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From Lotion to Stick, Here Are the 25 Best Sunscreens For Men

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Sun Protection From Head To Toe: 25 Best Sunscreen For Men

There was a time when we believed that sunscreen needed to be worn only when the sun beat down on us with extra fervour, especially during peak summers. But the truth is that sunscreen is a year-round skin and body care essential. No matter the weather conditions, it protects us from the harsh UV, UVB rays and prevents skin concerns like premature ageing, dullness, tanning, pigmentation and skin cancer. Aside from this, sunscreen also helps other skincare products perform better.

With certified dermatologists, beauty enthusiasts and skincare experts rampantly reinforcing the need to wear sunscreen, we have a plethora of options at our disposal to do the needful and then some. Understandably, it also comes with confusion of which sunscreen would suit you the best.

Looking for the best sun cream for men that’s made for your skin type? Scroll on for the perfect breakdown.

Physical vs. Chemical Sunscreen

Physical/Mineral Sunscreen
They’re usually made with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
They sit on the surface of the skin to prevent UV rays from entering the skin.
Can feel heavier and leave a white cast.
Are relatively more water resistant.
Chemical Sunscreen
They’re made with several types of sunblock filters like oxybenzone, avobenzone, and octocrylene to name a few.
They absorb the UV rays and break them apart.
Easily absorbed into the skin and are relatively lightweight.
Will need to be reapplied more times than physical sunscreen.

While these are the primary differences between physical and chemical sunscreens, there are many other factors that determine which sunscreen will suit you the best. Here are the 25 best sunscreens for men based on skin types, formulation, formats and application areas.

Oily Skin

Skin that has hyperactive oil glands can naturally feel heavy and greasy. Therefore, applying sunscreen during the daytime, especially during humid conditions, can be a cumbersome chore. Sunscreens that have a water-like lotion consistency or a gel base are great options as they absorb easily into the skin without making it feel too greasy. If you want to make your sunscreen last a bit longer, you can even consider setting your face with a sunscreen powder.

Nykaa recommends:

1. Sunscoop Matte Sunscreen SPF 60 PA+++, Ultra-Lightweight & No White Cast

2. Lotus Herbals Safe Sun 3-in-1 Matte-Look Daily SunScreen Pa+++ SPF- 40

3. Fixderma Shadow Sunscreen SPF 30+ Gel For Oily Skin Acne Prone- PA+++ Protection UVA UVB

4. Wishcare Invisible Gel Sunscreen SPF 50+ Pa++++ - Oil Free Broad Spectrum With No White Cast SPF 50

5. Neutrogena UltraSheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 50+

Dry Skin

For dry skin, it’s best to lean towards options that can add an extra layer of hydration to the skin. Be it humidity or winter, dry skin is more prone to dehydration and moisture loss. Mattifying sunscreens may seem like a great option but they might make the skin feel and look parched. So, go for sun creams that act like a second moisturiser but with SPF!

Nykaa recommends:

6. Aqualogica Detan+ Dewy Sunscreen with SPF 50+ & PA+++ for UVA/B & Blue Light Protection

7. Laneige Watery Sun Cream SPF50+ PA++++

8. Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 50 Face Moisturiser & Sunscreen

9. Beauty of Joseon Relief Sun : Rice + Probiotics (SPF50+ PA++++)

10. Re'equil O Free Sunscreen SPF 50 PA+++ For Dry & Sensitive Skin

Stick Sunscreen

Stick sunscreens are relatively new and picking up a steady pace in the beauty space due to the sheer convenience. They lend a hands-free application, are travel-friendly, and you don’t have to wash your hands after reapplication. While some stick sunscreens are either chemical or mineral-based, some sticks also come with a hybrid formulation (both chemical and physical). Use at least four strokes back and forth to give your face and neck maximum sun protection.

Nykaa recommends:

11. Minimalist SPF 50 Sunscreen Stick With Adenosine, Rice Bran Oil & Vitamin E

12. Dot & Key Strawberry Dew SPF 50 Sunscreen Stick On-The-Go

13. Be Bodywise SPF 50 Sunscreen Stick With PA+++ for Face & Body, No White Cast

14. Truhabit Sunscreen Stick SPF 50 For Face

15. Earth Rhythm Sunstick SPF 50 Hybrid Sunscreen

Vitamin C Infused Sunscreen

Vitamin C and sunscreen are revered as the ultimate duo to fight sun damage. According to research, using vitamin C-based skincare or sunscreen can accelerate sun protection as vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. It combats oxidative stress, fights free radicals, and prevents premature ageing, pigmentation and uneven skin tone all while giving your skin a protective shield against harsh UVA and UVB rays.

Nykaa recommends:

16. The Derma Co. C-Cinamide Sunscreen SPF 50 Aqua Gel PA++++ with Vitamin C & Niacinamide

17. Moody Vitamin C Sunscreen SPF 50 PA+++ with Mandarin Orange & Vitamin E, Broad Spectrum - UVA/B

18. Dr. Sheth's Ceramide & Vitamin C Sunscreen

19. Love Earth Vitamin C Sunscreen SPF-50 for UVAUVB Ray Protection

20. Dot & Key Vitamin C + E Face Sunscreen With SPF 50 PA+++ For Glowing Skin, 100% No White Cast

Sunscreen Body Lotion

Never forget the neck and body! Your body skin ages at the same rate as the skin on your face. Giving your body equal sun protection prevents rapid ageing, formation of skin tags and sunburns. An ideal body sunscreen starts with a broad spectrum of 30 and can even go up to 75. You can choose a lower spectrum for cloudy or drizzly weather.

21. Nivea Sunscreen With Spf 50+, Vit E, Pa+++, Uva & Uvb Protection- Instant & Waterproof

22. Biotique Sun Shield Sandalwood Ultra Protective Lotion 50+ SPF PA+++ UAV Sunscreen

23. Vaseline Sun Protect & Calming Serum in Lotion SPF 50

24. WishCare Sunscreen Body Lotion SPF 50 Broad Spectrum - PA+++ UVA & UVB Protection

25. St.Botanica Vitamin C SPF 75 Dry Touch Sunscreen

Get the most out of the best sun creams for men:

  • Always apply sunscreen 15–20 minutes before stepping out.
  • Avoid applying it too close to your eyes as it can sting.
  • Reapply once or twice a day if you’re mostly outdoors
  • Don’t mix any skincare products with sunscreen as it may reduce the efficacy and lead to photosensitivity. Always apply it as a final step.
  • If your sunscreen leaves a white cast, you can either use concealer or switch to a formula that is white cast-free.
  • If you have oily skin, you can skip your daytime moisturiser. The sunscreen’s moisturising properties will be enough to keep your skin soft and hydrated.
  • When using active-based skincare like moisturisers, serums and toners, your skin becomes hypersensitive to the sun. Remember to wear sunscreen during the day and reapply if needed.

Adding sunscreen to your skin and body care routine is the best thing you can do for healthy, youthful-looking skin. We’ve given you the options, now it’s your turn to choose!

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