I’m a person who typically falls between the shades “porcelain” and “ivory” on the color spectrum, and I’m covered in freckles. Along with that comes sensitive, easily-burned skin every time the sun comes out. I’ve had to learn ways to protect my skin, because I will never be a person who tans instead of burns.
Over the years I have tried countless sunscreens — “active wear,” “sensitive skin,” sprays, sticks, lotions, even brands made for babies have made my skin burn from the chemicals within them. I remember being miserable as a kid after being out on the water all day feeling like my face was melting off. That is, until I found Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen Lotion. I swear by this product. The only time I have ever gotten a sunburn with it, it was because of user-error.
This sunscreen comes in a range of 30-100 SPF, and should be reapplied every few hours as directed on the bottle. Most sunscreen lotion can be a sticky mess, leaving my hands all greasy and smelling like a coconut just dumped all over me, so I often opt for spray. Neutrogena’s lotion leaves nearly no residue, doesn’t leave you all white and streaky and is unscented–probably a reason why my skin doesn’t burn with it. This enough is a reason for people of all skin-types to try out this brand.
I wear it under make up on harsh summer days, and it doesn’t add any extra oil to the look and is gentle on my facial skin. This would make it great for those that are prone to breakouts as well. On long days at the beach, I even venture to put it in the part of my hair (scalps can burn too!) and you can hardly tell it is there. It is water and sweat resistant, leaving you protected over two to four hours, depending on your sun sensitivity level.
The formula that Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen uses Helioplex, which allows the sunscreen to last longer against UVA and UVB damages.
While this sunscreen is a little more pricey than most, usually ringing up at about $8-$14 according to the SPF level and where you buy it, a little goes a long way, and you will get plenty of uses from it. You can find it at Target, Walmart, Walgreens, Ulta, and more.