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Price Tag Cage Match: Sunscreen

Apr05

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Ladies and Probably No Gentlemen, meet today’s contenders:
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Please note we actually have TWO Cage Matches going down today: one for stand-alone sunscreens and one for moisturizers plus sunscreen. Also note my cheap-ass use of free samples.
In the pricey fancypants corner, we have Philosophy’s Pigment of Your Imagination SPF 18 with kojic acid and an adorably wee little sample of Chanel Precision Rectifiance Intense (SPF 15). The Philosophy stuff claims to brighten and even out your complexion, while helping to fade brown spots on your face. Um. Yes please! The Chanel stuff is a “retexturizing line correcting cream” that also speaks French and thinks your shoes are kind of tacky.
In the drugstore corner, we have two products that were the most recommended by Smackdown readers: Aveeno Positively Ageless Daily Moisturizer with SPF 30 and a generously-sized sample of Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock (SPF 55). Okay, technically more people recommended Aveeno’s Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer plus blah blah blah, but I used to use that very product until I realized it really hates my pores (it gave me mad blackheads after a couple months of use). HOWEVER, that was a long time ago — and pre-Philosophy skincare epiphany — so I was willing to give it another try. But since the Chanel product boasts anti-wrinkle benefits, I decided to test Aveeno’s anti-aging version instead.
Okay. Deep breath, and on to the bloodbath. Let’s start with the stand-alone suncreens:
First off, I’m a little biased here, because a stand-alone sunscreen is absolutely what I need. I use Philosophy’s Hope in a Bottle Exfoliating Moisturizer every day, twice a day, and it’s a freaking miracle worker on my clogged-up pores. And for those of you without T-zone problems, I think Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar Moisturizer for All Skin Types is pretty much the greatest thing you will ever do for your skin. (Well, that and the Purity wash.) My loyalty to these products cannot be shaken, even while I lament the idiotic lack of SPF in them.
So OBVIOUSLY I should totally love Pigment of Your Imagination, right? It’s Philosophy, for God’s sake! And it sounds so good! Skin-brightening! Brown-spot-fading!
Wrong. Hate this stuff. HATE. Worst product of the bunch. F-.
Now for the back-pedaling: the first few times I used it, I applied it after my regular moisturizer and before my makeup. And holy God, the shine! The SHINE! My skin looked greasy all damn day, and no amount of oil-absorbing sheets or powder helped. Using my foundation primer helped, but there was still a definite “dewy” look to my forehead, and by “dewy” you know I mean “teenage fry-cook.”
Then I pulled the cotton balls out of my brain and tried putting the sunscreen on first. BEFORE my moisturizer. And it was like night and day. No more crazy shine! Just my usual normal face.
And that right there is why this stuff gets no love from me. I’m guessing that the SPF benefits work just fine (I did not get a sunburn while using any of the products, at least), but this stuff makes a lot of other promises. And those other promises are the only reasons I could comprehend shelling out 30 damn dollars for this. I did not notice ANY skin-brightening or spot-fading effects. My one lone little pregnancy-induced sun spot is still there and still as brown as ever. And any credit for my smooth, even complexion should probably go to my regular moisturizer and regular foundation primer — NOT the sunscreen. Oh, and I noticed several new blackheads on my chin after a few days of use.
Basically: over-promises, under-delivers, over-damn-priced. NEXT!
I have to confess that everything about the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer made me nervous about trying it. It’s a sunblock (not a screen), offers an insanely high amount of SPF protection, and it doesn’t seem to be made specifically for your face. I actually spotted the full-size version being sold next to Banana Boat and Coppertone instead of the skincare aisle at my local grocery store. Plus, I get really suspicious when beauty products start tossing around made-up science-y names like “helioplex” or “megaboostica” or “greenteastic.”
So I expected this stuff to suck and wondered if I could get AlphaMom to pay for the inevitable spa facial I would need to undo the damage it did.
Okay, y’all know where I’m going with this, right? It’s great. Better than great. I love it.
Neutrogena is not kidding with the “dry-touch” part. It looks like any regular old lotion, but it vanishes into your skin within seconds. Your skin feels like silk — completely dry to the touch but soft and moisturized. If you’ve ever cursed out a sunblock for leaving stubbon white streaks on your skin, this stuff will blow your mind.
Needless to say, it left no trace of shine on my face. (But applying it FIRST is definitely the way to go. FIRST.) And despite my misgivings, I did not notice any complexion/pore/acne problems.
My only complaint? It smells like sunblock. Not crazy strong, or anything, but it’s definitely there. Neutrogena added in a slight citrusy/floral fragrance to mask it, so I would mostly say it smells…fresh. Like summer and the outdoors and the beach and…yeah. Sunblock.
PRICE TAG CAGE MATCH ROUND ONE RESULTS: Neutrogena, duh. At $8.49 (compared with Philosophy’s $30 price tag), it’s beyond a bargain — and it also offers nearly three times more SPF protection. My whiteness and family history of skin cancer thanks it for that. Buy a couple tubes and slather up the whole family at the pool this summer in less time, with less mess and less greased-pig-at-the-country-fair effects.
Okay! Now on to the combos.
There’s no other way to say this except to just say it: the Chanel stuff is GLORIOUS. It’s like rubbing liquidized pearls on your face — no, scratch that. It’s like rubbing Haagen-Daz triple chocolate truffle ice cream on your face. It even SMELLS luxurious. After using it just one time, my skin already put Noah’s newborn baby bottom to shame. My complexion looked bright and lovely and I decided that I just had to have a full-size bottle of this indulgently rich lotion.
So I went online to see how much it was. And then I died.
Do you know how much Haagen-Daz I could buy with $72? A LOT MORE THAN 1.7 OUNCES, THAT’S FOR DAMN SURE.
(Sniffle. I am now hoarding the last precious bits of my free sample. It’s my special-occasion sunscreen, y’all!)
So it was with a heavy heart that I put the Chanel away and cracked open the Aveeno. And I was immediately struck with how…sunblocky it looked. In fact, out of all four products, this was the only one that would probably get mistaken for a squirt of Coppertone. But it rubbed in fairly easily and had a pleasant perfumey smell.
And then…
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Whew, that’s actually really perfumey. That’s like…gah.
I swear, for about 10 minutes afterwards, you can SMELL YOUR OWN FACE. It drives me crazy. In their quest to mask the smell of the sunscreen (it is SPF 30, after all), Aveeno went a little too far with the fragrance. And although the bottle is labeled hypoallergenic and noncomedogenic, a little common-sense voice in my head wonders about what that fragrance would do to really sensitive or acne-prone skin. (There are also several warnings about mushroom extract, for those with a mushroom allergy.) (Apparently, shitake mushrooms prevent wrinkles! Who knew!)
After applying my makeup, however, the smell eventually went away. Or I just stopped noticing it. My skin was soft and well-moisturized without feeling too greasy to the touch. I definitely had some forehead and T-zone shine going on, and it became more noticiable after a few hours. It wasn’t nearly as bad as the Philosophy version, but…well…there’s just nothing I LOVE about this product. It’s passable and serviceable and all-around totally okayish.
As for the “anti-aging” benefits (of both the Aveeno and the Chanel), obviously I can’t really testify to any great results after a couple weeks of use. Maybe they do prevent wrinkles. But you know what DEFINITELY prevents wrinkles, really and truly and scientifically tested? Sunscreen. So there you go.
PRICE TAG CAGE MATCH ROUND TWO RESULTS: Eesh. I guess the Aveeno moves on to Round Three by default. We’ll say the Chanel had to forfeit due to a groin injury. A really expensive groin injury.
There probably wouldn’t be a Round Three if the Aveeno had been more of a clear-cut winner. But for the sake of beating this topic into the ground, let’s make the two drugstore products duke it out.
The Neutrogena sunblock costs less than 10 bucks, while the Aveeno Positively Ageless sells for $19.99. (I got it for $15.99 at Giant with my Bonus Card.) If I hadn’t procrastinated on this column long enough, I would TOTALLY go back out and find another product to try, because I really don’t believe the Aveeno is worth $20.
So I can’t offer the perfect solution for those of you who want a sunscreen-and-moisturizer in one, BUT I can tell you what I would do if I were you. Because it is my column. Also kind of the point, I guess.
I would buy the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer. In fact, I am buying the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer as soon as my sample runs out. And then I am tossing all the greasy, runny sunblocks in my medicine cabinet and using this one exclusively.
Then (if I were you), I’d treat myself to a Philosophy moisturizer. Hope in a Jar works for almost everybody. There’s a version for sensitive skin and then there’s Hope in a Bottle for oily or congested skin. At $35, you’re talking $15 more than the price of the Aveeno. It’ll last you for many months. Think about how much money you spend at Starbucks, honestly.
The combination of the Neutrogena and the Philosophy will make your skin very happy. I am sure of it. Cheap meets not-quite-as-cheap. East meets west. Boy meets girl.
Yeah. This column broke my brain. I’m out.
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34 Responses to “Price Tag Cage Match: Sunscreen”

  1. Tone Apr 06 at 10:25 am Reply Reply

    It is slightly disturbing how much I was anticipating this cage match. I am more than a little excited that a product under $10 won! I will be out purchasing that this weekend…thanks Amalah!
    On that note I just tried Philosophy’s The Supernatural thinking it could possibly replace Smashbox’s Photo Finish as it promised to be a foundation primer and have SPF. It was cakey and left my face feeling icky. Also due to the light peach tint of the product it left a lovely make-up line on my face.

  2. Amalah
    Amy Corbett Storch Apr 06 at 10:35 am Reply Reply

    Ooh, thanks for sharing that, Tone! I debated trying the Supernatural but decided against it because of the tint. (I don’t kid myself anymore: I need foundation.)
    Sounds like SPF is not Philosophy’s strong suit. (Or foundation primers. I’ve used The Present and thought it sucked. Doesn’t hold a candle to Smashbox.)

  3. Nicole Apr 06 at 10:44 am Reply Reply

    Ooh, thank you. I have been looking for a sunblock as we’ve moved to a rural area and the pollution haze is less out here (less protection from the UV rays, you know) :) I will definitely try the Neutrogena.
    And I would love to try the other stuff you recommend? But I? Live in CANADA. And we have no Sephora here. And although I am a big fan of the cross-border shopping, I don’t know where there’s one in Washington state. And I am loathe to buy products I haven’t sampled before.
    So I have no idea what a foundation primer would do. Or any of the snazzy-named stuff you mention :(
    (Is that pitiful enough? moving on!)
    As for the aveeno, I like their products, but I don’t get the price. They’re not that good (although, the menthol-oatmeal combo did great for the itchy skin brought on by teaching swimming 20+ hours/week in a chlorinated pool). The price is just too high for the quality – it didn’t seem that much better than any other off-the-shelf moisturizer there.

  4. Spring Weaver Apr 06 at 10:46 am Reply Reply

    From the second I saw that the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock was involved in this cage match, I knew it would win, hands down.
    I’ve been using it for a year now, since my dermatologist gave me a sample while I was undergoing a series of intensive facial chemical peels and COULD NOT GET ANY SUN for risk of damaging my face forever. I even went on a honeymoon! in July! in Key Largo! and used this stuff and didn’t get a touch of sunburn. Truly a miracle product.
    And I have to confess that I LOVE that it smells all suntan lotion-y. I actually love smelling like I’ve been at the beach all day, no kidding.

  5. Shelley Apr 06 at 10:49 am Reply Reply

    So I’ve decided at almost 28 years of age it’s time I start taking care of my skin, you know actually taking off my makeup at night and moisturizing…I know I KNOW I’m horrible! And though it will kill me for I am really really cheap I’m thinking of breaking down and doing the Philosophy thing, so I’m correct in thinking the Hope in a Jar has no SPF? Because I have always used moisturizer in the am before applying foundation (see I do some things right) and I’ve just always used one that has SPF. But maybe I should’ve asked first, is it ok to use the Hope in a Jar under my foundation or do I only use it at night? And this Purity wash will remove all my makeup? I always have a hard time removing eye makeup especially eyeliner and then I worry because I’m tugging at my eyes which means nasty crows feet…ok I’ve gone on long enough. And I will be ditching all the old (probably outdated) sunscreen in my beach bag for the Neutrogena before my beach trip next month…YAY sun and sand! Ok I’m really stopping now…

  6. Amalah
    Amy Corbett Storch Apr 06 at 11:04 am Reply Reply

    Shelley – none of the Philosophy moisturizers have SPF. But since I use the same moisturizer twice a day, I have no problem applying a separate sunscreen in the AM first. I’d rather spend the $8.50 on Neutrogena than buy two different AM/PM moisturizers, you know?
    And yes to both of your other questions — you can wear Hope in a Jar under foundation AND use it at night, and the Purity wash does remove eye makeup.

  7. The Muse Apr 06 at 11:04 am Reply Reply

    While I haven’t tried the Neutrogena Ultra-Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock, I’m going to definitely add it to my rotation when I head down to the beach this summer.
    On a related sun-care note, their After Sun Treatment lotion is also heavenly. It’s the same dry-touch formula and is non-greasy, and goes on with a cooling effect to minimize any irritation if, indeed, you do end up a little pinkier than normal.
    My only issue with it is the not-quite-right scent, but considering my boyfriend prefers that scent to my normal lotion (crazy-expensive lotus flower stuff I got for Christmas), it is obviously not that big of a deal to me.

  8. Meramoo Apr 06 at 11:25 am Reply Reply

    I’ve never experimented with expensive brands, but that Neutrogena is one of the few sunblocks I can bear to wear on my face. Most of them make me itch like crazy.

  9. AmyM Apr 06 at 11:26 am Reply Reply

    Thanks for doing this. I love the Cage Matches. Very helpful, because I am always quite leary about trying out new products that cost more than my cheap-ass limit of…oh…about $5. But I’m getting old (almost 27!) so it’s time to put away the Cover Girl and buy some big girl toiletry items. I never learned this stuff! To this day, the only thing my mom uses on her face is Noxema and Dollar Store (!) cosmetics. Real Nice.
    And I’m always blown away by your awesome Paint skillz.

  10. srah Apr 06 at 11:42 am Reply Reply

    This is good to know! I liked the Neutrogena stuff already and I’m glad to see that I chose correctly!

  11. Laurie Apr 06 at 11:46 am Reply Reply

    First, thank you for answering my question about the mask of pregnancy so quickly!
    Not that you need another strike in the no column for the Philosophy Pigment of Your Imagination but here it is. It does not travel well. I bought it (I’m pregnant okay, when it’s gone I’ll buy the Neutrogena) and took it with me on a plane trip. Both coming and going it exploded in my bag. That’s a lot of expensive fluid wasted. Sigh.

  12. Meghan Apr 06 at 11:54 am Reply Reply

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I have gone round and round trying to find a daily SPF for my face, and have yet to find anything that really worked, and didn’t clog up my face, leaving me a slimy, shiny mess.
    I have one recommendation/comment re full-body SPF. Last year at Camp Jeep (woo hoo!) they gave away free samples of Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection SPF 45 (http://tinyurl.com/3y4w66) and knowing that after my three days of four-wheeling I’d be spending a week in the Florida sun (in August!) I gobbled up all the samples I could get my grubby hands on.
    This stuff is very thick, a little greasy, and tastes horrible (says my ex who would kiss me on the shoulder and then recoil in grossness) but hot damn, it works. I’m very fair, blonde, and burn if I think about going out in the sun. I wore a tube-topped sundress, and left florida with a hint of color on my shoulders, and nothing more. My ex, the very tan Italian who laughed in the face of SPF, ended up painfully burned on every part of his body that wasn’t covered by clothing.
    While this isn’t exactly a rousing recommendation, the stuff worked better at protecting my fair Irish skin than anything I’ve ever used before. (It just did so with a greasy coating that clogged up my face.) I’ll definitely keep using it on the majority of my body, but I’ll buy myself some of the Neutrogena for my face and neck.

  13. Amy Apr 06 at 12:14 pm Reply Reply

    I haven’t used any of these products before, but I’m a big fan of Olay’s Complete Defense with SPF 30. http://www.olaycomplete.com/products/complete_defense.shtml http://www.cvs.com/CVSApp/cvs/gateway/detail?prodid=259869&deptid=2496&catid=2522&subcatid=2530&previousURI=/CVSApp/cvs/gateway/shelf?page=7^startpage=1^deptid=2496^catid=2522^subcatid=2530^Brand=-1 For some reason, I’ve recently found it only in the sensitive skin version, which smells more like sunscreen than the regular, but the scent subsides quickly. I have pretty sensitive and very fair, quick to burn, skin, and every time I’ve tried a Neutrogena moisturizer with sunscreen, even the low SPF 15 stuff, it’s made my face sting. That’s enough to turn me away from Neutrogena. I’ve been thinking about giving the Aveeno a try if the Olay stuff goes away.
    While I am likely to buy SPF 45 and up, it’s been found that anything above 30 doesn’t really buy you any extra protection in the sun, and that reapplying or getting out of the sun is best.
    The Olay stuff is also recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation, and none of the others is (no Neutrogena product actually, so they may not have submitted themselves to be considered). http://www.skincancer.org/
    I’ve read that L’Oreal’s Anthelios SX provides even better protection, but at just under $10 an ounce, it’s expensive. It was recently approved by the FDA. http://www.laroche-posay.us/_us/_en/consumer/catalog/product.aspx?prdcode=103C&CatCode=F2_AGING_SKIN_C&TopCat=F1_SKIN_TYPES_C ConsumerSearch.com is another good source for info on sunscreens http://www.consumersearch.com/www/family/sunscreen/review.html.

  14. Heather S Apr 06 at 12:26 pm Reply Reply

    I use Cetaphil’s Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15. It goes on easily, and it has been really nice to my skin. It’s a combo product for under $10. Love it!

  15. Amalah
    Amy Corbett Storch Apr 06 at 12:47 pm Reply Reply

    Laurie – HELL YES on the traveling thing on the Pigment stuff. I actually meant to include a complaint about the packaging but forgot.
    The stuff leaks like crazy, even stored upright on a shelf. You can even see that in the bottom photo a little. Every time I opened the bottle there was a huge wasted glob of it. Pfft.

  16. Jenn Apr 06 at 12:50 pm Reply Reply

    I just got the new Glamour in the mail today, and there is a Neutrogena ad for their dry-touch sunblock that shows a sunblock, SPF 45 that is a combo. With helioplex! This is lame, but I usually use Coppertone Sport Spray just because I love the way it smells (so summery! so beachy!) but I’m always hesitant to use it on my face (so oily! so much potential for pimples!) so I’m going to be checking out the Neutrogena Moisturizer. I use Dove with SPF 15 now, but what the hell, I’m so pale that I’m almost see-through.

  17. AmyM Apr 06 at 1:14 pm Reply Reply

    And totally off subject, but does the Coke Zero taste more like regular Coke or Diet Coke?

  18. rai Apr 06 at 1:20 pm Reply Reply

    I LURVE Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock. But I don’t use it for an everyday sunblock on my face, only when I know I’ll have a lot of sun exposure. But for the body it is the best one out there, hands down. For sun protection for acne prone skin I recommend their Advanced Solutions kit. The moisturizer is the only one with SPF that hasn’t make my face break out.

  19. Rayne of Terror Apr 06 at 1:22 pm Reply Reply

    I bought Philosophy Hope in a Jar and Purity face wash and used it for two weeks based on the recommendations here. While the moisterizer made my skin feel very silky, I broke out on my chin in the worst way. As bad as the first few months post partum. I had a new cystic zit practically EVERY day. I gave it two weeks to see if it was just because of the change in products, but it continued for the whole time. I’m very sad to have spent $55 on these products. Plus they smell fishy.
    I’ve returned to the standby Clinique mild bar soap w/ Olay Complete spf 15 moisturizer. My face is healing.

  20. Michelle Apr 06 at 2:04 pm Reply Reply

    Ok it’s not on the inexpensive side & I’m not quite thru with all of the product so I can’t speak to how long it’ll last you, but I have to rave about Peter Thomas Roth’s Instant Mineral SPF 30…
    http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P175109&shouldPaginate=true&categoryId=3728
    It goes on like your typical mineral make up does, but I have a lot of issues with not being able to jump on the mineral make up fad. Often it cakes on my skin & I’ve found out I’m allergic to the bismuth…claw you face off allergic. This stuff is wonderful, it’s completely transparent, not tinted transparent, completely transparent. Only thing I don’t like about it is trying to get the cap back on, but am willing to over look this for the fact that it is great at getting rid of the shine. Now admitedly I do not wear makeup on a daily basis, but by 2:00pm you’d be blinded by the shine coming off of my forehead…not with this stuff!! It’s $30 & like I said I couldn’t yet tell you how long it’ll last you, but for the high SPF factor & the shine control I’ll be purchasing this again!
    Oh…and you can wear it over your moisturizer & under your foundation, just let it “soak into your skin” for a little while if you’re going to apply liquid foundation.

  21. Liz Apr 06 at 2:28 pm Reply Reply

    Another blonde, pale, high-risk-for-skin-cancer person here.
    I’ve used Philosphy’s When Hope Is Not Enough (spf 20) moisturizer on my face for a couple of years now. I like it well enough. It does have a bit of a sunblock smell and while it’s great on my dry skin, I can see how it could be problematic for oily skin.
    I’ll give the Neutrogena a try- more than double the SPF, and it’s gotta be cheaper than Philosophy.

  22. Amalah
    Amy Corbett Storch Apr 06 at 5:26 pm Reply Reply

    Rayne — sorry to hear the Philosophy didn’t work out for you. If you got them at Sephora you can probably still return them — they have a very generous and liberal return policy.

  23. This is for Nicole up above (no, not up above in heaven, way up there in the comments). Sephora doesn’t have any stores in Canada (although I bet they’ll be bringing them to Toronto and Vancouver in the next couple of years at least), BUT they do have a Canadian site that you can order from. I just ordered the Philosophy “Makeup Optional” set and I cannot wait to try it!

  24. emily Apr 06 at 8:29 pm Reply Reply

    1. Love Coke Zero – great podium.
    2. Would you use the Neutrogena for an all-over sunblock, or just for your face?
    3. I’m so happy you found a just plain sunblock that you really liked, because I love my Origins moisturizer, and recently tried to switch to a Dove moisturizer w/SPF, and it is just not nearly as nice for my skin. So yay, now I can use the Neutrogena sunblock, and keep my lovely Origins A Perfect World serum.

  25. umi Apr 06 at 9:16 pm Reply Reply

    I was going to ask whether you are going to try “When Hope Is Not Enough SPF.” I guess the review from one of your readers covers it, though.
    I wonder, I always feel ridiculous when I end up putting too much on my face. It feels as if somewhere along the way, the effectiveness must be going down. For example, putting on sunscreen then moisturizer and then primer? : T At the moment I use Purity Made Simple and On a Clear Day Protection cream.

  26. Nicole Apr 06 at 11:18 pm Reply Reply

    Thanks, Vickie. I checked it out and it seems to bounce back to the main USA site when you navigate away from that one.
    And there are Sephora stores in the metro Toronto area (and Mississauga, of all places), but I live in Vancouver and that is a bit of a trek :> The clinique stuff I can get at the Bay. I will have to check for a store in Washington state now :>

  27. Suzy Q Apr 07 at 2:03 pm Reply Reply

    I second the Amy who gave a shout-out to Olay Complete Defense SPF 30 as a daily moisturizer/SPF combo. I am a natural redhead with fair skin living in South Florida, and I use it every day. It’s not heavy or smelly. Or expensive.
    But dammit! I want that Chanel stuff!

  28. Jessica in SC Apr 07 at 2:28 pm Reply Reply

    Thanks to a free sample (!!) I am using the Clinique Super City spf 40 face protector and really like it. It acts as a primer for your foundation, which is WONDERFUL, and doesn’t leave you greasy or smelling like a greased-up teenager on vacation. And at $17, it’s a steal! I’ve used my free sample for about 6 weeks, and am definitely going to buy more soon. http://www.clinique.com/templates/products/sp_nonshaded.tmpl?CATEGORY_ID=CATEGORY4923&PRODUCT_ID=PROD9705

  29. Flagstaff Girl Apr 08 at 4:34 pm Reply Reply

    I agree with your winner, out of your pics. But, hello, where’s the Anthelios (La Roche Posay)? Isn’t it the only true UVA/UVB blocker out there? Just ask my mole hacking sun hater of a dermatologist. Really.

  30. Susan Apr 08 at 10:09 pm Reply Reply

    I’ve been using Banana Boat’s Everyday Glow Face with SPF 20 for a week and a half now and can report that it’s as good at masking my extreme paleness as Jergen’s Natural Glow, but it has SPF. Moisturizer, SPF AND “a hint of color,” I’m practically giddy. Just thought I’d share.

  31. epoh Apr 09 at 2:57 pm Reply Reply

    I’ve been using some stuff I picked up at target – http://bootsus.bri-global.com/main.asp?cid=33&sid=26&iid=45
    Boots Botanics Face Defence Moisture Cream SPF15. I am really liking it. It doesn’t smell like much of anything (I can’t smell it at all unless the whole open container it up to my nose), the moisturizing seems nice a light and not oily. I have normal-to-dry skin and I could probably apply it twice a day, but I am lazy. It’s fairly cheap ($12) so I think it’s worth a try for those that shop at Target.

  32. Grace D Apr 09 at 10:53 pm Reply Reply

    Bought the Aveeno Positively Ageless Moisturizer/Sunscreen two weeks ago. It rules. EXCEPT watch out if the stuff drips into your eyes while running, yoga, Sumo wrestling, whatever exercise you that makes you break out into a good sweat because oh, my Sweet Baby Jesus, does it sting. Lawdy.
    So, I wear my Coppertone sport formulation sunscreen if I have a Jock Mama day.
    Sorry to plant the unsavory picture of Sumo wrestlers in everyone’s mind.
    As always Amy, I curtsy to you.

  33. KS Apr 12 at 3:42 pm Reply Reply

    I also tried the “When Hope Is Not Enough SPF” Philosophy product. I hated it. I have sensitive, dry skin, and didn’t like the smell, or the feel of it. I’m still going to give Purity a try based on your recommendation, but I think I’ll stick with my Oil of Olay moisturizers with sunscreen. I do use “Hope in a Tube” for the eye area, and like it though.

  34. Virginia Gal Apr 23 at 3:50 pm Reply Reply

    Thanks to the cage match, I purchased a tube of the Neutragena (in 30, but should have also gotten 45) to take on a weeklong Carribean vacation with my DH. GOOD STUFF… I used it exclusively on my face and neck and did not have one single zit the whole time – despite mega humidity and sweating almost constantly. I KNOW I would have had bad acne if I had used a sport or other less sensitive sunscreen on my face. The only place I burned was on the top of one ear, where I apparently either missed putting sunscreen or it rubbed off on my hat.
    THANK YOU AMY!

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