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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Good for sensitive, acne-prone skin

Aug 22, 2008 (Updated Aug 22, 2008)
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Pros:Very effective, doesn't cause breakouts, light-weight, not greasy

Cons:Sometimes leaves behind white, powdery residue

The Bottom Line: This is a great high-SPF sunscreen that won't clog your pores or leave your face feeling greasy or coated with sunscreen.


I have struggled with acne for years and high-SPF sunscreens have often been the culprit of summertime breakouts. Unfortunately, I didn't have much of a choice about wearing sunscreen because I burn easily as it is and the acne treatments I use (benzoyl peroxide and Retin-A) make my skin even more sun-sensitive. My dermatologist gave me a sample of Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock with Helioplex, SPF 70 last spring and since then, I've been hooked!

The basics
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock with Helioplex, SPF 70 delivers UVA and UVB protection.

UVB rays are the main cause of sunburns. The SPF # in sunscreens indicates the UVB protection. For SPF 70, it means you can stay in the sun 70 times longer than you would normally be able to without getting burned. So, if you can normally only be in the sun for 5 minutes before you start to burn, with Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock with Helioplex, SPF 70 you could stay in the sun without burning (theoretically - i.e. when applied perfectly) for 350 minutes (that's almost 6 hours!).

So if UVB rays cause sunburn, why worry about UVA protection? UVA rays penetrate the skin more deeply and can cause wrinkles and other damage that can even lead to skin cancer. Most sunscreens offer some UVA protection, but the chemicals used for UVA protection breakdown when exposed to sunlight. The Helioplex technology in this sunscreen is actually a combination of 2 sunscreens, avobenzone and oxybenzone. This combination helps give Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock with Helioplex, SPF 70 longer lasting UVA protection than conventional sunscreens.

This sunscreen is also non-comedogenic (which means it won't clog your pores), waterproof, sweatproof and PABA-free.

The instructions are standard sunscreen application instructions: "Apply liberally to face and body 15 minutes before sun exposure. For added protection, reapply after swimming, excessive perspiration, towel drying or extended sun exposure."

Note that experts suggest the average adult needs 1 oz. of sunscreen to adequately cover his/her entire body - so this 3 oz. bottle would only give you 3 full body applications.

How it actually works
When it comes out of the tube, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch looks like any other sunscreen. But as soon as you start to rub it into your skin, you realize that it doesn't have that same greasy, heavy feeling that most sunscreens do. It's very lightweight and leaves no greasy residue behind.

Related to residue issues, my ONLY complaint about this is that it sometimes leaves spots of white, powdery residue behind. I think these are just spots where the sunscreen doesn't get rubbed in as well, as they particularly seem to show up around the hairline and eyebrows (where it would obviously take more rubbing to get the sunscreen to soak into the skin). You can just rub the white spots away, so it's not that big of a deal - but if Neutrogena found a way to fix that, this would be perfection in a bottle!

I use this sunscreen only on my face during the spring, summer and early fall, when I feel I need long-lasting, high SPF protection. (I use a lesser SPF - and less expensive - sunscreen for my body and a sunscreen/moisturizer for my face during the winter.) Applying a quarter to half-dollar sized amount once daily, a 3 oz. tube will last me about 3 weeks. When I go on vacation to the beach, and therefore apply 2-3 times a day, a 3 oz. bottle will last only about a week - 10 days.

On days when I want to wear makeup, I apply the sunscreen first, let it sink in for about 5-10 minutes and then apply my makeup. Because it doesn't leave a greasy residue, makeup goes on very easily - even powder (which is what I often use).

In the time I've been using this, I have never had a sunscreen-related breakout or noticed any problem with blackheads. I've also never gotten a sunburn on my face - and that includes spending hours on the beach in Jamaica for nearly a week straight. My face stays nice and untanned - just the way I like it!

I admit this sunscreen is a bit pricey - I usually pay about $9 for 3 oz. at Wal-Mart - but for me, it's worth avoiding painful sunburns and helping protect my skin from damaging (and possibly cancer-causing) rays.


Recommend this product? Yes


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