There are a lot of posts on the internet talking about chemical and physical sunscreens. Their benefits, pros, cons, and whatnot. 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 that 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 groundwork, 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 them. 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 a 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
Suncros 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. Suncros Sunscreen comes in two variants – aqua lotion (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-ionized 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 58
The 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 for up to 80 minutes. Where to buy it? Amazon.in
3. Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Face Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50
Don’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, of course. 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 inactive 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 it? Amazon.in
4. Clinique SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen Fluid for Face
This 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 an 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 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
5. La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Tinted Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid
Coming 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 up to 40 minutes. Where to buy? Amazon.in
6. Kama Ayurveda Natural Sun Protection SPF 21 PA++
Kama Ayurveda is an ayurvedic skincare brand wherein the inactive 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
7. 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
8. Lotus Organics+ Mineral Sunscreens
Lotus Organics+ has three Mineral Sunscreens formulated with Natural Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, providing protection against 98% harmful UV rays. They are sweatproof and waterproof with a lightweight texture. Each variant is enriched with certified organic ingredients targeted for each skin type.
- Hydrating Gel SPF 30 PA+++ (Contains Organic Frangipani Flower Extract to calm and hydrate the skin).
- Tinted Ultra Matte SPF 40 PA+++ (Contains Organic Cranberry Extracts which has antioxidant properties).
- Sheer Brightening SPF 50 PA+++ (Contains Organic White Peony Extracts to reduce dullness and brighten the skin).
The sunscreens are free of artificial fragrance, parabens, and preservatives. It’s also cruelty-free.
Where to buy? Amazon.in
9. La Shield Fisico Matte Sunscreen Gel
From the house Glenmark, La Shield Fisico Matte Sunscreen Gel is a common sunscreen recommended by dermatologists in India. It offers SPF 50 PA+++ providing broad-spectrum protection against UV rays. The chemical filter-free sunscreen is water-resistant for up to 8 hours. Besides being a fragrance-free sunscreen, it is also free of irritants and preservatives. This sunscreen is suitable for sensitive skin types. Where to buy it? Amazon.in
10. Re’equil Sheer Zinc Tinted Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 Pa+++
Re’equil, a very popular brand famous for its oxybenzone free and dry touch sunscreens, recently launched this 100% mineral sunscreen. Made with 25% micro ionized zinc oxide, it does not penetrate into the skin. This is tinted sunscreen and blends with every skin tone universally without leaving any white cast. It offers broad-spectrum UVA, UVB, and IR protection and protects the skin from oxidative free radicals. In addition to being free of parabens, sulfates, and mineral oil, the Re’equil Sheer Zinc Sunscreen is completely fragrance-free and is suitable for those with sensitive skin. Where to buy it? Amazon.in
11. SunKage 100% Physical Sunscreen
SunKage 100% Physical Sunscreen is a medical-grade sunscreen recommended by dermatologists. Formulated with 25% micro ionized zinc oxide, it is also enriched with aloe vera, vitamin E, and Safflower Oil. Its water-resistant and long-lasting SPF provides broad-spectrum protection against UVA, UVB, and IRR, Critical wavelength 380. It’s a very lightweight sunscreen that gives a matte finish and leaves no white cast. Someone with oily skin will love this. It’s also mom comedogenic hence acne-prone skin-friendly. Besides, the sunscreen is fragrance-free and Paraben free as well. Where to buy? Amazon.in
12. Alkem Sunheal Pure
Alkem Sunheal Pure is an effective, 100% mineral sunscreen made with the active physical sunscreen ingredient Zinc Oxide (micro ionized). It’s a broad spectrum UVA & UVB blocker with SPF 50+ PA+++. The sunscreen effectively protects against sunburns, premature skin aging, and photodermatitis. Above all, Sunheal Pure is water-resistant, Hypoallergenic, Non-Comedogenic and Dermatologically tested. 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.