The Sunscreen Project, Part 15

/ Friday, November 30, 2012 /
Wow, it seems like I've gone through quite a lot of sunscreens.

Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 50 w/ Helioplex

I was fortunate enough to receive several samples of this product from an event held at my school.

Well, here we go.
What do I normally look for in a sunscreen?

  • Does not feel too thick or heavy
  • Doesn't cause me to break out
  • SPF 30 or higher
  • Affordable
  • Protects against UVA and UVB rays
  • Preferrably a physical sunscreen (zinc oxide, titanium oxide) rather than chemical (avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, oxybenzone, homosalate, etc)
Ingredients, according to

Active Ingredients: Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (12%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (2.35%), Oxybenzone (6%)

Inactive Ingredients: Water, Dimethicone, Triloxane, Diethylhexyl 2, 6 Naphthalate, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG 100 Stearate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Behenyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Methicone, Ethyhexylglycerin, Pantothenic Acid, Retinyl Acetate (Vitamin A), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), BHT, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Hydrogenated Palm Glyceride, Styrene Acrylates Copolymer, Cetearyl Glucoside, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Methylisothiazolinone, Benzyl Alcohol

I've used this sunscreen for several weeks now. What did I think of it?

  • Protects against UVA and UVB rays
  • High SPF
  • Does not feel too greasy
  • Didn't seem to make me break out more than usual
  • Pricey ($14 for 1.7 oz, according to -> that's comparable to some high-end sunscreens!
  • Is a chemical sunscreen, so has problems associated with that (more time to absorb, perhaps negative side effects from avobenzone, etc)
In summary, what did I think of this? I think this product did its job, but I think there are also better products out there on the market that might be even better and more affordable. I would wait awhile and check out other products before considering buying the full-sized version of this one.

Still searching for that ideal sunscreen!

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