Lotus Herbals Matte Look Sunblock: Review

A few weeks back one of my friends, Fatema, introduced me to this amazing thing on our recent Chennai trip (was for an exam, but how could we not go to the beach!  I left my sunscreen back at the hostel *forgetful me* and she gave me hers to try...so sweet. Thank God I forgot mine!! I would have never discovered such a great product otherwise!)

 Lotus Herbals safe sun 3-in-1 Matte Look Daily Sunblock SPF 40 (PA+++ UVA and UVB) is so far the best suncreen I have tried. (Lakme, Aroma Magic and VLCC being the others. And I didn't like them at all..heavy and oily like grease).
I did love my Fab India one, but recently it had started to make my face feel a bit greasy, and I was so uncomfortable with the feeling that I stopped using it altogether. And as a result I have a few sun spots now on my face, but I'm using it on my limbs.
So, coming back to the review:

What it claims:  Safe sun 3 in 1 daily sunblock is a revolutionary sun protection formulation which combines broad spectrum UVA/UGH protection with skin lightening ingredients to give a uniform matte finish to the skin. It's fast absorption and non-greasy formula ensures a shine free, light and clean feel.

Directions:  Apply sunblock liberally and evenly on face and exposed parts of the body (neck, arms, legs etc) before exposure to sun. Re-apply frequently.

Ingredients:  Water, Kaolin light, Glycerine, Polyacrylamide C13-14, Isoparaffin Laureth-7, Oxybenzone, Octyl Methoxy cinnamate, Titanium dioxide, Butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane, Isopropyl Myristare, Cyclopentasiloxane, Elcosene copolymer, Birch extract, Fumed silica, 2-phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparben, Methylcholrolsothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Red iron oxide, Yellow iron oxide & fragrance.

PHEW! I have a headache now..look at that list! (Why do they claim to be all herbal, I do not understand. I have no idea what all those scary names mean and I have no intention of Googling them either. As long as the product suits me..I am okay with it).

  • The product comes in a plastic tube with a flip cap. It is leak proof and travel friendly. The only problem is that the lotion gets accumulated a bit at the opening and dries up.. so be careful and wipe it after every use.
  • It is a water based light lotion that spreads easily. No need for working in the product for a long time. And no white cast! Hurray!
  • Slightly tinted. Now, it won't give any coverage, but yes it will even out your skin a bit.
  • Settles down to a nice non-greasy matte finish. (Oily skinned girls will love this one)
  • The fragrance is pleasant and I quite like it. Nothing overpowering. But if you like your products to be fragrance free, then do smell this once before buying.
  • It keeps my face oil free for 5-6 hours easily. After which if I am out, I reapply it.
  • I havent noticed the skin lightening claim so far, but it gives a lil brightness after application. I think its because of the tint. (Its alright though, I am not looking for any lightening or whitening).

The only thing missing is that it is not water resistant... But I guess one can't get it all right? I wish it was though. (But I was on the beach, in and out of water from 4 to 6 pm, and I didn't tan. It could also be because of the timing, I don't know really). Overall, it is a great sunscreen! I am loving it so far.
So if you want a light weight, non-greasy, shine free sunscreen lotion then you should try this one out surely! (Oh, and yes they do have testers at the lotus counters... So you might want to try it out once just to be sure. I did that.)

Rs 325/- for 100g

As a general rule, apply your sunscreen 20 to 30 minutes before you head out. And keep re-applying it every few hours. Stay sun safe!

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