BEWARE this sunscreen causes breakouts! Unfortunately this is very greasy and does not set to a matte finish. The zinc is also not very high especially since it is supposed to be spf 50. My absolute HG sunscreen is the SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50. It is amazing! It is a fluid that dries to a matte finish; perfect for using before makeup application. Definitely try the SkinCeuticals SPF if you are looking for a good physical face sunscreen.
I really didn't like this sunscreen. It gave me a very noticeable white cast and collected in the large pores on my nose so that it looked like I had a small white ball in each pore - not flattering. I know it's called a moisturizer, but this dried out my skin like crazy. I wish I hadn't wasted the money.
I read another review that this product does have a very "sunscreeny" smell to it. I agree but it does dissipate soon after you apply it. It moisturizes nicely..I can see myself wearing this as a sunscreen on days when I will be outdoors alot not wearing makeup. I think it may be overkill for days when I am not outdoors at all.. I wear at least a 15 everyday regardless. Makes my face feel nice and soft...
I am a huge fan of Skinceuticals Physical Fusion SPF 50 but I have to wear moisturizer underneath because my skin is very dry. Also, since I'm back to using Retin-A the Skinceuticals stings a bit when I put it on.
So I decided to try Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 50-Sensitive Skin (my derm recommended it) which is purely physical. No stinging when I apply it. The texture is heavier than the Skinceuticals but not greasy at all. Also doesn't leave a white cast which is great and works really well under makeup. Best of all, I don't need to wear moisturizer underneath though that may change as the weather gets colder.
I also use this on my almost 9 year old son's face if we'll be outside and it doesn't irritate his very sensitive skin either. He's even more pale completed than I am and he doesn't even get a little pink with this SS. Walgreens had it on sale, Buy 1 get 1 half-price which makes it quite a bit cheaper than the Skinceuticals. I just hope they NEVER stop making this!
I love this stuff. Even though I have oily/combination skin, I've finally reached an age when need a daily moisturizer, and with my pale complexion I need sunscreen as well. I hate the smell of chemical sunscreens, and this doesn't have that odor, which makes it pleasant to use every day. As long as I use a small amount, it doesn't make me look ghostly, and it layers well under makeup (when I wear it).
I replaced my MAC Prep & Prime SPF 50 with this due to cost. I still like the MAC more, it's lighter feeling and keeps my T-Zone matte all day.
The Neutrogena is working well enough for me to keep using it. It takes a few minutes to sink in before I can apply makeup, but holds up well during the day.
I use Vanicream SPF 60 on days I'm outside with no makeup. This SS is VERY heavy, but also works very well on sensitive skin. continued >>
Fabulous moisturizer/sunscreen. No white cast or irritation. My makeup goes on smoothly over this. Reasonably priced. I spent a full day at a waterpark with this on and barely got any tan. No burning at all. Sorry, below reviewer; please do more research on new sunscreen formulations/technology and UV protector booster ingredients before accusing a company of fraud. Love this product!
Would I buy this again? Not only no, but HECK NO! I got this for protection from skin aging UVA rays and because its a physical sunscreen, I found out about PPD ratings and started to get suspicious of this sunscreen when I found out that Shiseido which has 16% concentration of zinc oxide only had a PPD rating of 10 while this only has 3%. After a few hours of research I finally found the means to calculate sunscreen PPD myself and found out that this only has a PPD of 4.9, and the kicker is...the spf is 11!!! Thats right, neutrogena blatantly lies about this being spf 50. This also breaks me out, if I could give this product a 0 I would. I wouldn't be surprised if you only put this on and went out in the sun all day and got extremely sunburnt. spf 50 my butt!
The ingredients above are incorrect. There is no ethyhexyl methoxycinnamate (chemical sunscreen) in this product per the box I had for this. Drugstore.com has incorrect ingredients, not sure if that's where these were copied from. Sorry, I threw the box away so I'm unable to type in the correct ingredients. If this doesn't clog your pores, I think it's the best drugstore mineral-only spf available, in terms of both protection and cosmetic elegance. I can't say the same for the Purescreen sunscreen which is streaky and whitening. Unfortunately this clogs my pores but please know that I am very clog-prone and the majority of products I try clog me.
I was a little apprehensive about using this since my experience with Neutrogena Healthy Defense chemical sunscreens has been bad, but I needed a cosmetically elegant physical sunscreen and the one I used to use (Devita solar protective moisturizer spf 30) isn't available to me locally any longer. I should not have worried. I've been using this for 4 days, and it hasn't given me contact dermatitis, or even broken me out. It's a little greasy on application, but sinks in within 10 minutes or so. There's a noticeable, but not bad, white cast. However, a little mineral powder foundation covered it right up. It seems to wear very well; no change to my foundation, and even though I was outside and sweating while wearing it one of those days I still didn't get burned.