Last Updated on September 21, 2021
Sunscreens are the new necessity in everyone’s morning skincare routine. So I often have readers asking for recommendations for the best mineral sunscreen for face in India.
Until a few months ago, I didn’t have many Indian brands to suggest them especially if they had oily/acne-prone skin like mine. But thankfully, a few interesting mineral sunscreens have been launched in India since then from brands like Earth Rhythm, Juicy Chemistry, YBP, etc.
So we have a broader selection of physical sunscreens in India now to find the right fit for our skin and budget.
Mineral Vs Chemical: Which Sunscreen is Best?
Lately, there have been a lot of concerns over the safety of ingredients used in chemical/organic sunscreens. Hence, more and more women want to use physical aka mineral sunscreens and stay on the side of caution, including me.
These physical sunscreens are made with either zinc oxide or titanium dioxide which are considered to be safer and less irritating too. So if you have are pregnant or have sensitive skin, these will suit you well.
But finding a good physical sunscreen is often harder than finding a perfect foundation match. If you have a wheatish or dark skin tone, most physical sunscreens will leave a white cast on your face making you look ashy or even ghostlike.
And if you have oily/acne-prone skin, physical sunscreens tend to be greasy and break you out too. So if you have a darker skin tone and oily skin, your choices are limited. You may have to settle with a hybrid version if you are on a tight budget.
Best Mineral Sunscreens in India For All Skin Types
Here are the best broad-spectrum mineral sunscreens available in India that will help protect your skin from sun damage. As always, I have only picked products that have a complete ingredient list mentioned and don’t contain controversial ingredients. So pick one that suits your skin type and budget and you are good to go.
1. YBP Skin Salve SPF 25
YBP makes some amazing plant-based skincare products. Their mineral sunscreen is a bit on the expensive side. But it is tinted and hence less likely to leave a white cast on your skin.
It offers SPF 25 PA+++ protection and leaves a dewy finish on your face. If budget is not an issue for you, go for this tinted mineral sunscreen.
2. Ozone Signature Tinted Sun Protector
If you are looking for an affordable tinted sunscreen, try this mineral sunscreen from Ozone Signature- an Ayurveda-inspired brand. It has an orange tint and has a lotion-like consistency.
The sunscreen is made with non-nano zinc oxide and provides broad-spectrum SPF 20 protection.
3. Soultree Sun Protection Cream SPF 30
Made with soothing ingredients like aloe, green tea and vitamin e oil, this mineral sunscreen from Soultree is best suited for dry-skinned people in India. It is certified by BDIH Germany has SPF 30 which is decent for everyday use.
You can buy it here
4. The Moms Co. Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50
If you spend a lot of time outdoors, the Moms. Co Sunscreen will be a better choice as it has SPF 50. Based on reviews online, this does leave a white cast on the skin so it will suit only fair-skinned people. This too is best suited for dry skin types.
P.s. The Moms Co. Mineral Sunscreen is designed for babies but can be used by adults as well.
You can buy this on Vanity Wagon. (Use code DEMURE20 for 20% off)
5. Earth Rhythm Sun Fluids
If you want a non-greasy physical sunscreen without the terrible white cast, then you should pick the Earth Rhythm sun fluids. These might just be the best mineral sunscreen in India for oily skin at the present.
They are available in 3 variants- SPF 15, SPF 30 and SPF 50, and offer broad-spectrum protection. The SPF 30 version which I tried has a lightweight consistency and hence can be used by oily skin types too. You can even skip moisturizer if you have a combination or oily skin type.
6. Qurez Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30
Qurez’s mattifying hybrid sunscreen has a lot of fans so their mineral sunscreen is worth a try if you want to avoid the controversial chemical filters. It contains aloe vera, vitamin E, seabuckthorn extract and matcha tea, all great for nourishing your skin.
Available on Vanity Wagon. (Use code DEMURE20 for 20% off)
7. Mamaearth Mineral Sunscreen SPF 20
This is a physical sunscreen primarily designed for kids. But has that ever stopped us from using it? The ingredients list has a lot of natural emollients and occlusives so will best suit dry/sensitive skin types.
You can also use this on your body since it is quite affordable. And there is a trial-sized version to check if suits your skin too.
Available on Amazon
8. Juicy Chemistry Camellia Raspberry Natural Sunscreen SPF 30
This is a broad-spectrum, cream-based organic mineral sunscreen made with non-nano zinc oxide. It may leave a slight white cast but is made with nourishing ingredients like raspberry, sunflower and camellia seed oil along with shea butter and beeswax.
It will best suit normal to dry skin types and you will probably not need a separate moisturizer with this one.
Buy it here (10% Discount Code: DEMURE10)
So, which of these mineral sunscreen options from India are you planning to pick?
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