The summer is in full swing ! As the heat has amped up so is the need to use sunscreen. I cannot stress enough on the part of using a good sunscreen. Sunscreen is our savior! It protects us from the harmful sunrays and also prevents skin tanning. People normally have a misconception that sunscreen should be used only in summer. In fact, the UV rays are present all year round so irrespective of the weather you must indulge into using sunscreen every day. A meticulous use of sunscreen can potentially slow skin aging preventing wrinkles and sagging of skin. There is a huge array of sunscreens available in the market. So how should you choose one for yourself? Here are some tips-
Higher SPF –
SPF is the sun protection factor. Higher the SPF more is the protection and longer the sunscreen is effective on skin. I recommend buying a sunscreen with SPF 30 and above.
Protection against UVA and UVB rays-
The sun’s rays are composed of the UVA and UVB rays. The UVA rays penetrate deep within the skin and cause wrinkles. The UVB rays affect the superficial layers of skin. Both these rays are very harmful for skin. A good sunscreen provides broad spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays. PA rating also indicates protection against UVA rays. So always look for more number of ‘+’ after PA while looking for a good sunscreen.
Water resistant and sweat resistant-
For people who are swimmers or who frequently go to the beach it is important to use a good water resistant sun block. Always look for a sunscreen which is both water resistant and sweat resistant.
These were some of the pointers you must consider before buying a sunscreen. I wasn’t an avid user of sunscreen a few years ago. But as the sun took a huge toll on my skin I realized that I needed to invest in a good sunscreen .Today I would be reviewing the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sun block. I have been using it regularly for a few months now . Read on to know my views on it.
Price– INR 599 for 88 ml
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 50+(PA+++) is a breakthrough in sun protection. Stabilized with Helioplex 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 sunscreen has a light fresh scent and is gentle enough even for sensitive skin.
- Water resistant, sweat resistant, resists rub-off
- Non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores)
- Oil free and PABA free
My thoughts on the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock :
The Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock comes in a white and light blue tube packaging which has a transaparent blue screw cap. Initially the mouth of the tube is sealed with a silver foil for first time use. This is good as it avoids product wastage. I like the packaging as it is very convenient to use also it is extremely travel-friendly.
This sunblock has a creamy consistency and it blends very smooth over the skin. It does not appear greasy after application and I like the fact that unlike many other sunscreens it does not leave white cast on the skin. It also has a nice refreshing smell to it which I really like. Neutrogena claims that it gives a non shiny finish. I wouldn’t say it gives a non shiny matte finish, but it gives more of a nice dewy finish on my skin. As my skin is oily , after about two hours it does make my skin feel greasy but then you can always set your skin with a little setting powder. For dry skin this sunblock would be perfect as it also provides some moisturization.
It has an SPF 50+ which is good for Indian summers. Also it has PA+++ which is extremely beneficial as it provides a broad spectrum protection against the UVA and UVB rays. The Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock is water resistant and sweat resistant too. It is also non-comedogenic ,so it does not clog pores. As I have sensitive skin I always look out for products which are non-comedogenic. I did not experience any breakout after using this sunscreen. I always apply sunscreen after moisturizing the skin. The sunscreen forms a coat on the surface of skin and does not allow anything to penetrate through it. So it’s important to moisturize before and apply any makeup after the sunscreen application. I apply it once in the morning before leaving house. You can reapply frequently if you are out in the sun for a long time.
- Very light and blends easily
- Nice smell
- Suitable for sensitive skin
- Water-resistant and sweat-resistant
- Oil free and PABA free
- SPF 50+ and PA+++
- Can make skin oily after some time
- If you want a complete matte look you might not like it
Overall I am totally impressed by the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock. It completely lives up to all it’s claims. I would recommend this sunscreen to everyone! It is a complete boon for people with dry skin. Also oily skin people can give it a try!
Hope the review was helpful.
See you all in my next post! Tada !