Review by Simran
Lotus Herbals Safe Sun – Sunscreen Facewash Gel
What it claims: Leaves a Sun Protection film on the face after wash. Contains an innovative sun screen agent, invented in USA only recently.
Grapes: Deep pore cleansing and normalizing pH balance of skin
Plums: Helps deposit sun screen agent on skin evenly and imparting smooth and silky feel to skin
Directions: Before you apply Sun block cream / lotion wash face with this sparkling gel. Squeeze out a small quantity on palm. Apply on face and work up lather. Rinse, pat dry.
Best Before 3 years of packaging.
Price: 80 gms for Rs. 99
Skin types: All
Pros: Anyone with a skin as oily and sensitive as mine will be able to tell what a dilemma sun screens pose for us! In a country where you cannot escape the blistering sun, stepping out sans sun screen is equivalent to a crime, but using it will also make you spend the entire day thinking how many pimples you are going to wake up with tomorrow.
Scared more of scars than tans, I used to skip the process of using sun protectants till I came across this gel. Since this is a facewash which you will rinse off after 2 mins and not actually be applying a lotion on the face, it makes it a lot safer and less hasselfree.
I have not yet broken out because of this product and fell less guilty than I would stepping out in the sun bare faced. Skin feels very light and free of any thick pasty product.
Also it has this sparkling ingredient that makes the skin shine/glow for a while and it also happens to be very cooling. It feels very refreshing on the face.
Grapes are known to have OPCs (oligometric proanthocyanidins) and Resveratrol which are antioxidants and hence anti ageing. They are also hydrating and have healing properties.
Plums are also filled with antioxidants and are an excellent cleanser for oily skin as well as sensitive skin. They are used to make skin soft and supple, tone and moisturize it. It is also known to improve skin texture.
Cons: No Ingredient list. Only ingredients mentioned are grapes and plums and even their quantity is not given. I tried finding the ingredients list on the net too but no success. Are the other ingredients also herbal? Like I mentioned the gel has a shimmering texture and there is no mention of its source.
Another issue is no details of the SPF power. Considering that this is a sunscreen facewash the SPF surely needs to be mentioned. Also the directions make it sound like this is to be used preliminary to a lotion. Does this mean that this alone is not enough? I have been using this regularly on my face since a few weeks and have not tanned (I spend 30 mins in the sun everyday). But I would like to know the exact extent of its power.
Will I buy this again: Yes. It was a relief for me to find some sort of sun protection that I could use without breaking out. Until more versions of such a product are released with proper SPF details this is the product to use for me.