I have a long, well known love affair with all things Neutrogena. The company has great technology, great products that are very easily available and at a very affordable price. When on vacation I frequently rely on a Neutrogena sunscreen to protect my skin from the sun.
So, I was particularly excited to try out the new UltraSheer Dry-Touch Sunblock. It's already won an Editor's Choice Award from Allure, so it has a lot to live up to!
A quick review of the active ingredients below will show you that this sunscreen has great broad spectrum coverage. (Refer to Sunscreen Ingredients Post)
As well, Neutrogena makes a big deal about Helioplex™ in the formula. That is the combination of Avobenzone and Oxybenzone together, decreasing the breakdown of Avobenzone and therefore improving AVA protection.
Overall, you would be very hard pressed to find better protection. The sunscreen is available in both SPF 55 and SPF 70 (my choice).
• Avobenzone (3.0%)- AKA- Parsol 1789, Long Wave UVA
• Homosalate (15.0%)- UVB
• Octisalate (5.0%)- AKA Octyl Salicylate, UVB
• Octocrylene (2.8%)- UVB
• Oxybenzone (6.0%)-Short Wave UVA
Water, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Silica, Diethylhexyl 2, 6 - Napthalate, Beeswax, Caprylyl Methicone, Cetyl Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, BHT, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG - 100 Stearate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Acrylates/C12 - 22 Alkylmethacrylate Copolymer, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Xanthan Gum, Trideceth - 6, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Disodium EDTA, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance.
Neutrogena states that this formula is:
• Fast Absorbing
• Leaves skin soft and smooth
• Waterproof, Sweatproof
• Oil free and PABA free
The Sunscreen Experience
I have to say that I don't agree with the name "UltraSheer Dry-Touch" for this sunscreen. It is a thick white lotion, that can at times be difficult to rub in. Once on your skin, it has an odd powdery feeling, like you added baby powder to it. It's somehow powdery and greasy at once. This coating does feel rather thick on the skin, and this problem is really only compounded when you reapply.
In addition, I find the smell to be a strange chemical, light sunscreen and powder smell. It's not horrible, but is a bit bothersome anyways.
Neutrogena is easily found at nearly every mass market store, from Target to CVS and even the mini-mart in my Shell Gas Station. I love that you can buy a Multi-Pack from Amazon.com, making you more likely to actually apply that 1 ounce!
These factors make me feel strongly that this in not a good choice for everyday sunscreen. I'd gladly wear it by the pool in Hawaii, but I can not imagine wearing this sunscreen for a more active activity like tennis or golf. The hunt for a high SPF everyday sunscreen continues!