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5 Best Selling Sunblocks for All to Beat Heat this Summer

Amrita Majumdar
Features writer

Contrary to popular belief sunscreens and sunblocks are not the same thing. Yes, they in fact serve very different purposes. There is an overwhelming choice of sun protection products out there. And choosing the right one can be a challenging task.

Things you need to know
  • SPF: stands for Sun Protection Factor which determines the quotient of protection against harmful UV radiations.
  • SPF number x Time under direct sun = time under the sun with protection
  • Sunblocks are usually made of ingredients that sit on top of the skin and act as a physical barrier between the sun and the skin. Usually containing more gentle on the skin ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium oxide. Sunscreens, on the other hand, penetrate the skin and absorb UVA rays before they reach and damage the dermal layer. Sunscreens typically contain chemical components like octyl methoxycinnamate or octyl salicylate or octocrylene or all three. Sunblocks are therefore more suitable for people with sensitive skin.

    Some Effective Sunblocks:
  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 50+: Perfect for ruthless Indian summers, the non-sticky formulation makes it a great sunblock for daily use.
  • Lotus Professional Phyto-Rx Sunblock Mist SPF 50 PA+++: This organic spray mist formulation is great for people with sensitive skin. Enhanced with the goodness of carrot oil and vitamin E, it promises triple the protection (PA+++) as compared to other sunblocks.
  • Banana Boat Ultra Defense Ultra Mist SPF 85: Perfect for a day out on the beach. The aloe laced sunblock comes in an easy to spray can, which means that you can stay sun protected while your hands are busy making sand castles.
  • Drunk Elephant SPF 30: This is what great sunblocks are made of. Sunblock ingredients combined with the goodness of Marula oil is a double treat for your skin.
  • Juice Beauty‚Äôs Green Apple SPF 15: A fusion of organic antioxidant juices, this sunblock blends easily and keeps your skin hydrated through the day. Ideal for everyday use.
  • Having said that, do not underestimate the sun protecting results of an umbrella, cap, a good pair of shades and fresh water.

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