10 Best Sunscreens Recommended by Dermatologists in India

Sunscreens and sunblocks are probably the most skipped skin care products in our skin care regime. Well it is already a hassle to shower and get ready and when you tell me I need to apply another layer on my face, well to hell with you! Mostly we apply sunscreen in hurry and skip it when we are in hurry. I believe this happens because of the two major reasons, first we have picked up a sunscreen which is too oily or we haven’t realized how important it is to never skip on sunscreens. Some sunscreens have so much jargon written on their bottle that we end up so confused about whether to buy or not. Today in this post we are going to demystify this category of product and lay out all the meanings of the keywords you usually find on the labels. Then we will proceed with our Top 10 Sunscreens Recommended by Dermatologists. (Also Read: Top 10 Moisturizers Recommended By Dermatologists)

Some of the keywords that you may have come across must be SPF, PA+ to PA+++, Star Rating system, UVA, UVB, Broad spectrum protection. We shall address them one by one.

  • SPF or Sun protection factor: measures the fraction of sunburn-producing UV rays that reach the skin. For example, “SPF 15” means that 1/15th of the burning radiation reaches the skin through the recommended thickness of sunscreen. Hence, higher the number lower the chance of you getting sunburned (mostly related to UVB). SPF is not the only thing you should go after in a sunscreen lotion because it only tells you about protection from UVB rays, it does not tell you about protection against UVA rays. Any sunscreen with SPF between 30 to 50 is enough for Indian summer, more than SPF 50 will not be of any help to you.
  • PA rating: PA stands for The Protection grade of UVA. This rating system is used by mostly Asian brands, but other brands have been known to use it as well. PA+ stands for UVA protection factor whose value lies between 2-4 and higher the grade higher the UVA protection. Hence in a sunscreen you should look for both SPF and PA ratings for effective protection from both UVA and UVB. Sometimes you may find “Broad spectrum Protection” labelled products, which essentially means that the sunscreen will provide protection from both UVA and UVB rays. For Indian summer PA++ to PA+++ is enough, don’t spend more on the products which have higher ratings.
  • Star rating system: You will find this rating system mostly in UK or Irish products. Single star gives lowest protection and 5 star gives the highest possible protection. The one advantage with this system is that you don’t need to look for SPF and PA rating both because this rating system tells you about the combined protection against both type of rays.
  • UVA UVB radiation- These are a type of radiation from the spectrum of sun’s radiation. Though much of the ultraviolet rays are reflected by ozone layer, some of them cross over and have far reaching consequences for us. UVA or Ultra Violet A radiation is known to induce skin cancers and accelerates ageing although a minute exposure is needed to synthesize Vitamin D by our body. UVB or ultraviolet B is known to cause damage at cellular levels, in fact to DNA which may lead to cancer. It is also known to break collagen fibres. One very important thing to note is that sunscreens have been proven extremely effective in blocking such rays and hence prevent these harmful effects.

We have made the post extremely long and yes there is information overload but TBIO team wants you to be safe and healthy every summer and it is important to make an informed decision. So, after going through all of this let us start with TBIO’s Top 10 Sunscreens Recommended by Dermatologists.

Top 10 Sunscreens Recommended by Dermatologists

Top 10 Sunscreens Recommended by Dermatologists.

1.Suncros Soft gel SPF 50

This sunscreen has a SPF rating of 50 and PA+++. This gel formula is lightweight, and you can wear make-up over this. This product claims to provide protection upto 8 hours although we will suggest reapplication after every 3 hours if you are constantly in the sun. It is suitable for all ages above 6 months, so this product is extremely useful for those moms who want their kids to apply sunscreens and not worry when kids step out to play.

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2. Glenmark La Shield SPF 40

This is a gel based broad spectrum UVA UVB sunscreen. Since it is gel based, this is suitable for all skin types. You need to reapply after every two hours. It is PA+++ rated and is water resistant.

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3. Sunheal Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

Along with spf 50 it has PA+++ rating. A big plus is that this is hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, all my oily skin ladies say hallelujah!!!! It is known to prevent photodermatitis which is highly prevalent in central and southern India, so ladies give this product a serious thought.

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4. Melagard Plus Lotion

This is a legendary product from Abott pharmaceutical company. Swore by doctors, this is a broad-spectrum sunscreen that provides physical and chemical barrier against uv rays. This product is probably one of the few sunscreens that use Zinc Oxide as effectively as it can be.

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5. Sunmate Gel Cream SPF 30 PA+++

This is a water resistamt gel which will protect you upto 80 minutes after water immersion or heavy sweating. This is a great sunscreen for avid swimmers and runners. All you fitness freaks get your hands on this one.

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6. Suncote Gel SPF 30

This is product is also non comedogenic and hypoallergenic. This provides a lower PA+ rating but overcomes this flaw by providing broad spectrum protection. This product is especially suitable for acne-prone skin because of its “hydrogel” technology that prevents build up on your skin. This is one of the most common Sunscreens Recommended by Dermatologists.

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7. Ansolar Daily Use Gel Cream SPF 30 PA+++

This product is non comedogenic and is legendary in preventing hyperpigmentation that happens because of the Sun. It boasts of S3 complex that prevents cellular damage caused by UV rays. It also has anti-oxidant property that is always a bonus. This product is recommended by dermatologists, especially for people who have sensitive skin and are prone to hyper-pigmentation and tanning.

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8. Photostable sunscreen gel SPF 40 PA+++

This has SPF 40+ and PA+++ rating. It is broad spectrum sunscreen and non-comedogenic. It also has Vitamin E which takes care of your skin while the sunscreen protects you from harsh rays, unlike other sunscreens which have no moisturizing effect.

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9. Sunprotek SPF 50 Gel PA+++

This product is suitable for all skin tyoes and especially oily and acne prone skin since it is hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. It is PA+++ rated. It does not give your face a white cast or shiny look. This product is renowned for its encapsulation nano-technology which uniformaly distributes the anti-sun ingredients on your skin.

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10. Z-Block 25% Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Gel

This zinc oxide based sunscreen gel has spf 50, PA+++ and four star rating. This product is non-comedogenic and feels extremely light on the skin. It is paraben free too. Well, you cant ask much from a sunscreen but this one does fulfil all requirements. Because of its patented Match technology, it gives a non-opaque and non-white near transparent finish.

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That end’s the list of the Best Sunscreens Recommended by Dermatologists. Sunscreens are essential whether it is winter or summer. As we have mentioned the nitty-gritty behind sunscreens, we hope that this post helped you in selecting the best suitable sunscreen for you.

3 Replies to “10 Best Sunscreens Recommended by Dermatologists in India”

  1. I am using Z block and I love it. It protects the skin without making it greasy or looking ghost like.

  2. Most of these sunscreens are new to me. But good to know these dermatologist recommendations…


  3. Mayur Jadhav says:

    Hi, Very nice article crafted on sunscreen. I love it.

    Thanks, Mayur

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