Neutrogena’s Age Shield Face Sunblock Lotion SPF 110 review

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  • Vendor: Neutrogena (owned by Johnson and Johnson)
  • Availability: part of their regular line; available at drugstores, all-in-one stores (Fred Meyer, Kohl's, Target, et cetera), etailers
  • Description: oil-free sunblock lotion
  • Cost/Amount: USD$7.99 for 3 ounces
  • Would you purchase again: yes
Neutrogena’s Age Shield Face Sunblock Lotion SPF 110

For years I would wear Neutrogena’s Dry Touch sunblock on my face, and just wear really minimal makeup, so that I wouldn’t get that heavy feeling on my face. When this came out, I was interested to try it and see how it worked.

This comes in two levels of sun protection, 70 SPF or 110 SPF. The formula absorbs into my face very quickly, and doesn’t have any interactions with the moisturizing serum that I use. I can apply my preferred regular makeup as usual, and don’t experience any degradation in performance, which can be a problem with other sunscreens. However, the manufacturer’s site says to reapply this after every two hours of sun exposure - which isn’t really workable if I’m wearing makeup and going about my day. I can apply it once in the morning, and again if I remove all of my makeup for some reason (for example, a mid-day shower because it’s ridiculously hot.)

Some things to keep in mind:

Sunblock protection doesn't "stack". You get protection equal to the highest SPF-value thing you're using. So if your foundation says that it's SPF 15 and you wear Age Shield in SPF 70, you don't have SPF 85 protection. You have SPF 70.

For cosmetics (BB cream, foundation, et cetera) with an SPF value, the amount of the product you'd have to wear to get that level of protection is probably much more than what you normally apply. SPF has always been something of a "shell game" in terms of getting a product certified as having a given SPF rating, versus its average usage actually providing that SPF rating. A few years ago, there was a push to stop labelling the different SPF levels higher than 55, because past that point, increases in SPF ratings didn't mean the same thing, so consumers would be charged more money for something that was, say SPF 110 than something that was SPF 55. The difference in protection between SPF 15 and SPF 30, is a greater increase in protection than between SPF 55 and SPF 70.

If you have a regular sunblock that you can use with your makeup, this may not do anything for you. If, however, you've tried many sunblocks and none of them will let you wear your regular makeup, you may want to give this a shot.

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