I was headed out of the Truth In Aging offices to catch an afternoon Mets game recently and realized that the only sun protection I  had between my face and the hot August rays was the SPF 20 in my face lotion from that morning. Marta kindly supplied me with a bottle of Pratima Neem Rose Face Sunscreen ($16) as I headed out the door with the stipulation that I review it for TIA.  You've heard about this product on TIA before. A few readers have recommended it and we named it one of the 5 best zinc oxide sunscreens earlier this summer. We also liked Pratima's Turmeric Facial Mask.

Pratima's products are handmade according to Ayurvedic traditions. They believe (and I firmly agree), that "What we apply on the skin should be good enough to eat." A fully Ayurvedic skincare regimen means that the products you use are determined by what type of skin you have, which can be Vata, Pitta or Kapha. I just took a quick online quiz to determine my Dosha and it told me that I am Pitta. I did not visit an Ayurvedic practitioner before using this sunscreen, but Pratima says that it is suitable for all skin types.

The Neem Rose Face Sunscreen is wonderful. It smells fabulous (like roses), goes on smoothly, rubs in quickly without feeling greasy and provides a full spectrum of sun protection with 18.6% zinc oxide. I have normal skin, not too oily or sensitive, and this caused me no problems at all. Between softball and pool time, I've been in the sun frequently over the past weeks and have been happy with Pratima's performance each time.

The ingredients are top quality. Neem oil, taken from an evergreen tree, is a popular ingredient in natural beauty products because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that combat free radicals. Thus, this sunscreen does double-duty as an anti-aging product. Read more about neem in this post by Jimmy.

Marta reviewed some of the other good things in this sunscreen in the zinc oxide roundup, "shatavari, a Himalyan plant whose name means ’she of 100 husbands’. It is, however, a potent antioxidant (source). Brahmi is a marsh plant that is supposed to stimulate hair and nail growth." You can purchase Pratima Neem Rose Face Sunscreen at http://www.pratimaskincare.com/.


*Ionized Water, Micronized Zinc Oxide 18.6%, Extract of Neem, Brahmi, Shatavari, Licorice, Vitamin E, Lecithin, Rose Essential Oil, Xanthan Gum.