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Best 5 Toxin-Free Sunscreens that Suits Your Pocket, and the Indian Climate

Here are five toxin-free sunscreens that are also pocket-friendly.


Highlights:

Why use sunscreen?

Points to remember before buying a Sunscreen

Toxin-free sunscreens

Toxin-free sunscreens: No matter what your skin type is, sunscreen is necessary just before you step out, especially in the summer season. However, it is even more important to choose the right sunscreen that is free from harsh chemicals, suits your skin type, and pocket friendly. If you think, those toxin-free sunscreens or products are always costly, then we are happy to break this myth.

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Sun is the source of vitamin D, but there is a time for sun exposure. As per the studies, in the Indian tropical climate, sunrays get harsher from 11 am to 4 pm. After the ozone layer depletion, the amount of UV rays reaching the earth’s surface has increased.

Why use sunscreen?

Toxin-Free Sunscreens

Long exposure to the sun can cause sunburn, tanning, pigmentation, and in rare cases even skin cancer. So, if you are out during these hours, try to cover yourself properly, or wear sunscreen.

Points to remember before buying a Sunscreen

· Types of sunscreen: There are two types of sunscreen

Mineral-based sunscreen that uses mineral oxides, mainly, zinc, and titanium, that acts as a barrier for UV rays.

Chemical-based sunscreen, which is promoted by most commercial brands, uses certain synthetic chemicals that protect from UV rays. However, the problem lies in the skin absorbing these chemicals.

Therefore, it becomes important for us to use a formulation that has no harsh chemicals.

· Check the ingredients: Some major brands also claim to be mineral-based, but along with it, they are using harsh chemicals and cosmetic colours. Stay away from these so-called ayurvedic products irrespective of their SPF numbers.

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· SPF: Sun Protection Factor is a measure of how well a sunscreen will protect you from UV rays. If your skin starts burning in 10 minutes in the sun, applying an SPF 15 will allow the process to slow down to roughly 150 minutes.

However, it does not mean, higher the SPF is always a better choice. Intuitively, SPF 30 makes a difference of 4% to SPF 15.

· Amount of melanin: Higher the melanin, the lower are the chances of Sunburn. Indian skin tone naturally has higher melanin as compared to western countries. Experts suggest sunscreen-containing SPF 15-30 is more than enough for Indian skin types.

Hence, do not fall for the marketing gimmick of a higher SPF number.

Toxin-free sunscreens

It is disheartening that over 95% of sunscreens in the Indian market are toxic and their harsh chemicals damage the skin rather than protect it. Some of them are also selling toxins in the name of herbal and ayurvedic products.

Therefore, the process of sunscreen selection may become confusing.

To resolve your problem we are here with five toxin-free sunscreens that are also pocket friendly.

Note: This article does not include any promotion for any cosmetics.

1. Aroma magic

Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic sunscreen is one natural product that comes in many variants for different skin types. All the Aroma Magic sunscreen is mineral-based with 100% natural ingredients.

As SPF 15, carrot lotion for dry skin comes with added food-grade colour, which can be safe or unsafe. Therefore, this makes it hard to recommend, but you can always go for its other variants as per your skin type.

2. Svarasya Nivr

This broad-spectrum, mineral-based sunscreen with SPF 21 is a product that stands out in the Indian market. With pure jasmine oil, carrot seed oil, cloves, cardamom, and other herbal extracts in a base of three cold-pressed oils, this product is in tune with ancient beauty and self-care. This is suitable for all skin types.

3. Karanja Oil

How can oil be used as sunscreen? Before the sunscreen hit the Indian market, traditionally, Indians were dependent on pure Karanja Seed Oil to resist sunburn. Coconut oils are also amongst the favourites due to their naturally high SPF number. Many other natural oils fulfill the purpose but ozone depletion may not allow these natural oils to work as a shield for long hours. So, they can be used when applied at regular intervals.

Amongst all, Karanja oil aced this race. It has an SPF of 20+. Since, it is heavy oil and a bit greasy, so it’s not meant for oily skin types.

Take a few drops of it, rub it in your palm to warm it up, and simply massage your face with it. This oil marks its niche in many ancient ayurvedic scriptures and is used to cure various kinds of acute and chronic skin diseases.

Make sure the product includes only one ingredient that is pure Karanja oil.

4. The Moms co. sunscreen

The Moms co. sunscreen is a mineral-based, SPF 50 lotion for all skin types specially made for babies but can be used by adults too. Certified organic, this is a careful blend of essential oils with Shea butter minus the harsh chemicals. This can also be a good choice for your child too, compared to other popular brands that come with non-baby-friendly chemicals.

5. Wheat germ oil

 

Wheat germ oil is pure oil that has SPF 20. Its sun-protecting property is well studied and can be found in many branded products too. It is considered an elixir for the skin as it has the highest amount of vitamin E among all vegetable oil. It also has a trace of minerals like zinc. It is also known for its humectants property, which removes excess oil and is meant for acne-prone skin. In addition, it is lighter than Karanja oil.

Conclusion

These are our recommendations for Toxin-free sunscreens. We cannot ignore the fact that sunscreens block 99% of Vitamin D in the body. Therefore, use it when you need it.

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