Saturday, 17 May 2014

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF50 Product Review


Looking for a sunblock that is clear, light and non-sticky?

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I am very cautious of being exposed to the sun. My colleagues and friends would sometimes tease me of being a ‘candle princess’ or someone who would melt under the sun. But my experience as a brand manager for skincare products, which also included sunblock brands, has given me sufficient knowledge of how the sun’s UV rays can damage the skin in various ways. It’s actually not the darkening that I’m concerned of but premature aging that can lead to wrinkles and other conditions, uneven pigmentation and, worst of all, the possibility of developing skin cancer.

Applying sunblock is part of my daily routine, right before I apply makeup. As such, it is important that I use a product that does not leave a white film because this will mess up how my foundation color turns out. The problem with a lot of sunblock products is that ‘white film’ and the sticky, heavy feel that it leaves on the skin.

I tried the Neutrogena® Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF50+ PA+++. The name “ultra sheer dry-touch” makes it catchy. I find this a good choice because it indicates that it can be used for face and body. What some of us might forget when applying sunblock is including our arms. Remember that while driving or riding in a car, our arms get exposed to sunlight through the car windows. Don’t be surprised but some UV rays can penetrate glass.

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Neutrogena® Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock tube is nicely packed in a clear, plastic box. The tube opening is sealed with foil to preserve the life of the product itself.
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Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunblock tube with foil seal

This sunblock really has ultra sheer and dry-touch properties. Even if the product color is milky white, it turns to clear, unnoticeable color when rubbed on the skin.
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Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunblock cream is white in color (before rubbing) 

 
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The white cream spreads easily with a sheer, dry finish

I have another sunblock that leaves a white film on the skin. I depend on my foundation to balance the color on my face when applying this one.
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Other sunblock brand which is also white in color

 
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This other brand leaves a white film after application 

Here you’ll see that this brand ‘X’ leaves a white film and looks sticky. But thank goodness Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunblock does the opposite.

When applied on my face, you’ll see that you can barely see the difference between with and without sunblock in terms of my skin tone. Because Neutrogena Sunblock is sheer and dry to the touch, my face looks the same before and after.        
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LEFT: Before applying Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunblock

RIGHT: After applying Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunblock


How to use:
Every morning after clear lotion or essence, massage evenly over face, neck and arms, apply 15-30 minutes before sun exposure. When going swimming or activities with long exposure to sunlight, apply the sunblock on your body including the legs and re-apply frequently to maintain protection.

Price:
RM39.90 for 88ml – available at Watsons and other leading pharmacies


What I love about this sunblock:
  • Ultra sheer or no white film on my face
  • Non-shiny finish
  • Dry to the touch, non-sticky
  • High SPF50 but still feels light
  • Broad spectrum UVA/ UVB
  • Allows easy application of makeup
  • Both for face and body use
  • Reasonable price for a multi-use sunblock (you wouldn’t want to use an expensive sunblock meant for the face on your arms, right)


Are you protected from the sun’s UV rays? If not yet, Neutrogena® Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF50+ PA+++ is worth a try. It’s great for daily use, great for outdoor activities, works well with makeup and affordable!

Neutrogena® Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF50+ PA+++ is a breakthrough in sun protection. Stabilized with HelioplexTM, it provides superior balanced broad-spectrum protection against skin-aging UVA and burning UVB rays, and combines it with Dry Touch technology for an ultra-light, non-shiny finish. This lightweight sunblock has a light fresh scent and is gentle enough for sensitive skin.

This sunblock is:
Waterproof, sweatproof, resists rub-off
Non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores)
Oil-free and PABA free

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