Since it is getting nicer out and I will be in the sun more often I decided to up the SPF with my face products. I bought this sunscreen for about $14 which is a decent price for a large bottle like this one. I wear this on top of my moisturizer in the morning and I haven't experience any white cast on my skin! Maybe since I use a very small amount and rub it in right away. It dries nice and matte and does not make my face feel greasy or oily at all. My primer and makeup glided nicely over this and it did not effect them negatively in any way. I am really liking this sunscreen, it hasn't clogged my pores or given me zits which is great since I am very acne prone and sensitive. I would recommend this to everyone for the summer time and really any time, you should always be protecting your skin!
I did a lot of research on sunscreen ingredients before settling on this one. I like that this is broad spectrum (blocks uva and uvb rays). Without getting into too much detail, the 'helioplex' is the name neutrogena gave for their formula for stabilizing avobezone and oxybenzone in sunlight (these are the active ingredients that absorb the uv rays)
The way this product reacted to my skin was a little odd... if I applied the product too thickly, instead of absorbing over time, like most creams, it would sit on my skin and dry to a white and flaky substance. Anything that did absorb would start to flake if I rubbed my skin.
So the my solution to this weird absorption reaction was to add my moisturizer on top.
I have heard conflicting opinions on whether moisturizer or sunscreen should go on first from my doctor, from the 'expert' at the makeup counter, from 'experts' on the internet. My conclusion is to just do what works for you.
While this sunscreen works really well on my body whenever I wear this on my face where it is supposedly supposed to go it burns so badly. It doesn't break me out and it does have a pretty nice matte finish and is not too thick but I cannot use it on my face its just way too irritating.
If you have ACNE PRONE or SENSITIVE SKIN DO NOT BUY THIS! AVOID HELIOPLEX like a plague....
Helioplex uses a chemical reaction to deflect the sun's rays from your skin. The reaction can create heat bumps on sensitive skin and is particularly problematic for people with acne. Look for a sunscreen with fewer chemical (titanium or zinc oxide is a good alternative). Also avoid fragrance... (paraphrased from the Mayo clinic).
I wish I would have taken the time to research sunscreen and the chemicals that are used BEFORE I tried this product... Could I get a HELL NO option for 'would you buy this again'? I used the body mist version 1 time and got - literally - 100+ white heads that slowly turned into cystic acne for months (TMI, but it's worth saying)! It's finally clearing up, but because of my fair skin I'm left with scarring and red marks all over my jaw line!!! I'm also completely traumatized.
I'm surprised at the numbers of bad reviews. I'm on my 3rd tube. A couple of years I started using a separate sunscreen on top of my day time moisturizer. I use this sun screen everyday of the year. I find that my skin has gotten way better since I started doing that. I don't find it thick like some people say. In face I find it dries up pretty quickly. The tube package is very easy to use and travel with. I pay from $11-14 CAD and I think that's pretty reasonable for a face sunscreen. Also I like it that it doesn't have a strange smell like some some other sun blocks do. I don't have any problems with break out with this product. As I said I'm on my 3rd tube and I'll keep on buying this again.
Made me break out after a few uses and even caused peeling on my cheeks and nose! I have normal skin and most products work on it.
I got this product last year since it was on sale for about 7.99 CDN from its original price of 13.99 CDN. This is very difficult to spread on my face since it's quite thick and it leaves a white film if not blended well. To combat this, I usually mix this with my moisturizer (1/3 of this and 2/3 moisturizer) and it usually works well that way for me. The sad thing though is it breaks me out, giving me little whiteheads on my cheeks and my forehead. I recently invested in another sunscreen (Shiseido) and if that works well for my face, I would just use this on my chest, neck and arms.
Bought this with a bargain price. I was looking for a sunscreen with higher SPF that can be an alternative to the Shiseido one I was using. That one was ok but still left my skin a bit greasy. I was swinging between this one the the SPF55 but decided to buy this because it is fragrance free.
It is thicker than Shiseido but I find it to be pretty easy to blend in. It does not leave my skin feeling oily and greasy even though when I touch my face, I could tell that I am wearing a sunscreen. It is winter now so I do not need a lot so I think this could last a long way.
I have not experiencing any white spots, stricks or break outs as of now. Will update in the future
This stuff is way too greasy for my face and neck. It gave me a bunch of whiteheads on my cheeks!! I can only use this on my arms and legs.
I have this sunblock with the helioplex in spf 70, and it works nicely. I was given the neutrogena daily moisturizer with spf 50 and it was terrbile, it made my face brake out and turn red, so I was reluctant to try another neutrogena moisturizer. However, I needed facial sunblock and this is the only we have, since it is my mom's holy grail. I tried and it and I didn't have a negative reaction, and I haven't had a terrible sun burn yet, even though I am getting slighlt tanner and I don't think it is as bad as normal, so I am pleased. I reccommend to others to try one of the ultra sheer sunblocks from neutrogena. Oh and a little goes a long way, and I am extremely cautious as to how much I apply every day because the dry touch texture confuses me a bit.