At first I thought it was a great sunblock for my blemish-prone skin because it does go on smooth and matte. However, I find that after I use it for 3 or 4 days, I break out in small bumps on my cheeks.
The search goes on.
I actually enjoy putting this on my face, I think because I like the feeling that I am protecting my skin and also because it really does leave a truly matte finish. On the skincare board there is a lot of concern over photostability of sunscreens, but rhf925's comment below is comforting. I think I might like to try a sunscreen that is known to be photostable after I use this one up, but for now I really like this a lot and figure that it's better than nothing (which is what I used before!)
So far I love it. I have the worst oily Tzone nothing can control and this made my skin fresh and shine free til midnight. A keeper just for the mattifying benefits, will keep updating if it breaks me out. EDIT: Ok this has broken me out a little bit, but it could be hormones and the fact that my skin was so Matte and beautiful i washed my face less. Anyhow I will still keep using it cuz its the best i have found. EDIT: This broke me out after continued usage so I am more sparing with it. But I still have not found anything better so I am keeping the 5 rating here.
UPDATE: I found much better sunscreens out there. I no longer use any Neutrogena products. Most things they make have a long, long list of chemicals. The healthy image is only marketing. Move to a 3.
This is my favorite sun block! Usually putting on sun block is like putting melted butter on my face. But this stuff doesn't go on greasy, it goes on dry and sheer, like the bottle says. This was great for soccer camp, even though all the girls laughed at me, sorry I don't want to be all wrinkley and pruney when I'm older and I don't want to have skin cancer either. I'll be the one laughing at them when they're 30 and have wrinkles and look weather beatin'. Anyways, this sunscreen is great, and it doesn't break my sensitive skin out. Fantastic!
HG sunscreen. I wear this daily under makeup. It flakes a little, but only if I haven't let it dry fully. I adore this product! Update: 2/22/08 - I thought this had helioplex in it, so I kept on using it. Turns out it does not, making it an unstable formula. Down to 3 lippies for that. I trusted Paula Begoun to only recommend stable sunscreens, but she failed me on this one. I like Dry-Touch, so I've moved to Dry touch SPF 55.
I love this sunscreen. Leaves my face nice and shine-free, which is usually a big problem with me and sunscreen. I often just carry this and use it on my entire body, to save myself from slippery hand syndrome. love it!
I love the dry touch feeling after you put it on.
I have rosacea, which means my skin is super-sensitive and unfortunately, this really irritates my skin - it turns red and I feel a stinging, burning sensation. Too bad, because it's otherwise a very good product - perfect for people with oily skin, since it's lightweight and perfectly matte, not greasy.
Finally, after years of searching for the perfect sunscreen, I've found it! It has all the important things a good sunblock should have. Like everything you smear on your face, it's shiny at first. But it dries and you'd never know you were wearing sunscreen. It goes really well over my daily moisterizer. I have sensitive acne-prone skin and this doesn't make me breakout at all. I'm also an allergic to many facial products, including many sunscreens, but I have zero problem with this one.
I really like this sunscreen. I have oily skin and have had a hard time finding one that's not too heavy, causing breakouts. After reading some reviewer comments about the effectiveness of the sunscreen, I did a little searching for my own answers. According to findings put out by Suncare Research Laboratories: "Products containing Avobenzone degrade in sunlight, but start out with SPF values several-fold higher than their labeled values. Thus their measured SPFs are their cumulative SPF values over the period of UV irradiation." The chart they provided showed the initial SPF at the time of application to be somewhere around 90, with degradation dropping to the low 20's (still within safe standards for protection). The researchers also add, "However the cumulative SPF was approximately equal to the labeled SPF*. We have observed similar behavior for other products containing Avobenzone." [the labeled SPF for their experiment was 30]. After reading this report (www.suncarelab.com), I feel confident wearing this sunscreen. It does appear some people experience an allergic reaction to Avobenzone, breaking out in a red, burning, roseacea-type rash.