Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Neutrogena UltraSheer Liquid SPF 70 Sunblock - Product Review

I usually shy away from reviewing health and beauty products, but I jumped at the opportunity to review the Neutrogena UltraSheer Liquid SPF 70 Sunblock. I have a very pale complexion, and I'm always searching for good products that offer sun protection. Sunscreen is not an option for my family, it is a necessity. I don't tan in the sun, I burn! Finding a sunscreen that works on my break-out prone face isn't an easy task and I'm usually disappointed when I try switching brands, so I wasn't expecting much out of this sunscreen. Surprisingly, I must say so far I'm quite pleased with this particular formulation.

This summer we've been out in the sun a great deal. For two weeks straight my daughter attended 1/2 hour swim lessons, so every day we were out in the sun for an extended period. I applied the sunscreen daily to my face in the morning according to the directions on the package. The liquid comes in a small 1.4 oz bottle. When you shake it up you can hear a little ball inside that helps to mix the liquid. Not only did I not burn while wearing this sunblock, but I really like the way this sunblock feels on my skin. The non-oily liquid has a silky smooth, light consistency and applies to the skin easily.

I have sensitive, oily skin and often must worry about product related breakouts. This product thankfully did not cause any flare ups for me. The fragrance is not overwhelming and I did not find it particularly irritating, but the smell does linger for a little while after application. While I don't wear a lot of makeup, I did apply some over the sunblock once during my trial period and thought that the UltraSheer liquid made a pretty decent base, especially since it did not leave my skin oily. I also really like the small size of the bottle because it fits perfectly in my purse. I can easily take it along when I travel away from home. Because of the high cost of the product ($12 retail), I think this sunblock is probably best suited for use on the face only. (If you applied it daily to your entire body, it wouldn't take long to empty the bottle.)

The only concern I have is about the Environmental Working Group score for this product - concerned consumers can access the report at http://www.ewg.org/2010sunscreen/finding-the-best-sunscreens/314602/Neutrogena-Ultra-Sheer-Liquid-Daily-Sunblock-SPF. However, ingredients like Oxybenzone are approved by the FDA and are used in many brands of sunscreen even though the EWG has concerns with them. I did not try applying this sunblock on my children because in my opinion, there are other products out there better suited for children. Based on my experiences so far, I plan to continue using this product occasionally on my own face when I need sun protection. In fact, I have a bottle in my purse right now!

I received the product mentioned above for free for review purposes from Tidal Labs. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." Please refer to manufacturer for complete instructions and product information. (View my full disclosure statement for more information about my reviews.)

Coupon for $2 off your UltraSheer® purchase: http://www.neutrogena.com/suncoupon.