Neutrogena's Spectrum+ Sunblock Collection Review

Neutrogena Spectrum +, spectrum+, sunscreen, sunblock, review
I'm finally starting back on all of those sunscreen reviews I promised! While I recently reviewed Coppertone Sport's latest formula, this is the one that was my favorite while on vacation in Hawaii.

Why did I like it so much? Lots of reasons. This Neutrogena is very lightweight (I could feel it on my skin, but it wasn't noticeable after about 2 minutes), it had only a light sunscreen smell, and rubbed in easily. It is waterproof, though I reapplied after every swim to be sure I was being protected and wouldn't turn in to a lobster or mass of freckles.

This product line features Helioplex, which basically means they have formulated the product to have the Avobenzone (which is known to be finicky) to be very photostable.

Neutrogena Spectrum+ Face
Neutrogena Spectrum+


  1. I used to use the Neutrogena AgePerfect or something like that sunscreen for the Face, and I found it too thick and sticky. I have since switched to Le Roche Posay's Anthelios but honestly it's not that much better and was wondering how the Neutrogena Spectrum+ compared to either the LRP or the other Nuetrogena face formula?

  2. is this for daily use? I don't swim or run, but I do drive almost 3 hours a day (1.5 h each way) and the sun is just right on my face.

    I have a sensitive skin and want to try a sunscreen with high spf for daily use. Any recomendation?

    Any sunscreen suggestion for the eye area?

  3. Christina-
    This Neutrogena face is a little lighter in overall feeling than the other (the age shield one). Pretty much all of the Neutrogena products are using the same combination of sunscreens right now, so they're all broad spectrum. I think pick the one that works for you.
    If you want something even lighter that is easier to wear makeup over, the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer is definitely lighter than this and the Age Shield product. The LRP Anthelios is basically identical to it in feel. I have both, but haven't bothered to write up the LRP yet, I'm getting burned out on righting about sunscreens all the time, but summer is going to end soon so I need to hurry up!

    Anon- I think you can use any sunscreen daily, it's mostly a matter of finding something your skin can handle. If you're in the car that much I'd pick one of the Neutrogena products for my hands/arms (they are getting a ton of exposure, esp on that left side), and then I'd go with a lighter feeling product that can easily go under my makeup. I like the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer, the La Roche Posay Anthelios or Kiehl's new Super Fluid UV defense. They all come in very high (50+) SPF versions, which gives you more leaway in getting good protection if your application is less than perfect.

    Another option, beyond doing a separate sunscreen product, is to make sure your morning moisturizer has a really high SPF. In your case I'd recommend checking out the Olay Regenerist moisturizer, they make a SPF 55 product now. I tried it out for a while about 2 months ago and haven't written about it yet. I really liked it, the issue was that the bottle is a little small and you'll really need to apply the moisturizer everywhere to make sure you're getting protection. Just an option to consider.

    As well, if your skin is really sensitive, you may be better off with a sunscreen product that is only a physical sunscreen, rather than a combination of physical and chemical. Those with really sensitive skin do tend to better with physical sunscreens. I haven't found one yet that I like, they tend to be much heavier on the skin and will give you a whitish cast. I'd only go this route if your skin really can't tolerate any of the other products.

    For the eye area I just use whatever sunscreen I'm already using on my face. It shouldn't really need anything different, just be careful not to get it in your eyes.

    I hope that helps!


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