Summer is here! For those who live in places where cute little blossoms decorate the foot path and have Narnia type spring-summer transitions, this season will be a pleasurable one. But for me, summers always meant disaster. The only happiness I experience in summer months is the new season of Game of Thrones. Have you checked out the trailers? I am so excited!
So, onset of summers always meant severe tanning-burning, sun strokes and sweat! My summers always start with the seasonal influenza. This time, I decided to play smart and get my seasonal influenza vaccines even before the on-set. But guess what? Just as I was about to visit my doc, I started getting these never-ending series of sneezes and Poof! I have flu! You can never mess with mother nature or a flu for that matter.
Anyways, leaving my rants aside, today, in this post, I have decided to write about couple of sunscreens which I got from Luxola.com to get me summer-ready!
|Get your skin summer ready with Luxola.com!|
Since I use Retino-A almost twice or thrice a week, sun protection is very crucial. (I will do a separate post on it later).
I get direct exposure only when I travel for about half an hour to my work place and when I return, it’s already very dark. But many skin specialists say we need protection from UV rays even when the weather is not so sunny. But I will get back to that later in some other post.
For me, the main concern is tanning. Not that I am fairness-obsessed. Uneven tan lines tend to look very ugly in my opinion. My favorite sunblocks/sunscreens available in India are from Lotus Herbals and Neutrogena. But these products were very good when I was not that much in to every makeup application. Now, I use a foundation, concealer, powder, mild highlighter and a blush on daily basis.
With a heavy sunscreen underneath, these tends to look slightly cakey. And, as I have a combination skin, skipping my moisturizer or serum is not a good thing.
Keeping all that in mind, I have picked up three sunscreens from luxola to cater my specific skin needs.
1) Supergoop Play Everyday Sunscreen with PA+++ SPF 30 (Broad Spectrum) Water resistant for 80 minutes (INR. 1222 for 71 ml)
|Supergoop Play Everyday Sunscreen PA +++ SPF 30 & Water Resistant|
This one is perfect for a day at the pool or if you plan to do exerting outdoor activity like playing or exercising.! I got it mainly to use it on my feet and arms. It is non-comedogenic, non-irritating, allergy free and to top it all it is also cruelty free!
I tan very easily. If I miss my sunscreen even a single day, I come home in the evening to see tan lines yelling at me for wearing a strappy sandal.
I am using it on my arms and feet for around a week now and I haven’t noticed any tan lines. The texture is very good. It is light-weight and gets absorbed in a jiffy with no greasiness or un-flattering chemical smell. It does not dry out my skin like some matte sunblock’s do. Read more about the product here.
2) Astalift UV Protection essence with SPF 35 PA+++ (INR. 3078):
|Astalift UV Protector SPF 35 PA +++|
I am using this on my face and neck. The best thing about this sunscreen is, it doubles up as a makeup base! I use a moisturizer followed by this product and my regular makeup. The makeup stays on as if I had used a professional makeup base. The sunscreen does not interfere with the color of my skin tone in any way! It feels light and I use my fingers or a buffing brush to apply the product. It gets absorbed in a jiffy and imparts a mild brightening effect. It does not feel greasy or smell bad. I think it also has a SPF 50 variant which I would love to try. As for the firmness claim, I think I need to use for some more time to experience that. But in a week long usage I haven’t noticed anything bad with this product! Read more about the product here
3) Astalift Lunamer UV Protector SPF 40 PA++ (INR. 1901):
|Astalift Lunamer UV Protector SPF 40 PA++|
Again from Astalift, this one claims to protect the skin from dryness besides its sunscreen benefits. I tried it on just once before applying my makeup but did not feel very impressed. I noticed mild dry patches around my mouth which was not the case with the earlier one. Anyways I haven’t used it much beyond that day to comment on how it is. Read more about the product here
I will use all these sunscreens for some more time and will do detailed post on how it fared in the longer run. Out of the three, right now, I am impressed by the first two. I made a mental note to repurchase them if I do not notice any negative effects during the course of usage. They are a class apart from the ones I have used till now!
You can check out more variants of such suncreens catering to your specific skin needs here at Luxola.com and do not forget to use the code BLX-RAJI to get 15% off on all your first purchases with Luxola.
PS: did you know that all the purchases made from luxola do not come with the pesky import duties?? J
Hope you all loved my post. Will get back on how these guys fared. Until then Happy Summers!