Review: Ren Skincare Clean Screen Mattifying Face Sunscreen SPF 30

 This formula‘s non-nano, naturally derived zinc oxide offers broad-spectrum protection, while passion fruit extract—known for its antioxidant properties—supports the skin‘s natural defense against free radicals. Its rice starch leaves the skin mattified, helping to ensure your sunscreen stays put on oily skin.


As an oily-acneic person, I’m always on the hunt for a good sunscreen that feels comfortable over my moisturizer and over my skin without clogging anything, and after hearing so many good things about Ren Skincare, I decided to try their sunscreen. Though the package is small, the contents will definitely last a few months of daily use. This mineral sunscreen comes out as a thick, white paste. Spreading it across the skin will require some patient gusto, otherwise you’ll be heading straight towards white-cast city. Even then, you may have a white cast, with white particles bunching across the face even after smoothing the product out. Overall, it doesn’t look too great if you’re planning to go bare faced.

Ingredient Pros and Cons

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Zinc Oxide, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Caprylyl Caprylate/Caprate, Propanediol, Arachidyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Coco-Glucoside, Oryza Sativa Starch, Pongamia Glabra Seed Oil, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Behenyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Arachidyl Glucoside, Isostearic Acid, Lecithin, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Passiflora Edulis Fruit Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glyceryl Oleate, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Chloride, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Cinnamomum Camphora Linalloliferum (Ho Wood) Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Glucose, Parfum* (Fragrance), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosmary) Leaf Extract, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool

Significant Pros

  • Zinc Oxide (sunscreen)
  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (moisturizing)
  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (moisturizing, calming)
  • Glycerin (moisturizing)
  • Propanediol (moisturizing)
  • Pongamia Glabra Seed Oil (anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, antioxidant)

Significant Cons

  • Everything here is listed under Phenoxyethanol, so I wouldn’t consider any of these ingredients terribly dooming.
  • Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil (skin irritant)
  • Parfum* / Fragrance (skin irritant)
  • Citronellol (skin irritant)
  • Geraniol (skin irritant)
  • Limonene (skin irritant)
  • Linalool (skin irritant)

The Takeaway

I’m disappointed, to be honest. Though the product did well to keep my face mattified, the white-cast was persistent as were the particles it left behind. Perhaps this wouldn’t be a big deal if I wore make-up over it, but I’d prefer a sunscreen to melt into my skin without any embarrassing after-effects. Moreover, the price is on the higher side ($30-40), so I don’t feel comfortable repurchasing this sunscreen or recommending it to others.

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