This is really great because I had always wanted to buy the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF55 when it was first launched. But I stopped short because I couldn’t get the Helioplex figured out.
However, unlike the one with SPF55, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF30 does not contain Helioplex though. Instead, it protects with Parsol 1789, also known as Avobenzone, an advanced broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. In addition, the non-oily formula is supposedly enriched with Vitamins A, C and E, is PABA-free and non-comedogenic.
As its name conveys, this sunblock gives an ultra-light, matt and non-shiny finish. My skin felt powdery after applying this sunblock. It’s ultra sheer and dry touch indeed. But I dislike the chemical sunblock scent. Not very strong, but I don’t like it at all. So I won’t be buying the full size version for sure.
But that doesn’t mean this is a lousy sunblock. On the contrary, I find the full size version at S$15.90 value for money. It’s a chemical sunscreen if you do not mind using the less than healthy Parsol 1789 on your skin, and it’s non-greasy and doesn’t clog pores. Plus not everybody minds the smell like I do.
Update April 2008: I have since found out more about sunscreen ingredients and this sunblock isn’t able to provide good UVB protection. See the following rating compiled by Environmental Protection Agency.
In addition, on top of the health concerns, research have indicated that avobenzone degrades about thirty minutes after application.
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