Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock with Helioplex, Spf 70 3oz Reviews

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock with Helioplex, Spf 70 3oz

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Sheer, non-greasy sunblock does exist - thanks, Neutrogena

Aug 5, 2008
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Pros:Lacks the shiny, greasy, sticky, heavy feeling of most sunblocks.

Cons:At $10 per bottle, well, it's not cheap.

The Bottom Line: This is a product I must use daily from now on, so I'm happy I can rely on it.


Approximately two months ago, I got an agonizing rash which covered my arms (from the elbow down) and my legs (from the knee down). After going to multiple doctors and being inaccurately diagnosed with a staph infection and hives in addition to being prescribed tons of unnecessary medication, the rash only worsened. I got no sleep and was in excruciating pain. Finally, I went to a dermatologist, who concluded that what I actually had along was Polymorphous Light Eruption, an allergy to sunlight. Suddenly everything made sense, because the rash had remained strictly on areas of my body that had been exposed to the sun through my wearing a short-sleeved shirt and capri pants. Sounds weird, but it's more common than I would have guessed -- and the closest thing to a method of prevention, he said, was a high-SPF sunblock.

After being given several small (0.5 oz.) samplers of Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock, I discovered that they worked well and bought some three-ounce bottles of my own. At $10 apiece, I knew this would be costing me a lot since I must use loads of sunscreen daily, EVERY day, but thankfully this product has proven itself worthy.

Initially I was frightened. Even though I always did enjoy the scent of all types of sunblock, many brands including Coppertone and Banana Boat were so greasy, sticky, and had a tendency to make me feel uncomfortably warm. This Neutrogena sunblock depicts a 'lightweight clean feel' on its bottle, and that is the absolute truth. Unlike the thick textures of previous sunblocks I had tried out, I can literally barely feel this. Additionally, this creamy-textured sunblock is actually pleasantly cold to the touch, and absorbs into my skin really, really fast. Once I apply it, I would probably forget it's there if not for the lovely scent.

One important thing to remember about this sunblock is that it's best to apply it at least fifteen minutes before going out into the sun. I'll admit that there have been times when I've gotten in a hurry, forgotten to apply it in enough time prior to going out, instead applying some five minutes before heading out the door -- and I can feel the burn. So when the bottle's instructions say "Apply liberally on face and body fifteen minutes before sun exposure," it MEANS FIFTEEN MINUTES before sun exposure! "Liberally" should be taken to heart as well. Don't be afraid to double-coat the sunscreen, even on areas that you may look over, like the neck, back, and chest if you're wearing a shirt or swimsuit that may expose all of parts of those areas.

Another benefit of the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock is that it's kind to the complexion. It's no secret that many sunscreens cause for an oily overall complexion in addition to the sprouting of a few extra unsightly pimples. As I mentioned earlier, this sunblock is difficult to even feel, and it thankfully doesn't bring any acne along. I'm also glad that, with Neutrogena, there's no shininess that screams, "Hey! I'm wearing loads of sunscreen!" This sunblock truly seems to melt right into your skin, protecting it well in the most modest type of way.

It's a hot, hot summer here in Texas, and I would like to recommend this sunblock to everyone. I guess I never realized the importance of sunblock prior to discovering my new skin condition, but now I can not seem to emphasize it enough. I know it's easy to be wary of sunblock because of its thick, aggravating texture, so I'm happy to report that there are no problems in that area when it comes to Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock. The fact that it's got an SPF of 70 is nice, and I've even also purchased some bottles of SPF 85 (never even knew they went that high, did you?). Protect your skin with this product.


Recommend this product? Yes


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