List of Mineral/Physical Sunscreens available in India

There are a lot of posts in the internet talking about chemical and physical sunscreens. Their benefits, pros, cons and what not. In my opinion, either of them has its own advantages & disadvantages. I do believe that most chemical filters can be harmful, but at the same time, few physical sunblocks can be harmful too. Zinc Oxide with Nano Particles can be as toxic as Oxybenzone, a common chemical filter which is an endocrine disruptor. On the other side there are natural sunscreens blooming in the market which contain natural sun protection ingredients like Carrot Seed Oil, Red Raspberry Seed Oil and hence safe. But, there aren’t any solid studies that they provide sufficient sun protection against harmful rays. I feel they would be a good option when you aren’t exposed to much sunlight. But certainly not enough for a beach vacation. At the end of the day, choosing the right and safest option is solely in our hands. I would say do the ground work, analyze the ingredients (you could check ewg, cosdna, skincarisma), read some reviews and then make a call. You could also look at labmuffin.com for more detailed information on how to pick sunscreens.

Back to the title of the post; this post is mainly for those who are looking for Mineral/Physical Sunscreens in India. Why most people go for physical sunscreens? Because they are a boon for Sensitive Skin Types. When most sunscreens burn or cause allergic reactions, physical sunscreens can be a blessing. They are relatively non-irritating and safer when used in proper formulations. But the bad thing with them, they leave a white cast and can also be hard to blend due to the minerals in it. Practically you cannot fully avoid white cast while picking up a physical sunscreen even when it is combined with a chemical filter. The goal is to choose a physical sunscreen with minimal cast or pick one which is tinted. Let’s get to the list of the mineral/physical sunscreens in India. Note that all of them aren’t completely chemical free, but are physical sunscreens, that is, free of chemical UV filters. I hope you get what I mean.

List of Mineral/Physical Sunscreens in India

  1. Sunscros Matte Finish Soft SPF 50+ PA+++
  2. Z-Block 25% Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Gel SPF 58
  3. Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Face Dry Touch Sunscreen SPF 50
  4. Innisfree Daily UV Protection Cream No Sebum Sunblock SPF 35 PA+++
  5. Clinique SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen Fluid for Face
  6. La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Tinted Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid
  7. Kama Ayurveda Natural Sun Protection SPF 21 PA++
  8. Aroma Magic Sunblock Lotion SPF 30 PA++
  9. Tvakh Colloidal Oats and Carrotseed Broad Spectrum Sun Guand Gel
  10. Soapworks Sunscreen Lotion Bars with SPF 60
  11. Wildflower Naturals Everyday Sunscreen SPF 30+ UVA & UVB Protection
  12. The Moms Co Mineral Based Sunscreen SPF 50+ PA++

1. Sunscros Matte Finish Soft SPF 50+ PA+++Sunscros is a popular sunscreen recommended by Dermatologists in India. Earlier when it was under Ranbaxy, it was available mostly by prescription but now you can get it OTC at your pharmacy or even easier online. Sunscros Sunscreen comes in two variants – aqualotion (sensitive skin) and matte finish gel (all skin types). The Matte Gel one is a physical sunscreen with a water resistant formula. This sunscreen is formulated with micro-ionised zinc oxide in a silicone base. Hence it feels slippery upon application, just like a primer. It also has a synthetic scent which may not be liked by all. Nevertheless, this wins when it comes to sun protection and it has an oil free matte finish, making it the best bet for oily skin ladies. Where to buy? Amazon.in

2. Z-Block 25% Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Gel SPF 58The product name clearly tells us that this is purely a zinc oxide based sunscreen. Looking at the ingredient list, just like Sunscros, this has a silicone base as well. The sunscreen has a gel cream texture that applies easily and gives a velvety soft finish. But above all, the surprising factor of this sunscreen, it has a negligible white cast. How?! They claim to have a patented Index Match Technology that ensures transparent and no whitening effect on the skin. It also contains Zinclear IM which is an EcoCert approved cosmetic ingredient. The product is 100% free of chemical filters, paraben free, petrolatum free, non-comedogenic and not tested on animals. Z-Block is also water resistant and is perfect for swimming upto 80 minutes. Where to buy? Amazon.in

3. Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Face Dry Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50Don’t get confused, this is not the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen that is commonly used here in India. This is the newly launched zinc version which hasn’t been launched officially in India yet, But you can get them from Amazon, ofcourse. Neutrogena launched three physical sunscreens, out of which, this variant is the one that is meant for facial skin, the other two are body sunscreens. This sunscreen has a rating of 1 on EWG which means it is relatively very safe. It has about 21.6% zinc oxide and the other inactives used (a long list) is mentioned on the packaging. This sunscreen is free of fragrance, parabens, dyes, phthalates and doesn’t sting eyes due to its gentle formulation. It performs excellently by blocking both UVA and UVB. It is also non-greasy, non-stretchy, non-comedogenic and waterproof. Where to buy? Amazon.in

4. Innisfree Daily UV Protection Cream No Sebum Sunblock SPF 35 PA+++This is from the infamous korean brand Innisfree. It is a physical sunblock with 100% mineral filters. As you can guess from the name, No Sebum, the sunblock is strictly for very oily skin types and pale people?! Because it has a typical white cast which may be too much to handle for women of color. It also has a quickly drying texture, so apply it in sections for uniform application. This can be a totally hit or miss product when it comes to application and finish. Sun Protection wise, this does a good job. It also has Extracts of Centella Asiatica (a popular ingredient in K-Beauty Products) which is known to promote collagen synthesis and is a great anti-ageing ingredient. Where to buy? Amazon.in

5. Clinique SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen Fluid for FaceThis sunscreen from Clinique has got really great reviews from its consumers. It has nothing one would not like about this product. It is a mineral sunscreen, has a easy to work with runny consistency, blends and absorbs quickly, no visible white cast, natural glowy finish, mildly hydrating, non-greasy, lightweight, comfortable on the skin, has high SPF, above all it doesn’t have any fragrance. Is there anything more we need in a sunscreen. The sunscreen can be used by all skin types including acne prone as it does not clog pores. It protects the skin even when you sweat, so it’s great for exercising, outdoor activities and the scorching heat. Where to buy? Amazon.in

6. La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Tinted Ultra Light Sunscreen FluidComing from the French Pharma Brand, the sunscreen is raved among allergy prone sensitive skin ladies. The sunscreen has both Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide offering broad spectrum UVA UVB coverage. It is tinted enough to not leave a white cast and gives an even toned natural looking skin. It also contains Cell-Ox Shield, a powerful antioxidant complex that prevents free radical damage and prevents premature aging. The sunscreen is Paraben free, Fragrance Free and Water Resistant upto 40 minutes. Where to buy? Amazon.in

7. Kama Ayurveda Natural Sun Protection SPF 21 PA++Kama Ayurveda is an ayurvedic skincare brand wherein the inactives used in some products are hidden from us, consumers. But we could find the full ingredient list of this sunscreen on the product packaging and hence made it to this list. This sunscreen is clearly physical with Non-Nano Zinc Oxide & Titanium Dioxide and no chemical filters. It also has some natural ingredients and calls itself a 99.3% Natural Sunscreen. Having used a sample of this sunscreen, I find this more suitable for normal & combination skin types. It has a balm like feel on the skin which sets to a non-greasy finish. It is meant to have a gentle formula and hence suitable for children above 3 years of age. Where to buy? Amazon.in

8. Aroma Magic Sunblock Lotion SPF 30 PA++Aroma Magic is quite popular in this category as they are budget friendly compared to many others. They have three other variants, Carrot (SPF 15), Aloe Vera (SPF 20) and Cucumber (SPF 30), apart from this one. This variant, Aroma Magic Sunblock Lotion SPF 30 PA++,  is the only one with PA++ protecting efficiently against UVA/UVB rays. This Sunblock has clean ingredients and is free of parabens, alcohol, harsh chemicals and artificial fragrance. It is perfect for oily, very oily, sensitive and acne prone skin as it is oil free, shine free and mattifying. Precisely, this has the look and feel of applying Lacto Calamine Lotion with added sun protection and other skin soothing benefits of Green Tea and Aloe Vera Gel. Where to buy? Amazon.in

9. Tvakh Colloidal Oats and Carrotseed Broad Spectrum Sun Guand GelTvakh is supposedly a “Natural Skincare” Brand. They offer a couple of sunscreens, both physical and chemical ones. The one listed alone, Tvakh Colloidal Oats and Carrotseed Broad Spectrum Sun Guard Gel, is a physical Sunblock infused with Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Colloidal Oats and CarrotSeed Oil as its key ingredients. It is a tinted gel which conceals the white cast. This is perfect as a everyday all in one product acting as a moisturizer, sunscreen and BB cream. But the only thing that bugs me, they haven’t specified the SPF. Their team says that this sun guard will give sun protection for 2 to 4 hours depending upon the porosity of one’s skin. Where to buy? Amazon.in

10. Soapworks Sunscreen Lotion Bars with SPF 60

Soapworks Sunscreen Lotion Bar is a completely Natural, Handmade sunscreen with Zinc Oxide. It is also enriched with Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Carrot Seed Oil, Raspberry Seed Oil and Avocado Oil. The earlier version of this bar contained Beeswax, which has now been replaced with Rice Bran Wax, making it the only Vegan Friendly Sunscreen amongst all the sunscreen in this list. The sunscreen bars also come in an eco-friendly packaging; but using a bar can be unhygienic and prone to getting rancid sooner, especially because this is a natural product with no preservatives. Where to buy? Amazon.in

11. Wildflower Naturals Everyday Sunscreen SPF 30+ UVA & UVB Protection

I believe this is a new brand in the market. I couldn’t find any reviews on this product. Analysing the product description, this is natural & mineral sunscreen with Natural Sunscreen Ingredients like Carrot Seed Oil, Avocado Oil and Minerals like Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. It also contains skin soothing ingredients like Organic Aloe Vera Gel and Green Tea Extract. This is said to be waterproof sunblock with broad spectrum coverage. The product is is not tested on animals as well. Where to buy? Amazon.in

12. The Moms Co Mineral Based Sunscreen SPF 50+ PA++The Moms Co Mineral Based Sunscreen is a Certified Made Safe and Toxin Free sunscreen specially formulated for delicate skin of babies and kids, but can be very well used by adults. The sunscreen is made with the combination of Zinc and Titanium Dioxide along with Organic Carrot Seed Oil and Organic Red Raspberry Seed Oil. It also has Shea Butter in it and is gentle for the skin. But again, this sunscreen is said to have the typical physical sunscreen attributes of prominent white cast and poor blendability. Mamaearth has a similar toxin free, made safe mineral sunscreen with almost similar formulation. But unfortunately, since they don’t state the full ingredient list, it did not make it to the list. Where to buy? Amazon.in

That’s all we have for now, I hope you find this post on Physical Sunscreens in India helpful. Do leave us your comments, questions, suggestions in the comments section below.

3 Replies to “List of Mineral/Physical Sunscreens available in India”

  1. Nice and useful compilation of physical sunscreens. I didn’t know Soap Works had a sunscreen lotion bar. Will check it out…

  2. This was the most useful article on mineral sunscreens in India. Much appreciated !

    1. Thank you so much 🙂

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