We are in the midst of summer, and sunny skies mean a lot of things: stunning bathing suits, more skin showing, and a whole lot of sunscreen. I have to confess that I’m somewhat lax when it comes to sunscreen, but I’ve made a commitment to up my game this year. I decided to pick up some sunscreen from Neutrogena, and this is how it went.
Before we get into the best sunscreens, here are the 3 sunscreen rules that we ALL need to follow:
1. Use it – No matter how dark you are, or how tough you think your skin is, everyone needs to use sunscreen. While skin cancer rates may be lower for those with darker skin, you’re still at risk.
2. Apply before you get outside – For the best protection, apply your sunscreen before you head to the beach. This will give the sunscreen time to soak into your skin.
3. Reapply often – After swimming or sweating, make sure to reapply your sunscreen. Even the best sunscreens will need reapplying after getting wet.
I went for these picks because some of the ingredients in other sunscreens, like oxybenzone and octinoxate, can cause coral bleaching, which even led Hawaii to ban sunscreens that include these ingredients. The sun blocking ingredients in the Neutrogena sunscreens are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
The one big problem with zinc oxide though? It leaves a white cast. As a brown-skinned woman, the sunscreen left a noticeable mark on my skin, even looking purple in some light.
I tried to use less, but then I worried that I wasn’t using enough of the sunscreen to really protect my skin. Also, when I started to sweat, the sunscreen would run down my body, making it look like I sweating weird white stuff.
The liquid sunscreen was a little bit better. It’s meant to be worn under makeup, so it’s formulation is a bit thinner and runnier than regular sunscreen. I did find that it spread a bit easier than normal sunscreen, but I also don’t have a problem with the consistency of sunscreen, so it wasn’t that useful to me. However, if you don’t like rubbing in thick sunscreen, this may be a better choice for you.
All in all, I’m sure the sunscreens are great at protecting you from the sun, but I had problems with the white cast. For now, I’ve switched back to my normal sunscreen, but I would still love to find one that will sink into my skin and leave my skin color looking the same.
Which sunscreen do you use? Comment below!