Reviews on Sunscreens I’ve used this Summer ☀
I’ve exhausted a list of sunscreens. I was in search of a sunscreen that would give me better protection compared to what I usually use — Neutrogena Visibly Even Daily Moisturizer SPF 30. Here are my thoughts on each sunscreen and an update on Visibly Even. 🙂
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- Coppertone Defend & Care Clear Zinc 50: I tried using this sunscreen again. I felt positive about it at first, but my skin just didn’t like it. It doesn’t blend in well, settles into dry skin, clings onto the hairline and brows, and dries my skin out. It felt waxy on my skin. Made me breakout in closed comedones and whiteheads. Reapplying this sunscreen is an absolute nightmare. How is it even possible? It’s like applying another mask on since it leaves a white cast behind. Also, it smells like plastic.
- Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30: I was very excited for this sunscreen. It came out thick. Felt moisturizing on the skin. Left my skin moisturized throughout the day. It didn’t dry my skin out by the end of the day. I was ecstatic that a mineral sunscreen didn’t dry my skin out or give me dry patches of skin. Sadly, it was too good to be true. I ended up with cystic acne and whiteheads after 2 days. And yes, it has a white cast, but I was able to blend it into my skin due to the soft, smoothing texture of the product. I wouldn’t recommended it for darker skin individuals.
- Purito Centella Green Level Safe Sun SPF50+ PA+++: A very moisturizing sunscreen. Blends into the skin very well. It absorbs and leaves the skin feeling soft and moisturized. Unfortunately, it did not work on my oily skin. I developed pimples because of it. Also, it has a strong lavender scent that gave me headaches.
- Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Liquid Sunscreen SPF 50: This sunscreen is lightweight. It has a silicone feel to it. It’s very easy to apply. Blends and absorbs into the skin nicely. It does leave a slight white cast behind, but it helped to even out my complexion, which I liked. It made my skin look soft, silky, and smooth. My makeup went on better. I could go without makeup too when using this liquid sunscreen. One of the many sunscreens I wished that would work since it’s a lightweight liquid sunscreen. Sadly, I developed cystic acne when I had this sunscreen on. I could feel bumps emerging underneath the sunscreen. I didn’t want to believe it, but yeah…swollen large pimples.
- Neutrogena Visibly Even Daily Moisturizer SPF 30: After trying to find a better sunscreen for my skin, I had to go back to this one. It’s summer. It’s hot. There’s a lot of sun. It’s better to have some protection than none at all. For some reason, out of all of the sunscreens, this works the best (as in it doesn’t cause breakouts). I don’t get whiteheads or cystic acne from it. I’m going to stick with it until then. My skin needs any protection that it can get. Even though this sunscreen doesn’t even out the skin tone by much, I think it actually does something. My skin was a bit dull without it. That was pretty interesting! Well! I’m glad to be back after trying so many sunscreens that failed. 😭
- Differin Moisturizer SPF 30: Sunscreen feels lightweight when applied to the skin. It’s moisturizing and thinner in consistency when compared to other sunscreens I have used. It is a moisturizer with SPF. It’s an affordable product given the amount you get. It would’ve been awesome if it worked, but it didn’t. The product claims to be oil absorbing, but it made my skin oily. I already have oily skin to begin with. An excess amount of oil just leads to breakouts…and that’s what happened. This is something I won’t purchase again. It also has a strong chemical smell to it that burns my eyes.
- Kose Suncut UV Perfect Essence Super Waterproof SPF 50+ PA++++: I really liked the texture and consistency of this sunscreen. It comes out as a gel-cream and quickly absorbs into the skin without leaving residue behind. It offers good protection too. I didn’t burn, tan, or get new freckles when I was using it. Well, too bad it was too harsh and irritating on my skin. It dried my skin out and made it itchy. It also gave me acne. I’m going to stay away from sunscreens with drying alcohols. They just don’t agree with my skin.
- Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50: Another mineral sunscreen from Cetaphil. It’s thick, but less thick compared to the Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Suncreen SPF 30. I only used this on my body due to my experience with the SPF 30 and how thick it feels. My face would not fare well with this sunscreen. I had issues using it on my body too. It felt powdery on the skin and would transfer white stains onto my clothes and other surfaces. It’s not for me.
Maybe more sunscreens to come?? Who knows! 😀
Cetaphil, Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Face Liquid Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50, Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30, Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50, Coppertone, Coppertone Defend & Care Clear Zinc 50, Differin, Differin Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30, Kose, Kose Suncut UV Perfect Essence Super Waterproof, Neutrogena, Neutrogena Visibly Even Daily Moisturizer SPF 30, Purito, Purito Centella Green Level Safe Sun SPF50+ PA+++, Sunscreen
Update: Differin Moisturizer SPF 30
Here’s my update on Differin Moisturizer SPF 30! I really wanted this sunblock to work, but it just didn’t work. The product goes on great. It absorbed into my skin. But, the issue was that it made my skin oily, which contributed to clogged pores. I noticed weird bumps on my forehead. I stopped using it immediately after 4 days of use. This sunblock is definitely not ‘oil absorbing’ as it claims. The product claims that it won’t clog pores too. It does. It would’ve been good for the price, but it’s not for my skin type. I went back to my previous sunblock — Neutrogena Visibly Even Daily Moisturizer SPF 30. It feels cleaner on my skin. I wouldn’t recommend Differin Moisturizer SPF 30 to anyone with acne-prone skin. It could work for you. From my experience, it’s a no-go.
My Experience with Differin Moisturizer SPF 30:
Differin Oil Absorbing Moisturizer SPF 30 + Thoughts
Updated Review: Differin Oil Absorbing Moisturizer SPF 30
What sunblock am I using? (Day 1)