Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Clear Face Sunscreen

Monday, September 29th 2014 Skincare

I have a new essential addition to my beauty routine, just in time for summer! Those of you who have been reading regularly, or know me well, may know that I am a stickler for sun protection. New Zealand receives very strong UV rays, and in addition to that I use products such as Retinoids and Vitamin C which put you at higher risk of sun damage if you don’t wear sunscreen. I want to avoid getting skin cancer, while also preventing premature signs of aging and sun damage. Getting the right sunscreen is a struggle though – some make my face too greasy or white looking while others break me out! But now, I have hope! Neutrogena has released their new Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Clear Face Sunscreen, and I was sent it to try for myself and review.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Clear Face Sunscreen

It is designed specifically for those of us who are prone to break outs and to not clog pores – which is exactly what I need! The sunscreen has an SPF of 30, and offers broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays using Helioplex technology. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Clear Face Sunscreen uses chemical sunscreens – but don’t be alarmed! Chemical sunscreens refers to ingredients which absorb the UV rays, rather than physical sunscreens like Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide which reflect the rays. The active ingredients are Octocrylene 3%, Octyl Salicylate 4%, Oxybenzone 2%, Homosalate 5% and Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane 2.5%.

Neutrogena Ultra sheer clear face sunscreen-001

This product arrived shortly before I was due to spend a day on a field trip with my work, where I was to be outside for most of the day. I was worried that sunscreen might look greasy, and I didn’t want to wear makeup on top, as then I wouldn’t be able to reapply sunscreen every couple of hours. It is runny formula, more of a liquid or lotion than a cream, but once rubbed in it dries matte, so there was no need to worry about how I looked. I have not been burned while wearing this, so I can attest to the protection against UVB rays which are known for burning, but only time will tell if it is preventing UVA rays from causing signs of aging on me.

Now it’s time for me to nerd out a bit about sunscreen, so bear with me and you might learn something important! To get the stated SPF of a product, you need to apply 2mg/cm2 – this translates to about 1/4 tsp for the face, and the same for the neck. You should always apply sunscreen to your neck – you don’t want your face to look beautifully youthful and have a wrinkly neck, or worse, put yourself at risk for skin cancer! The need for this amount of product is why I don’t rely on BB cream or foundation for my sun protection – using that much foundation would not look great on me. I have prepared a helpful picture that shows 1/2 tsp of this sunscreen is approximately the size of an NZ $2 coin. If you don’t know how big that is, hopefully the size of my palm provides some context.

half a teaspoon of sunscreen

This sunscreen is a really lovely product to wear because it dries matte, doesn’t leave a white cast, and wears well under makeup. I believe and hope, that these developments in sunscreen technology will encourage more people to wear sunscreen regularly, rather than leaving it for days at the beach. UV rays are present whether it’s warm or not, so people should wear it every day, especially in NZ. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Clear Face Sunscreen SPF 30 has an RRP of $22.99, and is available at supermarkets, pharmacies and department stores all over New Zealand.

Lena x

Product supplied for review



  • I love the Nimue SPF cream! Sunscreen is very important! x

    • I haven’t tried that one! Sunscreen is SO important.

      • It’s amazing but pricey! I will check this one out! I like it has UVA and UVB protection because many don’t!!

  • Loved the review hun! Very thorough. Glad it doesn’t give white cast. Thats my pet peeve with sunscreens.

    • Me too – I end up looking like a ghost, which makes me not want to wear it, which isn’t good!

  • Donnella

    Thanks for the review Lena, really helpful! I have been looking for a sunscreen that *actually* dries matte for a while – even the matte ones I’ve bought seem to be super shiny! Will pick this one up 🙂

    • Glad to be of help! Let me know what you think of it.

  • This is perfect and so helpful! I have just been thinking about what sun screen I need to start wearing

    • Glad I could help! I should wear sunscreen year round but realistically I barely go outside in winter, expect perhaps walking from the bus to the office but my SPF 15 moisturiser suffices for that minute or two,

  • What a great review! Thanks so much for being the guinea pig. I don’t wear sunscreen, and you’re right, everyone should. I might have to invest in this for the summer (and beyond).


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