Review: Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50
About Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50:
- Provides SPF 50 protection against aging UVA and burning UVB rays to help prevent sunburn
- Water-resistant face sunscreen
- Naturally sourced 100% zinc oxide
- Contains antioxidants
- Layer invisibly under makeup for easy wear
- Dry-touch technology helps to ensure sunscreen dries with a non-greasy finish
- Free of fragrance, paraben, phthalates, dyes, irritating chemicals
- Oil-free formula
- Sheer, gentle on skin, won’t sting eyes
I was looking for a physical sunblock for the summer. I stumbled upon this one — Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50! It had good reviews. I thought I would try it out to see what the fuss is about. So this is a zinc-based sunblock (21.6%). The product comes out thick, goopy. Very difficult to apply to the skin. I had to gently pat it into the skin. It took more time to apply this sunblock than my usual sunblock. Application wasn’t pleasant. The sunscreen says sheer right on the bottle. It’s definitely not sheer. lol. It leaves a white cast on the skin. For me, it wasn’t that big of an issue, since I’m not that tan. I had to blend, blend, blend, and blend some more to diminsh the white cast. This would be a problem for darker skin individuals. The first day using this sunscreen went well. Skin looked more matte, less oily. Dried up some pimples. No breakouts. The next day, I had issues with it. The product pilled under my eyes. Dried out my skin. I noticed dry patches on my chin. After I removed the sunscreen thoroughly (cleansing oil, micellar water, face wash with facial brush), I noticed closed comedones on my forehead, chin, and on the sides of my face. They left marks behind too. So let’s take a look at what’s in this sunscreen…
Active: Zinc Oxide 21.6% Inactive: Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Octyldodecyl Citrate Crosspolymer, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Glycerin, Ethyl Methicone, Cetyl Dimethicone, Silica, Colloidal Oatmeal, Tocopheryl Acetate, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Flower/Leaf/Stem Juice, Glyceryl Behenate, Phenethyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetyl Dimethicone/Bis-Vinyldimethicone Crosspolymer, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.
So it’s pretty heavy in silicones and some wax. It contains some antioxidants. It’s nothing out of the ordinary or special. I’m not fond with the ingredients, especially the silicones. I can use products with a little bit of silicone, but this product was just so dense and heavy on the skin. It felt like the sunscreen just sat on my skin and trapped sebum within my pores (breakouts!). It makes a really good makeup primer though! My makeup went on silky smooth, and my skin looked smoother. But it’s not worth it. It clogs my pores! I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone with acne skin.