UVB rays. The formulation is infused with ingredients like Comfrey, Soothing Horse Chestnut and Sebum Control Vanilla, the sunscreen gel provides effective solutions to skin tanning. Lastly, it is reasonably priced and also available in 2 sizes.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 30+

Price :  Rs 199 for 30ml

Skin-type : (For Oily Skin)

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This Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock from Neutrogena comes in a light blue and white packaging which gives a very soothing summer-y sort of a look. The screw cap and nozzle works perfectly fine and I would say it is ideal for travelling too. The sunscreen is white in color with a rather thick creamy texture and a pleasant aroma that fades off after an hour. It is extremely lightweight and just goes easy on oily skin. It blends well and nice and gets absorbed easily. You will never ever see any whitish cast on skin. It gets absorbed into the skin super quickly. It provides a satin-matte finish to the skin without drying it. The SPF 30 is ample of an amount for the tropical environment as well. It is also non comedogenic, which means that it does not clog pores. Further is also dermatologist-tested, water resistant (great for summers) and works well for sensitive skin too. This product has the formula that contains helioplex technology that delivers unbeatable UVA protection. It works better to help prevent damaging UVA rays from penetrating deep under skin’s surface. Additionally, the product is unisex and reasonably priced for daily usage.


Avene Very High Protection Cream SPF 50+

Price : Rs 1250 for 50ml

Skin-type : For Dry and Sensitive Skin

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One of the best sunscreen comes from the Avene Very High Protection range of products. It comes in a bright yet matte orange tube packaging with a white pump dispenser. The packaging is extremely good, sturdy yet light weight and well suited for travelling purposes. The cream is white in color with a slight artificial smell however it disappears after some time. The texture is of medium consistency and spreads well on the face. It doesn’t give any whitish layer to the skin and gets absorbed in no time. The cream is well moisturizing for dry and sensitive skin prone to dullness and patchiness because of extreme sun exposure. It offers protection against UVB and UVA and highly resistant to water. This product is specially articulated for hypersensitive skin, light and very fair skin; skin prone to sunburn and skin exposed to intense sunlight. Further, it has been formulated with SunSitive protection from Pierre Fabre Research. The sunscreen is also paraben, alcohol and silicone free. In general, sunscreens need to be applied after 2-3 hours but this one can be applied after every 4-5hours due to the excessive protection formula. The price tag must look a bit high but the product is worth every penny.


L’Oréal UV Perfect 12H Longlasting UV Protector SPF 50 PA

 Price : Rs 475 INR for 30ml

Skin-type : For Combination Skin

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L’Oréal has the UV Perfect 12H Longlasting sunscreen comes in a white sturdy packaging that is comfortable enough to carry around for retouches. The sunscreen is slightly tinted that gives you even skin tone. It has medium consistency that spreads on the face and the light formula helps in absorbing into the skin much easily than any other sunscreen. The mild fragrance of freshness is great to the nasal senses. It is perfectly suited for combination skin because it hydrates the face, soothing the dry and patchy area yet gives a semi matte look. Hence, there is no greasy or oily layer on the surface of the skin. The sunscreen, applied, gives protection against brown spots, skin darkening and premature ageing. The formula is the patented association of Mexoryl SX and XL that provides broad spectrum sun protection formula (SPF 50 and PA+++). It has anti-Oxidant complex as well as active cells that helps to reinforce protection against free radicals. The product also functions as a moisturizer and a proper base for applying foundation. Further, it soothes and cools the inflammation of the skin due to the excessive exposure to sun for longer duration. It needs to be retouched every 2-3hours to get the maximum benefit for the skin.

Lakmé 9 to 5 Hydrating Super Sunscreen + SPF 50

 Price – Rs 500 for 30ml

Skin-type : For Dry Skin


Lakmé 9 to 5 range has some gorgeous makeup as well as skincare and perhaps, one of the best best-selling range of Lakme. This 9 to 5 sunscreen comes in two variants for dry and oily skin and the hydrating formula is for the dry skin. The product is packaged with gorgeous rose gold wrappings and it looks plush and nice. It also has a pump dispenser which is great while travelling. The product is white with light creamy consistency but never leaves behind a whitish layer on the face. Since it is hydrating, it does not cling on to dry patches or accentuates the fine lines on the face and can be used by matured skin as well. Also, the hydration is not that much to make you look greasy or oily, even for dry skin. The product is non comedogenic and hence, doesn’t clog the pores causing terrible breakouts. Further, it contains Vitamin B3 and Provitamin C that improves the texture of the skin and enhances with flawless even-toned skin every single day. The broad spectrum sun protection of SPF 50 is an ample amount for the tropical temperature that protects the skin from both UVA and UVB rays.


BnB Editor Shreya Says, “One of the health message that’s hard to ignore is – ‘When the skin gets tans, it is a sign of skin damage’. Tanning not only changes color of your skin but it also responsible for hyperpigmentation. That’s why we thought of writing about some good sunscreens in India market. If you find your true match sunscreen, never forget to apply it before stepping out in SUN !”


Have you tried any of these sunscreens ?

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