Neutrogena Beach Defense SPF Sunscreen – Review
While out running errands recently, I realized I forgot to apply my SPF. Now we all know how important it is to protect our skin from those very damaging UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays, right? So, I decided to kill two birds with one stone: buy an SPF sunscreen that I had not tried yet, and share the review with you.
My pick was Neutrogena Beach Defense Sunscreen SPF 30 helioplex® broad spectrum barrier lotion for about $10 at Rite Aid. This bottle is 6.7 fluid ounces, and came with a free lip balm with SPF as well which was nice, because we all like free!
Neutrogena Beach Defense Sunscreen comes in lotion form that also protects in water It is non-greasy, applies nice and smooth, and smells better than some sunscreens I have used. It goes on without any stickiness, there is no chalky-ghostly white residue after application. It is water resistant for approximately 80 minutes.
The real test for me comes when I’m driving since I am the proud owner of a convertible. Nothing fancy really, but I love to ride with the top down whenever possible and I need superior protection.
I was exposed to the sun for about an hour and a half while driving around between the hours of 12 noon and 3pm, which is usually when the sun is at its highest. I wanted to test how long the sunscreen would last, so I purposely did not reapply.
When I got home, I checked for any burning or tanning on my exposed arms, legs and neck area. I didn’t use this on my face, as I wear a BB cream with SPF and other makeup containing SPF as well. There were no visible tan lines and no burning.
Overall, I like Neutrogena Beach Defense and I would recommend this sunscreen for use at the beach or for just having fun in the sun. Additionally, this product is recommended by dermatologist which is great, because I have sensitive skin. Always remember, in order for your sunscreen to be effective, you have to reapply when spending a lot of time in the sun. Add even more protection by using hats, sunglasses and clothing to achieve maximum protection. This product does contain oxybenzone, but the final results of any lasting or damaging effects is still being debated. Again, I will not use this product on my face, but I think it sure did a heck of a great job protecting me from the sun.
Have you found any sunscreens that you like? What’s in your beach bag this summer?
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