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Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen

Est. $10 for 3 oz.
Reviewed
June 2014
by ConsumerSearch
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock spf 30

Pros
  • Water-resistant
  • Lightweight
  • Non-greasy
Cons
  • Not suitable for dry skin
  • Unappealing fragrance
  • Some ingredients of concern

Bottom line

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen is very light and absorbs quickly without any noticeable sheen, making it a boon for those with oily skin. Ultra Sheer comes in three different formulations and SPFs 30 through 100+. While it provides good protection, it is fragranced and includes several ingredients that pose safety concerns.

Performance

Excellent protection and many SPF options. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen offers broad-spectrum protection and is available in several SPF levels, all of which contain Helioplex, a patented ingredient that stabilizes avobenzone and allows for longer protection times. The formula offers excellent sun protection and is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, though some argue the water-resistance isn't quite tough enough. Environmental Working Group and GoodGuide.com raise some concerns about the safety of Neutrogena's ingredients, though, giving it moderate to high hazard ratings.

Feel and smell

Light and quick-drying. Reviewers love the lightweight feel of Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen. Paula Begoun says that the formula goes on "creamy" but dries to a "weightless" matte finish. She also says it's an excellent option for oily skin types who struggle to find a sunscreen that doesn't feel heavy or greasy. Users say their skin feels dry to the touch after applying. However, some note it can be hard to rub in the lotion thoroughly enough and get rid of the white streaks. The formula contains some fragrance, and users would seem to prefer a fragrance-free formulation.

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Our Sources

1. PaulasChoice.com

Beauty expert Paula Begoun gives Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 30 her second-best rating, saying it dries to a matte finish that is especially pleasing to those with oily skin but may be too drying for those with dry skin.

Review: Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 30, Paula Begoun, March 10, 2014

2. GoodGuide.com

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer formulations all score below 6 at GoodGuide.com, or just average. Health scores range from 2 to 4, or poor. GoodGuide.com says Neutrogena Ultra Sheer includes one ingredient of medium concern, several of low concern and a fragrance that they term "controversial."

Review: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer, Editors of GoodGuide.com, Not Dated

3. Environmental Working Group

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen gets an overall hazard rating of 5 or moderate. Oxybenzone and fragrance are both considered ingredients of high concern. Despite the safety concerns, though, EWG says the product offers moderate UVB protection.

Review: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen, SPF 30, Editors of Environmental Working Group, Not Dated

4. MakeupAlley.com

More than 600 users review Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 30, giving it an overall score of 3.8 lipsticks out of 5. Many say it doesn't leave an oily film like other sunscreens. A few consumers say that those with sensitive skin shouldn't use it.

Review: Sunscreen - Neutrogena - Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 30, Contributors to MakeupAlley.com, As of June 2014

5. TotalBeauty.com

More than 500 reviewers at TotalBeauty.com give Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch an overall rating of 8.6 out of 10. Comments here are similar to those posted at other websites: The sunscreen is weightless and absorbs quickly. They also say it protects very well even in extreme climates.

Review: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 45, Contributors to TotalBeauty.com, As of June 2014

6. Amazon.com

With more than 200 reviewers, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen gets 3.8 stars out of 5. Owners say that while it's matte and lightweight, it doesn't rub in very easily. Others say that it isn't truly waterproof, and while great day-to-day, it doesn't work for the beach. Some dislike the strong "sunscreen" smell.

Review: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen, SPF 55, 3 Ounces, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of June 2014

7. Drugstore.com

Consumers posting reviews at Drugstore.com say that Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF 30 feels light and dries matte, but it tends to sting the eyes. More than 80 users give the sunscreen a rating of 4 out of 5 stars.

Review: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen, SPF 30, Contributors to Drugstore.com, As of June 2014

8. Good Housekeeping

Good Housekeeping recommends five sunscreens and names Neutrogena Ultra Sheer the best sunscreen for oily skin. They also say that it won't cause acne, but no testing criteria are discussed.

Review: The Best Sunscreens for Your Skin Type, Susan Ince, Not Dated

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