Pratima is a New York based skin care company with roots in Ayuverdic medicine, and their Neem Rose sunscreen is a popular product among sunscreen fanatics. Pratima only ships within the U.S. , but I really wanted to try it for my sunscreen review series-so I ended up getting it parcel forwarded along with a Sephora purchase. I’m glad I tried this because it’s one of the most elegantly formulated Zinc Oxide sunscreens I’ve used.
price: $18.00 2fl oz/60ml
The Pratima Neem Rose Sunscreen has 18.6% micronised Zinc Oxide which gives good UVA and UVB protection and excellent photostability (doesn’t easily break down in presence of UV light). Not the highest % of Zinc Oxide out there (Marie Veronique Moisturising Face Screen, Soleo Organic and Invisible Zinc have 20- 22.4% ) , but 18.6% is still reasonable.
The Pratima only use physical blockers (staying clear of chemical filters) and does not contain petrochemicals, parabens, or photosensitizing agents (like Vitamin A derivatives and citrus family essential oils).
note: not sure about the difference between chemical and physical, UVA and UVB, and what SPF really means? go to my Sunscreen Lowdown Part 1.
The majority of physical sunblocks available are either greasy and heavy, or heavy and drying; Pratima is none of those things. The Pratima Rose Sunscreen is lightly moisturising with a creamy, lotiony texture and probably the most elegant formulation I’ve come across. It goes on silky and after application there is no greasiness on the skin, no shine, and no tackiness (which is BurnOut Physical Ocean Tested Sunscreen‘s achilles heel).
The Pratima Neem Rose sunscreen has virtually no white cast, much like the BurnOut sunscreens.
This sunscreen doesn’t seem last long on the face when you’re exercising, so it’s more of an everyday sunscreen rather than a sports sunscreen.
|IONIZED WATER, NON-NANO MICRONIZED ZINC OXIDE 18.6%, ORGANIC EXTRACTS OF NEEM, BRAHMI, SHATAVARI, LICORICE, VITAMIN E, LECITHIN, ORGANIC ESSENTIAL OIL OF ROSE, XANTHAN GUM.|
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