Over the years I have spent a lot of time looking for a good sunscreen to wear under my make-up because apart from the obvious reasons for protecting our skin, mine seems to be super sensitive. I break out with the use of most products on my face, all natural chemical free ingredients or not, and must be very careful with my adult acne prone skin.
Sunscreen or not, I never go out of my way to sit in the sun because it causes great discomfort and I surprisingly burn up very easily. Apart from that, I love the sun but cannot stand the heat, so having layers of product on my face is definitely a big no-no.
Two things to look out for:
1. Sunscreen or Sunblock?
I wanted to try a sunscreen and not a sunblock because they tend to be heavy coverage. The difference between both being that one absorbs the rays and the other deflects. Both are effective but some prefer one to the other.
2. Sun Protection Factor
SPF count is important because it tells you how much sun protection to expect, the minimum being 15.
As already mentioned, sunscreens tend to have chemicals that act as absorbers for the sun rays. These ingredients are - Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 10%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 7.5%, Oxybenzone 5%.
The Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Sunscreen is great for me because of the following:
It has SPF 70, one of the highest I have ever used and it’s Broad Spectrum too. This means that you can rest assured that your skin is getting full protection from UVA and UVB rays.
Most sunscreens are known to be heavy on the skin and almost impossible to use with makeup but this coverage goes on in such a light layer that it's perfect for wearing under makeup.
It is not oily but very absorbent when applied, and does not leave any white residue or sheen on the skin.
It is very moisturising, perfect for any dry patches on the skin and a little goes a long way.
Does not irritate my skin
I was worried that my super sensitive skin would react to the chemical ingredients but was pleasantly surprised that I did not break out with this sunscreen as I have done with other heavier versions and sunblock’s in the past.
The only con I can think of for this product is that it comes in a small 40ml bottle and you could probably get a lot more product for your money with another brand. The big question is, can you get all the same benefits as this in a cheaper brand? You only get what you pay for.
With all the benefits I have experienced so far, I would definitely say it's more than worth the price tag in my opinion. This is the best sunscreen I have ever used, and a little really does go a very long way.
I always apply my sunscreen to clean skin, using a foundation brush to get an even spread, working in quickly as it absorbs very fast. Must be applied 30 minutes before exposure to sun.
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Would I Recommend?
Yes, I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is looking for an effective sunscreen for daily use under makeup. However please note that products that work for me, may not necessarily work for you too.
This is not sponsored. All observations are mine, and are based on first-hand experience from personal use of said product.