Monday, May 10, 2010

First Impressions

Don't worry pal, this blog will be short but not so sweet. It's all about first impressions!
This is all in relation to the first time I started using the Neutrogena UltraSheer Water-Light Daily Face Sunscreen which was Mother's day (yesterday)!

*Note: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Complete UV Waterlight Lotion - Asia version, Neutrogena UltraSheer Water-Light Daily Face Sunscreen - Canadian version, Neutrogena UltraSheer Liquid Sunscreen - American version.

First of all, I found out about it this sunscreen on Soompi. Soompi (IMO), where almost everyone in the forums are addicted to Asian cosmetics and skincare in relation to the two subjects in general. Most Soompier's & sunscreen fanatics like this sunscreen because it is milky in texture like most of the ones in Asia.

What can I say about this sunscreen? Nothing good enough to repurchase! I used it a couple of times & noticed a reaction but blamed it on my make up. Now I am beginning to think it wasn't and infact it is this sunscreen.
The reaction I got was a tingling burning sensation around my chin, nose and mouth. It didn't last as long as before but today even after 3 hours of washing it all off, my face is still burning. I used it all of today because I knew I was going to be in the sun for a long time. I applied it 30 minutes before going out and 10 minutes upon applying, the irritation began and since then it hasn't quit.
I enjoyed the milky texture and how easily it spread but it did not absorb quickly if at all. I felt that this sunscreen sat on my skin for more than 20 minutes before fully drying to a semi-matte finish. The formula made my dry patchy cheeks look greasy and ironically my t-zone was better than usual. However, the redness around my nose, mouth, and cheeks were worsened because of the irritation.
I conclude by not recommending this for sensitive skins!

**Read on if you are the type that nitpicks over ingredients.**

While it is PABA-free, paraben-free and claims to be non-comedogenic it is not. PABA can be irritating to some people and dimethicone is silicone based (definitely comedogenic). Plus ingredients that both irritate the skin and our environment. A well known ingredient, fragrance (parfum) irritates the skin which is begs the question why companies still include it in facial products! Most importantly this sunscreen contains oxybenzone which harm our Earth's coral reefs! Another is BHT, one of the worst ingredients and known as a immune system toxicant. What does that mean? It is harmful to the development of babies and pregnant woman should steer clear of this ingredient. While I advise all people to use a sunscreen daily, I wouldn't go for this one. I know there is a lot of controversy in regards to skin cancer and sunscreen but I will allow you to Google the topic yourselves.


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