Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Face Dry-Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum spf 50

Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Face Dry-Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum spf 50, 59 ml

 

Yesterday we took the family to Rehoboth Beach, up in Deleware, which is a long drive for us. It’s getting close to the end of the summer, and while we homeschool and can generally take an odd day off here or there, my hubby normally cannot. He had an extra and much appreciated Wednesday off, and the weather was going to be glorious, so all six of us piled into the van and drove. The beach was packed, but the weather did not disappoint. It was beautiful. I sprayed the kids with a kids’ spray sunscreen, because it’s easy, works well, and when four little ones are all jumping up and down with excitement to go get bowled over by the waves, quickness is king. I set my timer for reapplication, and knew my next go would not be nearly as easy; I’d underestimated the amount of spray sunscreen our bottles had, and knew I’d only have enough of it for their sandy legs next go, and would have to use face sunscreen on their upper bodies and faces next time.

This was not the first time I’ve used this sunscreen—normally I keep it in my purse and use it at the pool on my own face, but each time has been awful. It doesn’t go on well—I feel like I’m rubbing hardened beeswax into my face—and it makes me look like death. Like a ghost. Like I just bleached and blued my sheets. I hate it. But I’m cheap, so I’ve kept it for panic moments like this.

Fast forward, my timer rings, I bring the kids up from the waves, start drying them off and dust an impossible amount of sand out of their…”everywheres.” (Technical term). I knew it would be difficult, but I did it: I got it rubbed on. They all happily skipped off like merry haloed angels, unaware of how ridiculous they looked being straight white from fingertips to foreheads. Sand stuck aggressively to them from then on, and I was very happy when we decided to head home before my reapplication timer rang again.
We got home, I slapped something fast into the oven for dinner, and headed upstairs to start helping the younger ones get cleaned off in the shower. My seven year old had “finished” showering and was still a deathly white. So I grabbed a rather nice, creamy face wash and had her wash her face. She has used this product on her face before and knows how to do it. Nothing changed. Actually, that’s not true! What did happen is it made the smearing of white streak and show itself even more. So I put the face wash on her and did it again, figuring, despite what my eyes had just witnessed, that I could do a better job. Nope! It didn’t budge. She was crying by this time, because in an effort to remove the sunscreen from around her eyes, the cream that “won’t sting eyes” sure ironically did when I needed to remove it. I didn’t even bother trying to remove it from the other kids’ faces.

When I finally got to shower I was determined to figure out a way to conquer this beast. I had been forced to use it all over my upper body and arms as well, so I knew it was going to be a challenge.

First attempt: a really decent Neutrogena Face cleanser, which I adore, I’ll link to it here later when I do my review. It did absolutely nothing.

Second attempt: a Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) free Body wash rubbed in liberally and rinsed off. Not an atom removed.

Third attempt: Dove Hair Shampoo with SLS. This actually did the trick! What a shock of course, I know, that an agent designed to foam and strip oil away did just that!

If you can’t tell, I really did not like this product. Its label feels like lies: not sheer, not dry touch, just an abomination.

Please buy something else.

I also took La Roche-Posay Broad Spectrum 60 Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid, 50ml, and while it is quadruple the price, it is perfection. I still need to write a review on that, and I will very soon and will link it here when I do. For now, know it is divine, works perfectly, and is removed easily.

If you’d like to take my word for it, or read more about it on Amazon, here is the link for La Roche-Posay spf 60. And their spf 50.

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