Powders, Sticks And Sprays: Experiment With These 8 Sunscreens That Are Not Creams

If you’ve been putting off using sunscreen citing stickiness, or you simply don’t like the feel of the cream, lotion and gel formulations on your skin, fret not, because when it comes to sunscreens there’s a whole world of options out there. Think sun sticks, loose powders and compacts with SPF, lightweight sunblock sprays, swipe-on powder brushes and more! The great thing about these textures in sunscreen, especially powders and sticks, is that they lend themselves well to reapplication (which is a must with sunscreen), even over makeup; not to mention their no-spill, travel-friendly benefits too!

We round up some such sunscreen products, so go on and take your pick:

1. The Face Shop Natural Sun Eco No Shine Sun Powder

Those with oily or combination skin will love this powder sunscreen. It is weightless, broad spectrum and ideal for face, body and even the scalp. Its ultra-soft loose powder texture delivers sun protection and can easily be reapplied with the powder puff that comes with it. This formula is water-resistant for up to 40 minutes and can be worn by itself or over makeup or even over any other sunscreen formulation. It is ideal for sensitive and acne-prone skin. Portable and convenient, it also comes in a refillable, compact pack.

2. AHC Natural Perfection Double Shield Sun Stick

A refreshing sun stick, this offers powerful sun protection with its broad spectrum of SPF50+ PA++++. Its patented UV IR Block protects against UV rays (sunlight) and infrared rays (sun heat) at the same time. Its Phyto Protect Complex helps soothe and protect delicate skin from external aggressors. It is non-sticky and can be easily swiped over makeup as well. Just toss it in your bag and you’re good to go. 

3. iS Clinical PerfecTint Powder SPF 40


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This luxurious SPF powder formula offers multi-level UVA/UVB protection and guards the skin against the visible signs of photo-ageing while minimising the appearance of pores and absorbing surface oil to create a flawless finish. It features a botanical antioxidant Extremozyme technology, clinically proven to help protect skin from environmental stressors. It is non-irritating, non-allergenic and can be used on the face, neck, arms and scalp. Simple and handy to use, it comes with a self-dispensing handheld brush, and is available in five tints to suit different skin tones: ivory, cream, beige, bronze, and deep.

4. SCINIC Enjoy All Round Airy Sun Cushion Ex SPF50+ PA++++

This K-beauty brand’s compact sunscreen powder not only offers sun protection but is also infused with glacial water, madecassoside and plant-based extracts for hydrating, cooling and soothing effects. It is a physical sunblock compact with SPF 50+ PA++++ and formulated in a lightweight texture protects that protects skin against UV rays, without leaving a sticky finish. Its cooling effect literally cools off the skin and temporarily brings down skin temperature. It can be used on the face and body and its water droplet-shaped wide puff provides detailed application for the side of the nose and around the eyes.

5. Supergoop! (Re)setting Refreshing Mist SPF 40


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Not a lotion, not a spray—this weightless, ultrafine face mist with SPF not only gives sun protection but even helps set makeup, refresh your look and reapply your SPF throughout the day! With a matte finish and a subtle, aromatic blend of rosemary and mint, this innovative formula is a winner. Just shake it well before each use, then spray it on for the perfect midday SPF pick-me-up. 

6. Lakme Sun Expert Ultra Matte SPF 40 Pa+++ Compact


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An affordable but good option when it comes to compact sunscreens, this long-wear SPF 40 matte powder offers a high-coverage layer that blocks harmful UVA and UVB sun rays. It helps prevent sunburns, tanning, dark spots and premature ageing. It is suited to all skin types and spreads effortlessly on your skin giving it a smooth, matte finish.

7. Avène Very High Protection Sunscreen Spray SPF 50+

A convenient spray-on sunscreen formulation, this one contains pre-tocopheryl and the famous Avène Thermal Spring Water. Pre-tocopheryl, which is a photostable Vitamin E precursor, gives additional cell protection from the sun, keeping the skin well shielded while Avène Thermal Spring Water soothes the skin and contains anti-irritant properties as well. It offers ample protection from UV rays and is suitable for sensitive skin as well. It is paraben-free certified and 100% photostable. The spray works by forming a protective layer around the skin to repel radiation from the sun and keeps your skin safe. Simply spritz it on exposed body parts 30 minutes before stepping out into the sun and let it work its magic.

8. Neutrogena Beach Defense Sunscreen Stick Broad Spectrum SPF 50+


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Beach bums looking for a good sun block, this sun stick is for you. But beach or otherwise too, this product offers powerful sun protection in a convenient, mess-free form. Suitable for both face and body, this unique wide-faced stick glides on easily. It’s formulated with Neutrogena’s Helioplex Technology which helps deliver superior broad-spectrum protection from skin-ageing UVA rays and skin-burning UVB rays. It is lightweight, water-resistant and fast-absorbing and is great for an SPF touch-up.

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