Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance is comfortable and pleasant to wear, according to owners. Reviewers say it's moisturizing, yet lightweight and non-greasy. While fragranced (a negative according to PaulasChoice.com), user reviewers like the tropical scent. The formula also protects well against sunburn. However, there are some concerns about a few potentially harmful ingredients.
Protects against sun but not water. Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance is not a waterproof sunscreen. Still, editors didn't find many reports of sunburns among reviewers' feedback. There's even one mention of it being worn in the water and still not getting a burn. Hawaiian Tropic is available in SPFs 15, 30 and 50 and uses active ingredients octocrylene, oxybenzone and avobenzone. In the Environmental Working Group (EWG) database, the SPF 15 gets a protection rating of moderate for UVB protection, but the higher SPFs aren't rated.
Lightweight and tropical-scented. In order to do its job well, a sunscreen has to be comfortable and wearable above all, or it may not be used consistently. Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance fits both criteria. Cosmopolitan editors say it's a great moisturizer, while PaulasChoice.com and Bicycling magazine note that it's light enough to be worn even by people who are acne-prone. While PaulasChoice.com and the EWG database dock it points for including fragrances, reviewers say they actually like the tropical fragrances and that they don't irritate skin. Bicycling magazine describes it as a "pina colada scent."
Cosmopolitan editors name several sunscreens the best for 2014. Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance is named the best all-around. They say that the shea butter in this formula helps keep skin moisturized.
Review: The Best Sunscreens to Buy This Summer, Editors of Cosmopolitan, May 15, 2014
2. Bicycling Magazine
Bicycling magazine names the best sunscreens for bicyclists, and includes Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance in their list. For each product, they list active ingredients (5 percent octocrylene, 3 percent oxybenzone, 2 percent avobenzone) as well as feedback from testers. Furia reports that testers found it lightweight and liked the "pina colada scent."
Review: Don't Get Burned, Emily Furia, Not Dated
More than two dozen Amazon.com reviewers give Hawaiian Tropic an average review rating of 4.6 stars out of 5. Owners rave about this sunscreen being lightweight and non-greasy. One reviewer even says they use it on their face. Several also mention that they like the tropical scent.
Review: Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch SPF30 Sunscreen Lotion, 8-Fluid Ounce Bottles, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of June 2014
Editors say this sunscreen is lightweight and good for oily or combination skin, including acne-prone skin. However, they warn that the ingredients, particularly fragrances can be an irritant. Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance is given an overall rating of Average.
Review: Sheer Touch Lotion Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30, Editors of PaulasChoice.com, Dec. 19, 2013
5. Environmental Working Group
According to Environmental Working Group, Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance, has a hazard rating of 5, or moderate. While it gets good marks for its sun protection, it includes some ingredients with high hazard ratings, including propylparaben and fragrance.
Review: Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance Lotion Sunscreen, SPF 15, Editors of Environmental Working Group, Not Dated
Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch sunscreen is listed several times in different SPFs and sizes. All receive a score of 6 or higher from GoodGuide.com, with 6 being the line between OK products and good products. All also receive a health rating of 8 or 10. Editors say that dangerous ingredients are either not present or are below threshold quantities of concern.
Review: Hawaiian Tropic Product Ratings, Editors of GoodGuide.com, As of June 2014