End of Summer Thoughts on My Sunscreens 🌞

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Summer Sunscreens 2021

It’s the end of summer. August must’ve been the hottest month of the summer. Here are my thoughts on sunscreens I finished and am almost done with!

Differin Oil Absorbing Moisturizer with SPF 30:

I have about 1/4 left of this sunscreen. I haven’t been using it on my face. It burns my eyes, makes my face appear more oily, and irritates the crap out of my facial skin. Yes, my face is very sensitive right now. So I’ve been using it mainly on my hands. It works amazingly for the hands. I wash my hands so much in a day. After I dry off my hands, I use the Differin Oil Absorbing Moisturizer with SPF 30 to protect my skin from UV damage. It works for that! But I’m not repurchasing when I’m done with it. This is what I do when I’m trying to finish up a product that I don’t like. At least it works for something. Just not my face.

Coppertone Defend & Care Clear Zinc 50:

This sunscreen is awful. I’m using it on my body when I’m working out outdoors. Maybe my nose is just sensitive, but Coppertone Defend & Care Clear Zinc 50 has an terrible smell. It smells like plastic. Yuck! It also leaves a subtle white cast behind. Thank goodness my legs are super white anyways, so this sunscreen works on my legs, lol. Here’s to another sunscreen that I can’t wait to finish up and toss it out! I won’t repurchase this one again either.

Neutrogena Sport Face Oil-Free Lotion Sunscreen SPF 70+:

I finished a bottle of Neutrogena Sport Face Oil-Free Lotion Sunscreen SPF 70+ this summer! I’m so happy! I used it mainly on my hands when I’m outdoors. It’s moisturizing, water-resistant, and has a high SPF of 70+! Too bad I can’t use this sunscreen on my face. It contains beeswax, so it clogs my pores. Yes, I have tried it on my face. It indeed clogged my pores pretty fast. Another sunscreen that doesn’t work on my face. I have one bottle left to finish, but I think it’ll be easy to finish. The texture of the sunscreen isn’t too bad, and I love water-resistant sunscreens. They stick to my skin and works to protect my skin! Love! But that’s all I really love about this sunscreen besides the high SPF, haha!

Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen Stick Sensitive SPF 50+:

I went overboard and purchased a bunch of Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen Stick Sensitive SPF 50+. I knocked out a couple of sunscreen sticks already, but I still have a lot left to go. This sunscreen stick is soft, moisturizing, and feels very smooth, so it leaves the skin feel extremely moisturized and protected. But it is too heavy on my facial skin. I’ve been using it around my eyes, ears, neck, hands, feet. I think those are the best places to use this product. I haven’t had any skin irritations using it. It’s pretty good for sensitive skin (as it states it is). Too bad it didn’t work on my facial skin. It’s extremely heavy and pore-clogging. That’s not the only reason why I’m not going to purchase this sunscreen again. It also leaves an awful white cast behind. It contains 20% zinc oxide. I’m not a huge fan of the texture and consistency of the product either. It feels terrible on the skin. I just didn’t like it.

Kose Suncut UV Perfect Essence Super Waterproof SPF 50+ PA++++:

I always stash this sunscreen in my bag (my last Kose sunscreen!). It’s lightweight, absorbs quick, great for touch-ups (not the face). I use it mainly on my hands. This sunscreen is also water-proof and sticks to the skin well. I wished it worked on my face. It feels clean when applied to the skin. It’s like I’m not wearing any sunscreen at all. But I experienced skin irritation while using it. It made my skin itchy, red, and dry. It’s most likely have to do with the alcohol content. Well, it sure smells like it.

Canmake Mermaid Skin Gel UV SPF 50+ PA++++ (White):

I’ve been trying to use up Canmake in White for the past month, lol. This sunscreen doesn’t cause any skin issues like breakouts, redness, or other skin irritations, but the white cast is truly awful. It’s also super drying on the skin too. If you’re trying to choose which Canmake sunscreen you should buy, get the Clear. I’m so close to being done with Canmake White! ha!

Banana Boat Ultra Sport Sunscreen Stick Broad Spectrum SPF 50+:

I love how convenient this sunscreen is. It’s easy to use and goes on the skin smoothly. It’s moisturizing. But, it feels sticky and unpleasant on the skin. I’m having trouble finishing this sunscreen. I don’t use it too often due to the stickiness. I’m trying to, but it’s been difficult. I just don’t like the texture of this sunscreen. It feels gross on the skin.

Neutrogena Visibly Even Daily Moisturizer SPF 30:

Neutrogena Visibly Even Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 used to be my HG sunscreen. I couldn’t find anything better during that time. I just stuck with it because I needed a sunscreen for daily use to protect my skin. So I tried this sunscreen again. It felt lightweight and moisturizing on the skin. It contains SPF 30, but honestly, I don’t think this sunscreen is that amazing. I remember using it and still burned while using it. I also developed a ton of freckles. I think it works better as a moisturizer than a sunscreen. I don’t think this product is available anymore. I’ve looked everywhere and can’t find it. Oh well. I stopped using it a while ago. I’m just trying to finish up what I have left. I can’t believe I still have it. lol.

I’m hoping to finish these sunscreens by the end of the year. I wish I could use them on my face, but they are failed sunscreens for a reason. I hope my reviews were helpful! Have a good one. 😊

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

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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.

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