sunscreen reviews and info

neutrogena ultra sheer dry touch sunblock spf 85 5/5
- non sticky and absorbs quickly
- smells fine 
- matte
- broad spectrum (UV-A and UV-B rays) 
- feels weightless
- really smooth
- photo stable
- small bottle, only 88mL
- might be too light for dry skin, it's not very moisturizing.

neutrogena ultimate sport sunblock spf 45 5/5
read full review here
- doesn't have that "sunscreen smell"
- smells pleasant, the scent doesn't linger
- goes on smoothly, not greasy or sticky
- its not matte but its not shiny
- water proof
- photo stable
- lightweight and absorbs well
- hydrating and has antioxidants
- oil free and PABA free
- broad spectrum (UV-A and UV-B rays) 

hawaiian tropic (spray-on) sunscreen spf 55    3.5/5
- toxic-like smell when you spray it (i'm sure its harmless but it doesn't smell good)
- sticky at first but after about 10-15 minutes it sinks in
- broad spectrum (UV-A and UV-B rays) 
- spray dispenser works really well, easy to spray
- waterproof
- says its oil free but it feels kind of oily
- if you want to use this on your face, i'd recommend applying a lightweight moisturizer first because it doesn't hydrate and because it's sticky when you apply it, a moisturizer would make it go on a lot smoother. 
- shiny and although it doesn't feel heavy, you can still notice it, especially if your sweating.
(TIP- with spray sunscreens, still rub it in after because there's that chance that it missed a few spots and you can end up with a spotty tan. maybe do two layers just to be safe)


Coppertone Spf 60 sunscreen  1/5 
- i hated this one!
- very sticky and very, very thick oily feel (but it says its oil free)
- shiny and heavy feeling
- it didn't seem to work, i used it for a week (following the instructions) but i still tanned! i could tell by my new tan line from wearing half-selve hentleys.
- regular sunscreen smell, but it doesn't linger
- I do not recommend using this on your face, its much too greasy and it made me break out.
- broad spectrum (UV-A and UV-B rays)

hawian tropic spf 70  3/5
(i couldn't find the proper photo, the packaging is similar to the picture but instead of purple its in blue and spf 70 not 30)
note* i'm doing this review by memory because i had it taken away at the airport (forgot about the no liquids on board rule) so it may not be accurate
- thick
- moisturizing (made my skin soft afterward!)
- greasy
- broad spectrum (UV-A and UV-B rays)

Coppertone Oil Free Sunblock Lotion For Faces, SPF 30 4/5
- formula is a bit lumpy
- goes on smooth 
- shiny but not sticky
- broad spectrum UV-A and UV-B
- water resistant
- moisturizing and contains anti-oxidants vitamins A & E and skin conditioners
- hypoallergenic

my biggest pet peeves about sunscreen is A - the smell, and B - the heavy, greasy, sticky feeling that higher SPF sunscreens usually leave. I mean its freakin' hot out! and i tend to sweat, a lot, like a pig. its not something i'm proud of. so far the neutrogena ones are the best, they're the more expensive drugstore sunscreens for their (small) amount but i guess you get what you pay for and they're the  ones that make me feel comfortable. Sunscreen looses effectiveness after about a year (some last two) so it'd be a good idea to get the small bottles if you don't use that often.

you do not need to wear sunscreen every waking minute, you need approx. 15 minutes of sun three times a week. too little sun exposure ends up in vitamin D difficency which can lead to a whole other load of cancers as well as osteoporosis, 10% of all annual cancer deaths in the US could have been prevented if each had a sufficient level of vitamin D.


  • It's important to apply the right amount of sunscreen, not applying enough can cause the SPF to be fractioned.  
  • Waterproof products provide protection for up to 80 minutes, water-resistant products protect for up to 40 minutes and sweat-resistant products protect for up to 30 minutes of heavy sweating.
  • Sunblock is opaque (it can leave a white film after you apply it) and does not need to be reapplied. Sunscreen is transparent and its ingredients break down faster under sunlight (thus needing to be reapplied)
  • SPF stands for the Sun Protection Factor and is the scientific measurement of the amount of UV radiation that it would take to cause sunburn on bare skin, so SPF 15 means that it can stand 15 times the normal amount of UV that it would take to cause sunburn. The higher the SPF, the longer the amount of time and the stronger intensity of the sun the sunscreen can hand. SPF only protects against UV-B rays, there isn't a global measurement for protection against UV-A rays. Sunscreens with  zinc oxide, avobenzone, or ecamsule have the best UV-A protection. UV-A radiations enter deeper into the skin, when skin tans it is caused by UV-A rays.  Suppressed immune function is also an effect of UV-A radiation; this  leads to premature aging of the skin. UV-B radiations are the rays that cause skin cancer and sunburns, they mainly cause tissue damage at the skin's surface. UV-B rays are able to deconstruct collagen which leads to wrinkle formation, i.e. premature aging. 
  • sunscreen should be stored away from heat and light and at 15 - 30 degrees celcius (59 - 86 degrees Fahrenheit)   
thanks wikipedia ;)   
yeah i'm a dork 8)


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wonderful23 said...

i use the ANTHELIOS XL one from LA ROCHE POSAY hella small and hella expensive i don't like it's formula and its smells but hey it works great haha ooh and i always need to wear make up if i'm wearing it otherwise i'll look like zombie !

Anonymous BBeauty said...

Ohmygosh SPF 85?! I'm going to start buying the Neutrogena one for sure! I've never seen one that high before.

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