Sun Protection During Monsoons: Surprising Things You Might Not Know

Monsoon Sun Protection

If you’ve ever skipped the sunscreen step in your routine because it was too rainy, gloomy or cloudy out, listen! SPF is essential all year round, even when the sun decides to stay hidden behind thick, dark clouds. Why? Because clouds do not provide any UV filtration. So though the glaring sun rays may not be reaching you, the harmful and unseen to the eye, UVA and UVB rays sure do. If you are not investing in sun protection during monsoons, rectify that first.

Secondly, the type of sunscreen that will last a wet, humid day is different from one in the summer. Physical filters are ideal for the monsoon season as they do not bother the microbiome of the skin, which might already be a little stressed from the humidity. Also, opt for lightweight textures that won’t make your skin sweat. Plus, a water-resistant technology will stay put even if you get caught in the rain. Re-application should still be a habit to nail proper monsoon sun protection. Scroll through our picks of the best sunscreens for the rainy season.

Monsoon sun protection
1. SCINIC Enjoy All Round Airy Sun Cushion Ex SPF50+ 

K-beauty's obsession with cushion products is limitless. And after trying this cushion SPF, I get it too. The application process is made simpler without tugging and pulling on your skin. Plus, you can carry it with you effortlessly. The intense UV protection offered by SCINIC's air-light, moisture-full physical SPF is ideal for all skin types. Plus, it lends a cooling effect that temporarily decreases the skin temperature to relax stressed skin. The water droplet-shaped wide puff provides a detailed application on the side of the nostrils and around the eyes. You can use it on exposed parts of your body too!
Monsoon sun protection
2. Kimirica Everyday Sunscreen - SPF 50+ With Multi-Protection

I love lotions; for someone with greasy, acne-prone skin, the dream of building a lotion-only skincare routine is still significant (and, unfortunately, still unfulfilled!). Kimirica's lightweight, gel creme texture SPF provides broad-spectrum protection against damaging UVA + UVB rays. It also protects the skin from blue light emitted by electronic gadgets. The mineral-based sunscreen does not leave any white cast and has a subtle botanical fragrance that is never overpowering.
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3. SunScoop Invisible Sunscreen SPF 40 PA+++

Somebody needs to give the product development department of this sunscreen a raise - it does EXACTLY what it says! The melt-into-your-skin texture actually renders it invisible; you barely feel anything on your skin. The primer-like finish makes it an ideal pick for people who wear makeup everyday and need a lightweight, yet effective, SPF to wear underneath their makeup.
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4. OTT Skyncare Sunny Shield SPF Drops

A quick hack to improve the sun protection factor of your skincare or makeup routine is to enhance the existing products with added SPF. OTT Skyncare's lightweight, high-potency SPF drops can help infuse your routine with a powerful SPF. It is infused with vitamin-rich sunflowers, hyaluronic acid, purslane extract, vitamin E, and coconut water. The formulation further boosts the skin's health while shielding it from sun damage. Add it to your moisturiser or even to water down a thick sunscreen; there's no stopping when you have a good formula on your hands.
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5. LISÉN Soothing Shade SPF 50 + PA +++ Sunscreen

Enhanced with anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory ingredients, this supercharged SPF is like a whole skincare routine in a bottle. In addition to offering a physical blocker like zinc oxide, the formulation is further enhanced with centella asiatica to counter the uncomfortable feeling many get from sunscreen use. The formula is also improved to offer barrier protection and pore care for damaged, acne-prone skin.
Monsoon sun protection
6. Aqualogica Hydrate+ Sunscreen

People with oily, combination or acne-prone skin types can attest to the struggles of finding the correct SPF. Made without oils, water-based SPFs are deep, quick, absorbing formulas that can offer expert sun protection while also hydrating the skin from within. A water-based formula like this one is perfect for the monsoon season. Infused with coconut water and hyaluronic acid, this sunscreen feels like a refreshing glass of water for the skin.
Monsoon sun protection
7. Plum Green Tea Day-Light Sunscreen Gel SPF 35 

Experts have long championed the importance of wearing sunscreen indoors and that applies for the monsoon season too. All you've go to do is find the right formula. Infused with aloe juice, calendula and green tea, this lightweight formula is ideal for indoor use. The lightweight texture is comfortable to wear all day long.

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- Director at ELLE

Director at ELLE

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