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Pratima Neem Rose Face Sunscreen SPF 30

August 15, 2009 Reviewed by admin 11 Comments
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


*Ionized Water, Micronized Zinc Oxide 18.6%, Extract of Neem, Brahmi, Shatavari, Licorice, Vitamin E, Lecithin, Rose Essential Oil, Xanthan Gum.
  • October 15, 2011

    by austinhoyt @ Neem Under Eye Treatment Gel

    Great article this, I am sure to try your suggestions. Especially because just like what Mark says, I've drained my bottle of sunscreen too and would like to try a new and a natural one. Thanks for sharing.

  • August 10, 2010

    by Laura

    Kate, I know it's strange but I've been using this sunscreen for a year now (as needed, not daily) and haven't had any extra hair sprouting up so I don't think the Brahmi is a problem.

  • August 9, 2010

    by Kate

    "Brahmi is a marsh plant that is supposed to stimulate hair and nail growth.” Why would you put something that stimulates hair growth on your face?

  • August 20, 2009

    by Laura

    Oh, and for Susan, I forgot to mention that you can call to order Pratima products: 215-581-8136 or email

  • August 20, 2009

    by Laura

    Deb, I found that Pratima Neem Rose absorbed very quickly. It required a tiny bit of rubbing but nothing excessive. My friend Jane, who has similar coloring to yours, used it as well and was equally pleased.

  • August 20, 2009

    by Deb

    I am very fair, Scottish, blonde, blue eyes, and since discovering sunscreens in my late 30's (am 56) I stay quite pale but least all freckles and most sun spots are gone. I can live with pale in the summer and when necessary apply facial self tanners (Channel has a great one). What I have always hated about zinc oxide sunscreens is that after application I am worse than pale - I look like a ghost due to the white zinc. Does Pratima leave you looking like one of friendly Casper's relatives?

  • August 20, 2009

    by Laura

    Susan, you can buy it online through Pratima's website,

    Or, if you live in NYC, you can go directly to their spa location. 110 Greene St # 701

  • August 19, 2009

    by SusanG

    Folks, where can we find this sunscreen?

  • August 19, 2009

    by Mark

    This review is right on time as I need to replenish my sunscreen and would like something with more natural ingredients, so I may need to give this a try. Thanks!

  • August 17, 2009

    by Laura

    We reviewed that mask and liked it, so we're 2 for 2 on Pratima sunscreen. I would give one of their cleansers a go based on our history thus far.

  • August 15, 2009

    by aerwin

    This sounds great and it reasonably priced. Has anyone tried their cleansers?

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