Update: 1 Week of Using Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 as My Sunscreen!

Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50

I’m back with an update on Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50! I stopped using this sunscreen last year. I thought I would try it again after eliminating so many products from my routine. Also, I was looking for a sunscreen that’s purely zinc to add to my morning SPF routine. This one popped in my mind. It contains 21.6% Zinc Oxide. Awesome!

So this is the Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50. For more information on this product, go here. My experience with this sunscreen before wasn’t good. I had issues, such as the product being too thick, difficult to spread across the face and blend, breakouts, pilling, dry skin, and the sunscreen leaving a white cast behind. Since my skin is doing so much better now, I’ll take the risk and try it again. Here are my updated thoughts on the Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50!

My 1 Week Experience with Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50!

The sunscreen comes in a 2 fl. oz. (59 mL) bottle. On the box it says that it’s a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 50. I will only purchase sunscreens that are SPF 50 and above from now on unless it’s a product I really like. I’m on the pale side and much prefer high protection sunscreens to prevent burning and freckling. I’ve started to notice a huge difference in my skin after using SPF 50 and reapplying often throughout the day. I haven’t developed any new freckles. This sunscreen contains 100% mineral active (21.6% Zinc Oxide). It’s hypoallergenic, oil-free, and water-resistant (80 minutes).

How I applied the sunscreen.

This sunscreen has a strong chemical smell to it. At first, it was too much for me. I sneezed a few times after opening the bottle. I have a very sensitive nose. Fortunately, mid-week, it didn’t bother me as much anymore. I got used to it. Odd, I know, lol. When dispensed from the bottle, it’s a white creamy gel texture that feels soft and smooth yet sticky to touch. Honestly, this sunscreen was pretty difficult to apply to the skin for the first couple of days. To successfully apply this sunscreen, the key is to smooth the product out then pat it into the skin. I was using too much product at one point. It’s best to apply the sunscreen layer by layer to get even coverage that doesn’t look blotchy and messy on the skin. Also, while using this sunscreen, from my experience, it’s best to use it on clean skin without skin care products or very minimal, lightweight skin care products underneath. Nothing too moisturizing. It sticks better to the skin when there’s less, non-moisturizing skin care products underneath. I’ve gotten really nice results (easier application) eliminating products from my morning routine when using this sunscreen.

White cast? πŸ‘»

The sunscreen does have a white cast, but it’s not too bad like I thought it would be. All mineral sunscreens have somewhat of a white cast. This white cast has helped me get away with not wearing makeup because it sort of helps to even out the complexion, lol. So after about 10 minutes (around there), the white cast blends and sinks into the skin. But I wouldn’t recommend this sunscreen to individuals with richer, darker skin tones. The product is already difficult to blend into the skin as a pale person. On top of that, even if it blends into the skin, there’s still a slight white cast that’s noticeable. Remember, this sunscreen contains 21.6% Zinc Oxide. I have yet found a mineral sunscreen that doesn’t have a white cast.

It’s moisturizing. πŸ™‚

Since the sunscreen has a silicone feel to it, it works decently well as a makeup primer. I tried applying makeup, and my makeup looked really smooth. It’s definitely not the best makeup primer out there due to the stickiness of the product, but it’s something. The stickiness of the sunscreen would make my hair stick to my face. But maybe it’s because it’s summer?? πŸ€” It’s already super hot and humid out! This sunscreen feels very moisturizing on the skin too. I can just use this sunscreen without using a proper moisturizer underneath without drying my skin out. Even though it doesn’t dry the skin out, since it’s a mineral sunscreen, it can still accentuate dry patches on the skin. I’ve had my good days and my bad days with this sunscreen and dry patches.

Did it break me out?

As for breakouts, after a week of using this sunscreen, I didn’t break out in cysts or even small little pimples. But, I did notice some other acne-related issues like my pores filling up. I noticed more sebaceous filaments on my nose and other oily areas of my face like my forehead and mouth area. The sunscreen is on the thicker and heavier side. It leaves my skin looking very shiny and glossy rather than matte. Not ideal for my skin type, but that didn’t bother me too much if it didn’t cause acne. Unfortunately, it does cause some acne issues since my skin is very oily. Surprisingly, at the same time, I noticed that it helped to reduce the size of some blemishes. And it’s possibly due to the zinc oxide in this product. Zinc oxide is known to have anti-inflammatory properties and helps to promote healing in the skin. ✨ I think it’s the inactive ingredients that my skin has problems with.

How to remove the sunscreen.

It’s a water-resistant sunscreen. That’s a good thing, but this is one of the most difficult sunscreens I’ve had to remove from my skin. It truly does stick to the skin. I used an oil cleanser and micellar water to break down the sunscreen first. After that, I used The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser (still have it, gonna use it) to break down the sunscreen and oils even further. Next, I finish off with my main facial cleanser with a facial brush. That seems like a lot of steps, but it’s a must to remove all of the sunscreen, sebum, oils, dirt, and debris from the skin. That could be the reason why I haven’t had any breakouts like cysts from this sunscreen like I did before in the past. I made sure I removed every trace of the sunscreen product from my skin. For the sebaceous filaments, there’s not much I can do about it. I think it’s because this sunscreen is pretty occlusive on the skin. My skin just pumps out oil like no other, and it gets trapped underneath the sunscreen. It just builds up in my pores from there.

Final thoughts

It’s only been a week, but my experience so far with Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 has been OK. I thought I would get a massive breakout (mainly cysts) and itchy skin, but it’s been quite the opposite. It has actually helped heal some of my acne, so it’s not just a sunscreen. It’s also very beneficial for acne-prone skin! That only applies to big bumps on the skin like cysts. Sadly, I feel like this sunscreen is just too occlusive for me for everyday use. It definitely fills up my pores with gunk. I continued to use it to make sure I wasn’t seeing things, lol. My pores kept filling up over time. It was pretty much out of control. Other than that, this sunscreen left my skin feeling very moisturized. Since it’s occlusive, it seals moisture into the skin very well and leaving the skin feeling hydrated. I really wanted to like this sunscreen due to the high percentage of zinc, which does amazing things for my acne-prone skin, but I’m not sure what to think about it anymore after noticing more sebaceous filaments. I think I’m going to take a break from it for a while and see what happens.

Check out my current sunscreen — La Roche-Posay Anthelios Body & Face Mineral Sunscreen Gentle Lotion SPF 50. I took a break from it when I started using Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50. I guess I’m back to it now after this experience, lol.

My Acne Journey: 2 Months + 1 Week Results!

The Ordinary Ascorbic Acid 8% Alpha Arbutin 2%

Hello!! It’s been 2 months and 1 week on this journey. Slowly moving on to 3 MONTHS! Whoa! 🀯 Here are my results for this week. Enjoy! 😊

Moisturizers πŸ’§

Last week, I mentioned that I started using a heavier moisturizer. It’s the GUERISSON 9 Complex Cream. When I said I was going to take it slow, I’m taking it realllll slow. I’m only using it on my face once a week if necessary. If my skin doesn’t need the moisture, I don’t use it at all. I tried using it twice in a week, but my skin retaliated. It’s just too rich and too moisturizing for my skin type. I love the way it makes my skin feel and how it heals my skin after being extremely dry, but my skin couldn’t put up with how moisturizing it is every day. I still like this product though! It works when my skin needs to heal. It’s a great product for that. It saved my skin from cracking. It also helped to remove some bumps that appeared on my forehead from dry skin. My skin was super dry from tret. That darn tret! Just kidding! πŸ€ͺ From my short experience using GUERISSON 9 Complex Cream on my face, I’m going to keep it around to moisturize my skin when my skin ever gets dry again. I might even drop Eucerin Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream. It’s a nice cream, but GUERISSON 9 Complex Cream is doing a better job and having it around is pretty useful. I prefer it as an eye and neck cream compared to Eucerin too. I don’t really need 2 jars of creams sitting around if I prefer one over the other. I don’t feel like spending on something else when I know what works. We’ll see because I’ve grown accustomed to it. lol.

Removing products again…

Another product that I decided to remove after adding it back in is the Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel. I just don’t feel like buying it anymore. I have a moisturizing cream that works better at moisturizing my skin. I haven’t noticed big changes when using the Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel either. It’s a nice product. I know I have an on and off relationship with it because it doesn’t break me out, but I still want to keep my skin care routine to a minimum with products that actually make a difference in my skin. So out it goes. Again, lol.

I really wanted to like The Ordinary Ascorbic Acid 8% Alpha Arbutin 2%. That is why I kept it around for so long. It contains ascorbic acid and alpha arbutin to help brighten the skin and fight against free radicals. But, I feel like this serum feels too oily for me. I remember quitting it before for the same reason. But since this serum is affordable and contains the active ingredients I want in a serum, I just kept using it. I only use about 1-2 drops in the morning too, so I’m not drowning myself in this serum. I think it’s time for me to remove it and see how my skin behaves without it. I haven’t noticed any significant results using this vitamin c serum. My skin doesn’t look any brighter. My freckles are still here. Actually, my skin appears much darker. I wonder if it’s the ascorbic acid oxidizing on my skin. Ascorbic acid is very unstable ingredient. Since it’s not giving me the results that it has promised, it’s time to say goodbye. πŸ‘‹πŸ»

A serum that has been a staple in my routine for quite some time is the Purito Centella Green Level Buffet Serum. It took me a while to come to the idea of dropping it from my routine. It hasn’t caused any issues like breakouts, irritation, or redness. It actually helps to soothe the skin and calms redness in the skin. It also delivers light hydration to the skin. But, the results from this serum isn’t good enough for me to keep it around. I feel like I’m just wasting time and money on a serum that doesn’t deliver amazing results in the long run. It has a few pros, but I don’t think it’s worth it for my skin. My skin hasn’t drastically changed using it. So there goes another product from my routine. 😊 I’m really happy because less money to spend, haha.

My thoughts on my sun care products 🌞

Other than that, it’s been a good week. I’ve been treating my skin, moisturizing when necessary, and applying (and reapplying) my SPF. The sunscreen I’m still using is La Roche-Posay Anthelios Body & Face Mineral Sunscreen Gentle Lotion SPF 50. I like that it’s a mineral sunscreen (what my skin can take, doesn’t sting my eyes and face), but there are some cons to this sunscreen. The white cast bothers me on and off. The first application looks fine on my skin, but as I continue to apply throughout the day, it just gets whiter and messier. It doesn’t cling to the skin that well either. I can swoosh it around on my face. Compared to other mineral sunscreens I have tried, it’s still pretty good. I just wanted to put my thoughts out there on this sunscreen. Also, like other mineral sunscreens, it can definitely be drying and accentuate dry skin by a ton. I just hope putting up with the negatives is going to be worth it. This sunscreen hasn’t broken me out and the price isn’t too bad. It’s water-resistant, which is great for hot humid days in the summer.

I also started using another sunscreen, which I’ve used before. It’s the Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50. Let’s see how this sunscreen holds up to La Roche-Posay Anthelios Body & Face Mineral Sunscreen Gentle Lotion SPF 50. Stay tuned for a newly, updated review on this sunscreen coming up soon!

My results after 2 Months + 1 Week!

It’s amazing. My skin is officially back to being clear! At the same time, I’m holding on tight because I don’t know how long this is going to last or how my skin is going to behave. It’s clear, acne-free for a moment. The next, bam! I have a bunch of zits popping out of nowhere. My skin has improved so much this week, and I don’t think it’s the tret. I think it’s because I’ve eliminated so many skin care products that I didn’t know could be potentially bad for my skin. Using less products means less irritation and less pore-clogging ingredients on the skin! πŸ‘πŸ» I guess my skin prefers a minimal skin care routine. I might even remove more products if I have to. Since this week went pretty well, I’m hoping for an even better week next week! Now let’s move on to the next week! 😊

My Acne Journey:

My Acne Journey: 1 Week In…

My Acne Journey: 2 WEEKS!! 

My Acne Journey: 3 Weeks Results!

My Acne Journey: 4 Weeks Results!

My Acne Journey: 5 WEEKS IN!

My Acne Journey: 6 Weeks Results…

My Acne Journey: 7 Weeks Results

My Acne Journey: 2 MONTHS!! 🀭

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