I always buy this because it is the least greasy of all sunblocks i have tried. I use it on my face with no problems, but I avoid my eyelids because it stings them. It makes my skin soft.
This is a good sunscreen! The only two negatives, it takes a while to absorb and it balls up in places if it has not been washed off and reapplied. This past weekend I spent jetskiing and sunbathing and I noticed I missed a couple spots one by my hairline and the other on the back of my neck and was I ever red. The other areas covered by sunscreen were fine, no sunburn so I believe that this works. I will continue buying this. I am always open to try other sunscreens though because it isn't perfect
I didn't have any problems at all with application or wear - I just waited about 10 minutes after applying my normal moisturizer and layered this on. Then I did my makeup about a half hour later, after it had sunk in. BUT, like so many other skincare products, this gave me break-outs. I'm going to stick with Clinique's Super City Block SPF 40, which didn't have that problem.
I really dislike wearing sunscreen, but am worried about skin cancer having grown up by the beach and baked through most of my childhood summers. Most of the board favorites, such as the Shiseido and LRP sunscreens, do not work for my face -- they felt heavy and greasy and caused breakouts and irritation.
I decided to try the Neutrogena because it is photostable and was pleasantly surprised. It doesn't feel tacky once it dries or leave a white cast on my face. I'm just finishing up my first tube and am getting fewer breakouts than when I used other sunscreens. I'm doing some treatment for sun damage spots and really slather on this sunscreen; even so, it doesn't feel heavy to me. Makeup (I use MUFE Face & Body on weekdays / powder foundation on weekends) works well over it, as long as it's given time to absorb and dry.
My skin type is probably best described as combination and it took some trial and error to figure out what works best underneath this sunscreen -- too emollient and I turned greasy, not enough moisture and I got flaky. I still dislike wearing sunscreen, but this is as near to perfect as I have found so far, and I'll keep re-purchasing until someone comes out with a time-saving all-in-one moisturizer/sunscreen that gives similar results and protection.
I have had some problems recently with Neutrogena sunblock products balling up, but this one was pretty nice. It did ball up a teensy bit when I applied it to my underye area. It left a matte finish on my skin and my makeup applied over it easily. It did get a litle greasy by the end of the day, but I had it on for 8 or so hours. I would repurchase this product. Definitely buy this one over the Age Shield...that one is horrible when it comes to balling up.UPDATE: Ahhh! This is the only sunblock I have ever used that actually collects as a white substance in the lines on my neck! Gross! *Might* buy again but I can't use it on my neck, so that bumps down the lippies. I blame the balling and collecting on the Helioplex. They need to tweak that cause I've never had so many problems with Neutrogena's sublocks until they added it.
I love this sunscreen product. It feels great on my face, absorbs quickly, and does dry to a matte-like finish. Very happy!
I really enjoy using this sunscreen, in fact, I can't rave enough about it! I have been using it for a couple months now. At first I picked up the SPF30, but then found out it wasn't photostable :-( so I picked this up. The packaging is really convenient; it's a sleek squeeze tube with a twist off cap. It's also very easy to control how much product comes out, so it never goes to waste. I apply this every morning after cleansing and toning my face. I usually don't need to put a moisturizer on under this (it's Summer now, so I have combo/oily skin), but if I really need it, I slather some on and let it dry before applying Dry Touch. Then I take about 1/4 a tsp ("they" say it's the amount you should apply) and smooth it onto my face. A little dusting of powder, and I'm ready to go! It should be noted though, that this sunscreen does have a scent. It's pretty light, and it fades within minutes so it has never bugged me. But if you are opposed to scented products, just letting you know ;-) A lot of people also mention this product stinging. My skin is the furthest thing from sensitive; even with the use of AHA products, my face is never irritated by this. That being said, many people cannot tolerate physical sunscreens, including Dry Touch. I wouldn't exactly call this a "lightweight" sunscreen; while it isn't heavy either, it certainly doesn't dry to a completely matte finish. Dry Touch definitely leaves a layer on your skin, and while it has never bothered me, other people might have expected something lighter. The "layer" disappears completely for me about midday, which is when I usually dust some more powder on my face. Bottom line: This is a great daily sunscreen. It's simple and provides good protection for everyday activities. If I was going somewhere tropical, I'd purchase something a little more "serious." But for my Toronto life, right now, Dry Touch SPF55 is perfect for me :-)
This is a very good, high PPD (around 19, I think) sunscreen available at US drugstores at a decent price. It dries matte and isn't greasy, and I know that it prevents tanning because I had missed a spot on my shoulder and after spending 4 hours in bright, sunny, 90 degree weather, I tanned *very* dark only on that shoulder and nowhere else, even without reapplying. So I think this is a great sunscreen for the body; I prefer to use the Banana Boat Sunwear SPF 50 with Avotriplex for my face, for which I've also written a review. For my combo skin, however, the Neutrogena *always* clogs my pores without fail- which is why I've given this a 3. I've found that using PC 2% BHA liquid underneath and using a retinol at night has helped prevent clogging, however this product gets a 3 b/c the average (non-MUAer) wouldn't know this! And finally, a note: the "Helioplex" refers to a photostable ingredients that prevents this sunscreen from breaking down in the sun- a combination of stable UVA-absorbing ingredients. Check out this notepad compiled by the skincare board for more info about PPD and photostability: http://www.makeupalley.com/user/notepad/sunscreenFAQ
I have used Neutrogena's Ultra Sheer Dry Touch sunblock in SPF 45 pretty much ever since it came out, but this summer I decided to upgrade to the SPF55. After all, the SPF was higher and it had the mystery "helioplex" ingredient! I have very, VERY fair skin so I must wear sunblock if I plan on spending any time outside whatsoever. Well, I should have stuck to the older SPF 45 version of Neutrogena's Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch because this stuff is terrible. I luckily did not experience any burning sensation or rash from this, but I did get quite sunburned on my arms and ears when I used this (despite frequent reapplication). Luckily I did not burn on my face, but I did develop quite a few new freckles which normally doesn't happen as long as I am wearing sunblock. Upon reapplication, this sunblock started to ball up and rub off. I have never had this balling-up problem with the old non-helioplex Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch SPF 45, nor have I ever burned using the SPF 45 provided I reapplied every hour or so. I found this new SPF 55 with helioplex to be decidedly more greasy than the non-helioplex SPF 45, which I honestly find to be fairly matte (at least for a sunblock). This has provided the least sun protection of any SPF 55 sunblock I have tried... needless to say I am severely disappointed.
I feel for all those who have had an awful time with this product - oddly enough, at first, i hated it as well - burning sensation, redness, extreme shine even though it's "supposed" to be a matte finish.
However, i stuck with it - pushed through the pain - and about 5 applications later, i had acclimatized to the product and use it everyday.
Here's my trick - i mix about a quarter size into my daily moisturizer, which thins out the consistency, and use it all over my face, neck, chest, and shoulders. Yes, it still is hella shiny and feels powdery on my face, but after a thorough hand washing and a thin layer of translucent powder on my face - all is well. No more burning, great spf coverage, and not even a hint of a tan.
However, sweating is a whole different story - once this product drips into your eyes, you're pretty much screwed. So - decide for yourself - at $13.00 CAN, i believe that this product can be thrown away or given away without too much grief if you simply hate it.
One major complaint: i've purchased 3 bottles in the past 2 years, and none of them have come with expiration dates on the package - i've actually had to call neutrogena and ask about the expiration by giving them the product number - and surprise surprise, one of them was expired. This extremely important information should be on the bottle. Perhaps it's on the new formula - but not the old formula.