As I’m getting older, I’ve realized there are a few things I don’t mind spending more money on if it means a better experience or better results. Sunscreen is one of those things. Last year I had a mishap with a manicure only two days after I had it done – when I used a certain favorite brand of sunscreen of mine, the manicure became sticky and disfigured. I also got terribly, terribly sunburned. I have since decided to try some of the more expensive sunblock products that boast a non-greasy texture that absorbs right into your skin right away. So far I am impressed and very glad I did!
My husband tends to like the spray sunscreen products because they are easy to apply, but I’m not fully sure if I trust them just yet. He also likes the ones that don’t leave your hands sticky. Now THAT I can go with! So I bought three different non-greasy, fast-absorbing sunscreen products to bring on our last vacation – Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock (SPF 30), Neutrogena Healthy Defense Oil-Free Sunblock Lotion (SPF 45), and Aveeno Active Naturals Continuous Protection Sunblock Lotion (SPF 30, specially formulated for face).
Here’s the lowdown on each non-greasy, fast-absorbing sunscreen product:
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock (SPF 30)
The tube of Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock (SPF 30) was the first one I put in my basket, because I seem to remember my sister having this last year, and me borrowing it and loving it. And for good reason… This product is very lightweight and feels clean when you apply it. It doesn’t leave your hands and skin feeling gross, oily, and caked up with product. I felt like the suntan lotion rubbed right in and left my skin feeling almost as soft and smooth as before I even applied it. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock (SPF 30) provides UVA/UVB protection in a formula that is enriched with vitamins A, C, and E to help protect your skin from environmental damage.
One of the other benefits I enjoyed in using Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock (SPF 30) – it truly is waterproof and sweat-proof. I wore it when snorkeling and in the pool and had no problems. I only got mild sunburn when I forgot to reapply after swimming, toweling off, and several hours had passed since I first applied it. Another great thing about this Neutrogena sunblock lotion is that it won’t clog your pores. I used it on my face as well as the rest of my body and didn’t run into any problems whatsoever.
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock (SPF 30) retails for about $10 – $11 for a 3 oz. tube, depending on where you buy it.
Neutrogena Healthy Defense Oil-Free Sunblock Lotion (SPF 45)
Based on my bad sunburn last year, I decided to get a sunblock product with SPF 45 just to be safe. I picked up Neutrogena Healthy Defense Oil-Free Sunblock Lotion (SPF 45) and have absolutely no regrets. This product also won’t clog pores and offers broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection from the sun. I found this oil-free sunblock to be non-greasy as well as lightweight and comfortable to wear for an extended period of time. Like the Dry-Touch version above, this product also contains anti-oxidants to help protect your skin from free radicals due to sun exposure.
I used this product most after I already got a little color on vacation. I didn’t want to get any sunburn on top of sunburn I already had, so I applied this liberally and kept my tanning to a minimum. I’m glad I did, because skin cancer does run in the family and I don’t want to take any chances.
Neutrogena Healthy Defense Oil-Free Sunblock Lotion (SPF 45) comes in a 4 oz. bottle that retails for about $10.
Aveeno Active Naturals Continuous Protection Sunblock Lotion (SPF 30, specially formulated for face)
This sunscreen provides UVA/UVB protection as well, in an oil-free, water-resistant formula that is lightweight and specially formulated for use on your face. I usually try to bring at least one bottle of face-friendly sunblock when we go on vacation. This Aveeno sunscreen product got passed around in our group quite a bit, so I think that is testament to its effectiveness as well as gentleness on the skin. Aveeno Active Naturals Continuous Protection Sunblock Lotion contains natural soy and Vitamins A, C, and E to help protect your skin from environmental damage.
Aveeno Active Naturals Continuous Protection Sunblock Lotion boasts its very own patented sun protection complex, which allows it to protect you from the sun over a longer period of time. This sunblock lotion is also design to be more effective for skin that is highly sensitive to sunburns. I found no problems in using this Aveeno sunblock and it definitely did the trick in protecting our skin without blocking or clogging our pores.
Aveeno Active Naturals Continuous Protection Sunblock Lotion comes in a 3 oz. tube and retails for about $10 – $12.
If you are looking for a non-greasy sunblock that stands up to the demands of being on vacation, I highly recommend any of the three of these products. Depending on the duration of your trip, you may even want to pick up two or all three. If you only want one, I’m not sure that I have a favorite – I might recommend choosing based on the level of SPF you need, or simply see which brand offers the best deal for your needs.