Friday, April 9, 2010

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock, $10

Ahh April, what's not to love? Longer days, springy dresses, the warm mid-day sun . . . I finally don't need a sweater on the drive home from work, so I've taken my Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 30 out of winter storage. Yes, skin protection is a year-round job, but skin needs extra help as our hemisphere tilts toward the sun and we're not bundled head-to-toe. I use it daily on my arms, shoulders, and collarbone to avoid getting a farmer's tan in my daily car ride, and to protect myself from skin damage, freckles, moles, melanoma, etc. Of course, my moisturizer has SPF in it, but I'll use the Neutrogena stuff if I know I'm going to be out in the sun for more than a minute.

What I like most about this sunblock is its nongreasy feel. After you rub it in, your skin really is dry to the touch, almost powdery. I love the way it feels! Although, as a friend pointed out and I agree, it does leave an odd feeling on your hands. But, nothing a quick wash (or drop of sanitizer) won't alleviate. Plus, it has a great scent. It smells a bit like sunscreen, of course, but no one's gonna ask if you're about to go to the pool. It's light and leaves a fragrance kind of like baby powder.

I commuted to college and drove a lot in the afternoon sun. Two years into college I noticed more freckles on the left side of my face and arms. Moral of the story: Sun damage happens faster and easier than you may think. You don't have to be an avid outdoorsman to be at risk. Not to sound preachy but protect yourself! Especially if you're a pale girl like me. :)

Final verdict
Cost: $10--totally reasonable.
Feel: Feels nongreasy and dry--no shine left behind. Although, you might cringe at the way it feels on your palms, but you can totally wash it off.
Protection: SPF 30 has worked for me for basic, daily protection. It also comes in higher SPFs (55, 85, 100, etc.).
Other benefits: Waterproof, sweatproof, non-pore clogging.
Repeat offender: I've been really happy with it and would recommend it to my friends.

1 comment:

  1. This is my favorite sunblock as well. --Lynn