Love summers? Well, most of us do. After all, it’s that time of the year when the sun is out longer than it is during winters and that gives us plenty of time to soak in the sunshine and spend hours swimming or surfing in the cool waters of the beach and the pool. It’s that time of the year when everything seems so lively and vibrant unlike the dull and cold winters.
But at the same time, our body ad skin often doesn’t seem to be doing well trying to protect itself from the scorching heat and the harmful UV radiations. Tanning is a common phenomenon observed during this time and while on one hand a certain shade of tan is welcome by some, on the other hand many don’t like their skin turning one or two odd shades darker. So below are a few beauty essentials that might help you prevent or avoid that stubborn tan.
Before I advise you to apply anything on your skin I would suggest that the first measure you take in this direction would be to avoid stepping out in the sun during the peak hours, i.e., from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M.
The second most essential beauty tip is the sunscreen lotion. Unless, you have a very sensitive skin or an ongoing skin problem/allergy/infection it’s better to go for any branded sunscreen lotion with an 15+ SPF (or more, depending on your skin type) everyday. Otherwise, use the one suggested to you by a good doctor. Make it a habit to carry a tube with you everywhere and apply little bit at regular intervals. Some good brands are Neutrogena, Lotus, VLCC, etc.
Below are a few branded sunscreen lotions you might find suitable for your skin. They really work!
Lotus Herbals Safe Sun 3 In 1 Matte-Look Daily Sun block
Definitely one of the best!
MRP: INR 324 for 100gms
This sunscreen is very effective for oily skin and features SPF 40 which is good for Indian weather as it prevents tanning. It has a mild smell, is quite long lasting and spreads well with just a little amount. Thus, it keeps your skin fresh. It gives a matte finish.
VLCC Matte Look Sunscreen Lotion
MRP: INR 176 for 60ml
This sunscreen been developed to give a softer skin and gives a matte look too. It has the smell of pineapple extracts which gives a good smell while applying. It has an SPF 30 which is neither too high nor too low, just perfect.
Lakme Sun Expert Sunscreen Lotion
MRP: INR 340 for 30ml
This Lakme lotion has one of the highest SPF, 50 . Its not a very heavy sunscreen unlike the others which makes it one of the best lotions for face too. Also, its not too thick. Its packaging is also very convenient owing to its pump dispenser. It features a citrusy smell, is non greasy and offers a good texture between creamy to powdery.
L’Oreal Paris Dermo Expertise UV Perfect Moisture Fresh Sunscreen
MRP: INR 499 for 30ml
A little expensive than the others, this sunscreen is otherwise totally worth the price as it does its job very well. It is easily absorbed by the skin, while being free of the cakey finish. It has a mild fragrance and is light on the skin. It offers a unique and slight glow as well as a dewy effect on the face when completely absorbed. This sunscreen is perfect for people who sweat a lot, because it doesn’t make you sweat.
It’s always safe to wear sunscreen all year round as it is not just during summers that the UV radiations from the sun harm our skin. It affects us the whole year. During summers its only more harmful. Also, apply sun block on your arms and legs and not just on your face.
Apart from a sunscreen lotion you may carry a pair of shades/glasses/goggles, a hat or an umbrella with you to provide yourself with some relief from the itching heat.
Although summers is a time to wear sleeveless, halter-neck or half sleeve tops its advised to wear fully covered cotton shirts, tops or dresses to avoid getting your skin in direct contact with sunlight.
Application of Aloe Vera gel after exposure to sun helps in de-tanning.