For the longest time, sunscreen (or rather it’s application) has always been something I knew I should use but never did. Even in school my skin could react to extreme exposure and those were telling signs that I needed to take care of my skin.
I guess my knowledge and interest about such things improved when I started reading beauty blogs and ultimately I could no longer put it off. I had used a few sunscreens before this and I hated the experience. It made me look shiny, or there was a whitecast, I felt greasy after a while, overall just not a very comfortable experience.
Info about SPF, UV rays, Sunscreens and Sunblocks
Before I start the review, I think I ought to explain a bit of sunscreens, sunblocks and the whole jargon. If you already know, you might what to skip a bit ahead.
So sunscreens and sunblocks, both provide protection from the sun but work in different ways mainly because of the chemical composition.
Sunblock (like this product) is generally thicker and the main ingredients are zinc oxide/titanium oxide. The way sunblocks work is that they reflect or scatter the UV rays, essentially forming a barrier between your skin and the rays.
Sunscreen on the other hand, absorbs the rays before it penetrates the skin. Both work well so it’s really upto your preference.
The other important area is the type of rays and SPF. You might have read UVA and UVB rays etc. In a gist, UVA rays are the one’s that go deep in the skin and can cause cancer or premature aging. UVB are the rays that cause effects on the surface like sunburn.
Most sunblocks come with UVB protection so they are essentially protecting you from sunburn. But for additonal protection, you need a product that blocks both UVA and UVB. The term ‘Broad Spectrum‘ also indicates that it covers protection from both types of rays.
Finally, SPF or Sun Protection Factor (notice the term factor) is an indication of how long the product can protect your from the UVB rays. Ofcourse, this is a factor dependent on how much time it takes for you to sunburn, essentially how much melanin you have. Eg: If I develop a sunburn after 20 minutes, an SPF of 50 will provide me protection for 20×50 = 1000 minutes. The amount of protection from SPF15 to SPF70 doesn’t change much, the longevity however, does change.
You may have also noticed terms like PA+ or PA++. These indicate protection factors against UVA rays.
Hope that explains things without going into too much detail. If any of you have any additional knowledge, please share in the comments! ^_^
I started using the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF50+ last year and I’ve been very happy with it. It’s like a thick but soft white cream and unlike traditional sunblock, it sheers out as you blend it.
The best part about this is that you get the initial thick sunblock kind of consistency, but with a bit of blending, it finally sinks in and looks like there’s nothing there. Mind you, you have to blend in quite a bit, not the same as applying a moisturizer which absorbs easily. You will notice a whitecast for a minute as it sets and then that disappears as well.
After that, the skin looks mattifed, no shiny greasy spf effect! Such joy! You can slap on as much makeup you want without it slipping around or feeling heavy!
It’s also waterproof, so perfect for the beach or rain.
Typically you would need to reapply this every few hours but realistically it’s just not possible unless I’m on the beach all day or something. I suppose wearing this in the morning is sufficient for the morning work travel. Rest of the day I’m cooped up inside the office anyway.
There’s also a bit of confusion as to when you apply it. I apply my moisturizer first, then sunblock, and then makeup.
In terms of SPF, it’s a factor of 50 which is moderately long lasting. It’s also ‘broad spectrum’, meaning it protects from both UVA and UVB. PA+++ indicates the highest protection (yet) against UVA rays. What more can you ask for?
I also like the packaging for the 30ml one, easy to carry in your purse. The best part of the product is the price. It’s good quality at a very affordable Rs. 175. It’s very satisfying when you find something this amazing at that price.
In the image above, a blob of SPF on the left and a half blended one on the right. There isn’t much point showing a full blended one because you don’t really see anything…
Name : Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 50+
Brand : Neutrogena
Colour : Sparkling white (jk)
Consistency : Soft and creamy
Texture : Smooth but takes a bit of effort to blend properly
Fragrance : Floral and citrusy
Skintype : Any
Ingredients : Water, Homosalate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Benzophenone – 3, Octocrylene, Silica, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Styrene copolymer, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Beeswwax, Gylceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetyl Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Methicone, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Xanthan gum, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 crosspolymer, Acrylates/C12-22 Alkyl Methacrylate copolymer, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylstearate, BHT, Trideceth – 6, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Methylisothiazolinone, Diethylhexyl 2, 6 Napthlate
Product Amount : 30ml (88ml is also available)
Packaging : Plastic tube
Price : Rs. 175 (for 30ml) and Rs.499 (for 88ml)
Final Rating : 5/5