My HG sunscreen is the Lotus Herbals 3 in 1 Matte Look Sunblock. It just suits my skin so so perfectly and I am in love with it. But there are those weird days sometimes (especially in winters) when my skin feels somewhat dry. And on those days the Fabindia Vitamin E sunscreen comes to my rescue.
For years and years I never used any suncreen (for that matter I never used any cream on my face...I hated the feeling of having something on and most of the suncreens were heavy) and after significant skin damage and a glorious tan...I got some sense. It was a bit late, but better late than never right? So I gave them another chance (after getting disappointed from Lakme, neutrogena, VLCC earlier...I thought why not Fabindia?) and this one changed my opinion about suncreens completely.
It comes in a neat soft tube packaging with a transparent flip top cap, the standard Fabindia. (I like the soothing blue colour). It is hassle free and leak proof. (The cream does have a slight green tint to it even though you cannot make it out in the photos).
Since the cream is water based, it is wonderfully light and non greasy. I was so happy the first time I used this. I had never come across a light sunscreen before. It spreads wonderfully (which makes it great to be used on hands and legs) and gets absorbed easily.
No white cast, no greasy layer feeling! It also gives enough hydration to oily/combination skin and when I use this, I do not need anything else. Dry skins will need a separate moisturiser though. And it smells amazing..a fresh cucumber smell (sort of).
Now, even though this is a great find, it did make my skin a bit shiny after an hour or so on hot humid days. That is why I use the Lotus Matte sunscreen during the summers.
But it works so well when it isn't humid and hot and that is why I shift to this during the cold months.
It says protection against UV rays on the tube. You must be wondering UVA or UVB or both? I wish they were more specific! But yes, I did some research and it contains Titanium Dioxide and Benzophenone which protect us from both UVA and UVB. (you can read about it here). They should just mention it clearly and save me the trouble.
Coming to the cons:
It has parabens (but most of the products do, so I am not fussy about it).
SPF30. I know many prefer a higher SPF. (Fabindia also has an Spf 45 one).
Not water resistant.
Turns a bit shiny/oily on particularly humid days.
Overall, I really like this one. Though I am more partial to the Lotus Herbals 3 in 1 Matte Sunblock most of the time....this Fabindia one works better when it isn't very hot or humid and I reach out for this then. It just works perfectly.
Price: 275INR for 120ml (mine is an older tube, I got it for 250 then)