Many Nigerians will testify to not having heard about sunscreen all their lives. This explains the many myths that surround Sunscreen, as a skincare product. Many think it is irrelevant and just another means of the beauty industry to sap their hard-earned money. Many also believe black skin does not need sunscreen because it cannot get burnt. However, every skin type and tone needs sunscreen.
Sunscreen is also referred to as sunblock. Sunscreen comes in the forms of lotions, sprays, gels, oils, foams, or any other product. Sunscreen is applied to the skin to provide a chemical barrier and absorb or reflect some of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation before it goes on to damage the skin. These UV rays cause sunburn, skin reddening, hyperpigmentation, discoloration on some parts of the body and in the long run, cancer. The best type of sunscreen is the type labeled ‘broad spectrum’ because it protects against UVA (long wave ultraviolet) and UVB (short wave ultraviolet). This article highlights the best sunscreens for use in Nigeria.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Sunscreen
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Sunscreen is formulated with broad-spectrum SPF 50, providing maximum protection for its user. Its moisturizing ingredients also help to hydrate the skin. It has a light watery texture and is refreshing on the skin. This sunscreen makes your skin hydrated for about 8 hours. It also does not leave any residue or white marks on the skin. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Sunscreen is a lightweight formula that is invisible and does not feel tacky under your makeup. It is ideal for oily skin as it is oil-free and non-comedogenic, that is, it does not clog pores.
Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance Lotion SPF 50
Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance sunscreen lotion is able to protect, soften and leave the skin soft and radiant. On application, Hawaiian Tropic has a hint of sheen and leaves your skin glowing. Hawaiian Tropic Sunscreen offers broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection. It is non-comedogenic and ideal for oily skin types. It contains Vitamins C & E which all add to its conditioning effects. It also contains Shea butter to soothe and heal damaged skin. Hawaiian Tropic is also water-resistant for up to 80 minutes. Hawaiian Tropic Sunscreen celebrates the island Botanics of Hawaii. It is cruelty-free and recommended by dermatologists for daily use.
Missha All-Around Safe Block Essence Sun Milk SPF 50
Missha Safe Block Essence provides a double layer of protection. It offers a wide spectrum of protection, SPF 50. Missha Safe Block is highly water and sweat-resistant. The presence of milk helps to calm inflamed or angry skin. It also contains flower extracts to soothe and hydrate the skin. Missha Safe Block is particular recommended for dry skin types as it provides hydration. This product is effective at fighting the aging effects of sunburn and giving you younger-looking skin.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Clear Skin SPF 60 Sunscreen
LaRoche – Posay Anthelois is one of the best sunscreens available in the market. It is water-resistant and provides a broad spectrum of SPF 60 for the face. Its formula is lightweight and does not feel heavy or tacky on the skin. La Roche Posay Sunscreen is ideal for oily skin types as it is non-comedogenic, that is, does not clog pores. It is also formulated with unique oil-absorbing formula. La Roche Sunscreen is highly water-resistant and remains effective for about 80 minutes after water. This sunscreen contains antioxidants to fight free radicals that damage skin cells and make the facial skin look aged on time. After use, it provides a matte finish as if one has just applied makeup. LaRoche Sunscreen does not contain fragrance or parabens. It is safe to use on sensitive skin and will not cause breakouts. Many who try to avoid wearing sunscreen end up falling in love with the La Roche Sunscreen and love it for its lightweight and ease of use.
Skin Doctor Sunblock Refreshing Cream SPF 80
Skin doctor sunblock is a product that doubles as a sunscreen and moisturizer. It offers broad-spectrum skin protection of SPF 80. Skin Doctor Sunblock not only protects the skin but also has moisturizing and brightening effects that help to highlight your natural skin tone. Skin Doctor Sunblock is hypoallergenic and will not clog pores, which makes it ideal for oily skin. Skin Doctor is one of the most popular and affordable sunscreens on the Nigerian market. It is also very effective at doing its job of protecting you from sunburns and other damages that are caused by exposure to the sun.
Avene Very High Protection SPF 50 +
Avene Sunscreen is easy to use with a light, non-greasy texture. It is also non-comedogenic and will not clog pores. This sunscreen offers extremely broad-spectrum UVB-UVA protection. It is highly recommended to dry skin as it moisturizes just as it protects. It is formulated with a unique antioxidant complex to fight free radicals and protect skin cells from pollutants and damage. Aveeno Sensitive Skin Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50.
Aveeno Sensitive Skin Sunscreen is a mineral sunscreen or physical sunscreen, providing a physical barrier between your skin and sun rays. This sunscreen offers protection with a broad spectrum of SPF 50. All ingredients used in the Aveeno Sensitive Skin Sunscreen are naturally sourced and safe. Aveeno Sunscreen contains 100% zinc oxide and nourishing oat, which is known for its soothing effects on inflamed or angry skin. Aveeno Sensitive skin is safe for use on sensitive skin types. Its lightweight feel and oil-free finish make it suitable for everyday use. It is non-comedogenic and will not clog pores or break you out. Aveeno Sensitive Skin Sunscreen is also fragrance and paraben-free, so will not cause any skin allergies.
Sunscreens can come in any form such as oil, lotion, essence. However, the key goal is to find that sunscreen that works well for you. A good sunscreen will not leave a white cast or residue on the skin.