This is a review of Lotus Herbals Safe Sun 3-in-1 Matt Look Daily Sunblock. It claims to have SPF 40 (SPF = Sun Protection Factor), blocks UVB rays and provides a high protection like PA+++ from Sun's UVA rays.
The 3-in-1 claim is for 1. Sun Protection 2. Skin Lightening 3. Mattifying effect meaning no greasy, oily or heavy feeling like other sunscreens. It comes in an easy to carry, leak proof tube with flip open cap.
Price and Quantity: INR 345 for 100 gms | INR 225 for 50 gms
Shelf Life: 36 months
Availability: You can buy it from Flipkart.com, Amazon.in, etc. It is easily available in cosmetic shops too. There is also a 20 gm pack available at Amazon india for 3 tubes (check here) though I feel the 100gms packing is most economical.
The name Lotus Herbals has become synonymous with sunblocks and sunscreens even though they make other products too. My first sunscreen was also from Lotus Herbals back in 2005 and in 2011 summers, I was re-introduced to this brand by one of my ex Google colleagues.
I am using this sunblock from last 3 years, mainly in the Summers and am about to finish my 2nd tube. I have tried it in winters too.
Lotus Herbals 3-in-1 Matt Sunblock SPF 40 Ingredients:
Kaolin Clay heals skin and improves blood circulation in the area it is applied.
Octyl Methoxy Cinnamate: Filters UV rays
Titanium Dioxide: Acts as a physical sunblock
Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane: Absorbs UVA rays
Preservatives: Phenoxyethanol, Methyl Paraben, Propyl Paraben, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.
My Experience with Lotus 3-in-1 Matte Look Daily Sunblock:
Lotus Herbals 3-in-1 Matte look Daily Sunblock is a tinted foundation-like liquid. It is slightly runny. It looks orange but don't be scared. The orange color comes from the Kaolin Clay which also provides the mattifying effect on the skin. This sunblock just blends and matches the color of your skin, without looking artificial or orange. It gives a glowing beautiful non-greasy matte finish.
|The quantity in the swatch is actually too much. You just need a 2-3 drops to cover the face.|
You need to shake the tube before every use to mix the clay with the liquid part. In Summers or really humid weather, it takes a minute to absorb and you need to wait for it to dry and set. To get an even finish in really humid weather, I prefer to gently pat it on the skin instead of rubbing it like a cream.
In winters, it is not moisturizing enough (for dry-skinned people) when used alone but works well if you apply over moisturized face.
THE SUN PROTECTION CLAIM:
It feels very cool on the skin and offers superb moisturization as well as protection from the Sun. I never had tanning and or any sun burn while wearing this sunblock. I trust it a lot. Usually I reapply it every 2-3 hours when out in dire Sun.
You can learn more about SPF and PA+++ HERE and HERE.
THE WHITENING CLAIM:
The SPF factor is quite good. Not only does it protect me from tanning, it also clears up all my tan wherever I apply it and makes skin clearer and brighter. I have even tried it on stubborn tanning on my feet and it showed results in just one application.
THE MATTIFYING CLAIM:
Superfine Kaolin Clay and Talcum give foundation-like finish to this Sunblock. The clay and talcum absorb excessive oil from the skin and the sunblock sets on the face in a non-greasy matte finish, which looks nice even on dry skin. It does not look patchy and I don't feel the need to apply any makeup with this on.
The matte effect does melt with sweat, but instead of wiping, just let it air dry and apply a fresh layer of sunblock over it. It will again start looking fresh as before. There has rarely been any staining on my clothes neck line and the stain washes away easily with water.
I simply wash my hands to remove the orange tint after applying and it leaves my hands soft. I can resume my work immediately without worrying about greasiness or staining.
- Smells great
- Never broke me out
- Does not clog skin pores
- Suits my sensitive and dry skin. Suits all skin types
- Skin feels ultra smooth
- Feels very soothing and moisturizing in Summers without a hint of greasiness or oiliness
- True to every single claim
- Prevents shiny nose and shiny forehead in summers
- Gives a glowing rosy finish
- Prevents as well as removes tanning
- I need not remove it at night as the Kaolin Clay treats any skin inflammation, dries acne as well as increases blood circulation.
- The clay and talc dry up at the mouth of the tube and need to be cleaned
- Lotus Herbals increases its price every summers like all summer care brands do
- Melts with sweat and needs to be air-dried and reapplied
- Full of preservatives
- It may look orangish on very very fair skin tone.
- Like most chemicals based Sunscreen lotions/sunblocks out in the market, this one also contains harmful chemicals which may have certain serious effects on our body. These sun protection ingredients react with sunrays and transform or break into other chemicals + free radicals.
Lotus Herbals Safe Sun 3-in-1 Matte Look Daily Sunblock is a staple product in my Summer skin care routine. I sometimes apply it even when I am inside the house as UVA rays are present even inside. In case when I forget to apply sunblock and get sun burns, it helps heal my skin quickly. It always soothes my skin and dries up any summer breakouts.
It is one great product that I have repurchased and may again repurchase in the near future. I just love it and always carry it with me when I go out in the sun. It is true to all its claims. Being a chemicals based formula, I mainly use it when I go out.
My first tube was from medplusbeauty.com, but they dilute liquid products and cheat. You can buy it HERE. Which is your favorite sunscreen or sunblock? Please share in the comments below.
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