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Friday, March 9, 2012

REVIEW: Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture SPF 35

Happy Friday guys! .... I just started using my new Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture SPF 35 this week, and already I'm so happy I made the purchase!  Because of my hyperpigmentation, it's imperative for me to use a daily moisturizer with at least an SPF 30 (or risk having the spots become even darker).  But the problem with a lot of these SPF moisturizers is that they can sometimes be too thick and tend to take a while to absorb into the skin.

Such was the case with my Eucerin Everyday Protection Face Lotion (SPF 30), which is what I used prior to purchasing my Neutrogena this week.  It wasn't as thick as say a straight-up sunblock, but it was thick enough for me to want something different.  And guess what? I think I've found that something...and that something may possibly be the best SPF facial moisturizer I've tried so far!  Click below for the full review (pros, cons, price etc)....



PROS

Super Lightweight
It absorbs into my skin immediately!  I don't have to rub 10 or 15 times, and it doesn't leave that unattractive white cast on my face.  It's more lightweight than my Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 30, which I used for years (after my dermatologist had recommended it), thinking it was my lightweight gem ...but lo and behold!...

Silky Texture
It leaves my skin feeling so smooth!  Not sticky or greasy...just silky smooth :)

And According to the Label....

Fragrance Free

The product label says it's fragrance free, but I do detect a very faint fragrance that reminds me of a baby's scent (barely there and pleasant). I like! :)

Won't Clog Pores
We need SPF protection from the sun, but sometimes these same products clog our pores!  Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture SPF 35 claims not to do that.  

Alcohol-free
This would be a good thing because alcohol is known to dry-out your skin.

Hypoallergenic
This means it's not likely to cause an allergic reaction.



CONS

Chemical Sunscreens
Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture SPF 35 contains chemical sunscreens (such as avobenzone and homosalate) as opposed to physical sunscreens (like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide).  Some people are against using chemical sunscreens because they supposedly create free radicals that can speed up the skin's aging process. This was definitely a concern of mine, but it can get a bit tiresome trying to be so conscious of every single ingredient of every product you own!  But that's another topic for another day :)




PRICE

$11.99
I bought this product at Duane Reade (popular NYC drugstore) for only $11.99. This a great price especially considering I used to pay $16.99 or $17.99 for my Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 30.




BOTTOM LINE:

This is the best SPF moisturizer I've ever used in this price range.  I can't comment on how effective it is as a sun protectant, because that's not something I can measure...but I can say that I love the texture; how quickly it absorbs into the skin; the light, pleasant fragrance; and how it leaves my face feeling sufficiently moisturized without feeling greasy.  I will definitely re-purchase!


What's YOUR favorite SPF Moisturizer? Do share!

Toodles,

Khadine


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