Pros: Nice finish, not greasy, oily and shiny
Cons: Doesn't contain a physical sun block ingredient, expensive
I am a huge fan of sunscreen. While all my friends are going to tanning beds and baking in the sun in search of the ultimate tan, I am sitting in the shade, with at least SPF 30 on, telling them all about skin cancer, premature aging and the unavoidable pain of getting a sunburn. I have tried almost every sunscreen available to me, as such you can imagine how excited I get when a new sunscreen is introduced, which is how I found, and fell in love with the new Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sun block.
This new sunscreen from Neutrogena comes in a standard bottle that stands on its lid. The finish of the bottle is matte to indicate that the finish on your skin will be the same. The bottle itself holes very little sunscreen, only 3 fl. oz. so if applied properly (about 1 oz. per full body application) it will only last 3 applications, at around $9USD a bottle that means it's going to cost you $3 for every full body application of this stuff.
The product itself is a white cream that has very little scent, so if you are looking for the unmistakable, summer/sunscreen scent, this product will not satisfy you. I have the SPF 30, which is what I am reviewing; this product also comes in an SPF 45 with very few differences besides percentage of the active ingredients.
The active ingredients in this sunscreen are: "2.0% Avobenzone, 7.0% Homosalate, 7.5% Octinoxate, 5.0% Octisalate, 3.0% Oxybenzone" which means that this is an in part Parasol 1789 sunblock. While Parsol 1789 is a very effective block for both the UVA and UVB spectrum (meaning this sunscreen provides good coverage across the full spectrum protecting you fully) many people are allergic to chemical sun blocks such as this. If you have sensitive skin or are known to break out or have a reaction to Parsol 1789 I recommend sticking to a physical block such as Titanium Dioxide. For those allergic to PABA, this sunscreen is PABA free like most other on the market now.
Because this is a chemical sunscreen it must be applied 15-30 minutes before going outside or you will be unprotected for your first few minutes outside. Although touted as waterproof, sweat proof and rub proof, Neutrogena recommends re-application after prolonged swimming, toweling or perspiring to keep the protection level of SPF 30 accurate.
How this product performs (or what's so great about this?)
So far I have described to you a very average sun block that is very expensive but nothing special. Well the fact of the matter is, I bought this sunscreen and will continue to buy this sunscreen for one reason, the finish of this product is amazing and exactly what I was looking for. I was sick of feeling slimy, oily and sticky after sunscreen application. I was sick of having sand a dirt stick to my skin on sunscreen that refused to absorb. Neutrogena's new sunscreen has a dry-touch technology that is exactly what it sounds like. The finish of this sunscreen once applied is dry and matte, making your skin look natural and making it feel soft, not greasy. The lotion is not so matte that your skin has no natural glow, but it will definitely not appear greasy or refuse to absorb.
Besides texture, this sunscreen does provide adequate sun protection, which is sometimes a hard find. If protection is your only worry I would recommend trying out a cheaper product because Neutrogena Ultra Sheer sun block is nothing special. I have used this sunscreen many times, out for an average of 3 hours and didn't get a hint of sun on my skin; this includes swimming time (after which bad me did not re-apply) and outdoor sports.
This sunscreen did not cause me to break out, however I won't use it near my face as it is not-oil free. Some other sunscreens make me breakout on my back and chest however but this was not a problem with the Ultra Sheer sun block
Here is what Neutrogena has to say about this new sunscreen:
"Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunblock is a breakthrough in sun protection. It protects with Parsol? 1789 - advanced broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection - and combines it with Dry Touch technology to provide an ultra-light, non-shiny finish. This lightweight sun block absorbs quickly and has a light, fresh scent. The non-oily formula is enriched with anti-oxidant vitamins A, C, and E to help fight against environmental damage."
Active Ingredients: 2.0% Avobenzone, 7.0% Homosalate, 7.5% Octinoxate, 5.0% Octisalate, 3.0% Oxybenzone
Inactive Ingredients: Water, Silica, Adipic Acid/Diethylene Glycol/Glycerin Crosspolymer, VP-Hexadecene Copolymer, Dimethicone, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Glycerin, Oat (Aveena Sativa) Kernel Extract, Squalane, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dimethicone, BHT, Cetyl Dimethicone, Bisabolol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Polysorbate 60, Tetrasodium EDTA, Butylene Glycol, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Xanthan Gum, Benzyl Alcohol, Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance
If you are like me and want a sunscreen that doesn't look like sunscreen once applied to the skin, then this product is for you. Although it provides average protection with no physical sun block and is extremely overpriced it feels nice on the skin and can be worn on a daily basis without feeling like a grease monkey. To date I have not found another sunscreen with a finish similar to this, so until then I will continue to fork over my hard earned money for this sun block.