If you ask me one tip for a healthy skin then that would be to wear sunscreen. Every year temperature hits its new peak due to increase in global warming. It has become very important to protect your skin from sun burn & damage caused by UV rays to prevent risk of skin cancer & pre-mature ageing. With increase in sunscreens in the market & a lot of controversies going around the side-effects of UV filters used in them, people have now got scared of applying sunscreens. So, here I am reviewing the most common Lotus Herbals Sunscreen in Indian market available on every drug store.
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My take on Ingredients list of Lotus Herbals Sunscreen Matte Gel
UV filters present in Lotus Herbals Sunscreen
Lotus Herbals Matte Gel contains 5 water Soluble chemical UV filters (organic) which functions to protect us from both UVB and UVA rays. There names are Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid(PBSA) – Ensulizole, Methoxycinnamidopropyl hydroxysultaine, Disodium Phenyl Dibenzimidazole Tetrasulfonate (DPDT), Methylene bis-benzotriazolyl tetramethylbutylphenol (MBBT), Butyl methoxy dibenzoyl methane(BMDM)-Avobenzone.
These UV filters have amazing UV absorbance qualities and thus ensure to provide complete protection to the skin during daylight. Some UVB filters protects the skin from getting sun burn during direct sun exposure while remaining UVA filters ensures to protect the skin from photo ageing & preventing cell damage.
Concerns with these chemical UV filters:
- Though they are capable of absorbing both long & short UV rays, there is a risk of some UV filters getting degraded under sun exposure leading them to loose their absorption capacity. That’s where comes the need of reapplying sunscreens to ensure protection all day.
- There is a risk of these filters creating reactions with skin cells on exposure to sunlight which may lead to contact dermatitis or allergic reactions. But as of now no one has proved it scientifically. So chill!!!!
In short, I want to say UV filters used in Lotus herbals sunscreen are fine as per the currrent scientific research. Some of these filters are suspected to create hormonal issues but its not at all proved as of now.
Other ingredients present in Lotus Herbals sunscreen
- Multiple skin conditioning emollients & viscosity controlling ingredients are present to soothe the skin & handle the product consistency. Though the ingredients are totally fine but some have the risk of clogging pores. Its not on a higher side though.
- The sunscreen also contains added fragrance & paraben as preservatives. Fragrance is not too strong but could have been avoided. Paraben are used in the right proportion & shouldn’t harm your skin unless you are too sensitive to it.
My experience with Lotus Herbals Sunscreen Matte Gel
Packaging & Texture
It comes in a tube packaging which is large enough & easy to squeeze to take the right quantity of product in hands. Tube is travel friendly & there is no leakage. The tube has a small opening through which required quantity can be easily taken without any wastage.
The texture of the sunscreen is gel like having a thick consistency. Due to its thick texture, spreading of sunscreen becomes a little tough and you have to apply it in the form of dots in order to spread it easily. It is well moisturizing so you won’t feel the need of a moisturizer with it.
How it works on Skin
- It claims to give an oil free matte look & However, I don’t agree to this point as it feels little oily on skin and takes around 5-10 minutes to settle into a matte finish.
- Has good absorbing power but leaves a sticky feel on skin which remains even after an hour post application. I do face sweating after applying this sunscreen & it feels tacky too in humid weather. To overcome the same, I use compact powder (Lakme Sun Expert) which absorbs all the stickiness & give a oil free finish.
- I really like the fact that it is non irritating on my acne prone skin & works well on active acne too.
- I loved the fact that I can apply it easily on my eye area too without any irritation.
- The sunscreen is free from physical UV filters (zinc or titanium oxide) & that’s why it doesn’t give any kind of white cast.
- I didn’t like the way it balls up when u keep massaging it on your skin. To overcome the same, spread it in a layer and then dabbing it in works well.
- Though it act as a nice base for make up due to its sticky texture but given the fact that it balls up, the foundation should be dabbed in instead of massaging it on skin (Ideally makeup products should be used like this only).
- I find it tough to reapply due to the same reason.
How effective is Lotus sunscreen matte gel
A good sunscreen must provide protection against both UVA and UVB radiation while being photo stable too to maintain its efficacy. Lotus sunscreen matte gel has all hydrophilic filters thats why its a non – water resistant sunscreen. Its a good product to protect your skin against UVA rays (rays which are present even when you are indoors or on a cloudy day) to prevent cellular damage & photo ageing. Thus makes it suitable for daily wear when you are indoors or non sunny days.
If you are going out to expose yourself in direct sun, then this sunscreen might not protect you from sun burn (UVB rays) because it does not have physical UV filters ( TiO2 and ZnO ) which are more photo stable than the chemical ones present in it. So in direct sun, this sunscreen tends to become in-efficient with in an hour or two, so you have to reapply it. I would suggest you to always cover your face when you go out in direct sun if you are wearing this sunscreen.
How to use Lotus Herbals Sunscreen Matte Gel
After proper cleansing in the morning, complete your skincare & then apply sunscreen as the last step before makeup. You have to take a big coin sized amount for your face and neck. Put it in dots & spread a layer of it all over your face and neck. Leave it for 10 minutes to let it completely absorb. In case you feel its sticky, apply compact on your face to mattify it completely. This helps in less sweating & thus more hours of effectiveness. For reapplication, apply again in dots and dab it in using fingers.
Pros of Lotus Herbals Sunscreen Matte Gel
- Contains both UVA and UVB filters, thus provide protection from both UV rays without any white cast
- Non- irritating chemical based sunscreen
- Can be applied near eye area as well
- Travel friendly & Easy to use packaging
- Sits well under makeup
- Good absorption quality
Cons of Lotus Herbals Sunscreen Matte Gel
- Leaves sticky feel on face
- Takes time to settle down into matte finish
- Thick texture so spreading it on face might be annoying
- It balls up easily if massaged instead of dabbing in
- Reapplication is not user friendly
- Might looses its efficacy in direct sunlight
- Not suitable for oily skin in humid weather
- Has added fragrance
Given that it has equal number of pros and cons, I am quite confused if I should recommend it to you guys or not. I somehow made it work for myself by using tricks because almost all sunscreens have tendency to make skin oily. For oily skin people its a task to find an oil free non sticky sunscreen. So till the time you havn’t found one, you can simply go for this sunscreen and powder your face to minimize stickiness. Being a chemical based sunscreen, I really like the fact that it is non irritating to eyes and active acne. So I will definitely recommend it to acne prone skins too.
If you are looking for an everyday sunscreen to protect your skin from ageing, then you should go for it. If you are looking for a sunscreen to wear in direct sunlight, then you shouldn’t pick this one unless you are too sure of reapplying it every 2 hours.
Pro Tip: Sunscreens tends to clog pores and to avoid the same, it is mandatory to clean your face with a proper foaming face wash during night time. Double cleansing is also an effective method to remove every bit of sunscreen before going to sleep.
I hope I have covered all the details regarding Lotus Herbals Matte Gel sunscreen. In case I have missed anything please shoot your queries in comments and I will answer them all.
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