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Shield Me

Reviewing: Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer Spf 30  |  Rating:
rachelreviews By rachelreviews on
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I've been using this since a dermatologist suggested it (Approximately 4 years ago). I asked for her recommendations, at an appointment, because I've always been concerned with sun exposure. She said that this product would not cause any breakouts. I have found this to be the case. It has not caused any pimples, and I am quite acne-prone.

There are a couple of things I love about this sunblock, other than its noncomedogenic nature. One of them being, the tube's appearance. It is very plain, minimalist and faintly sporty. It is opaque and appears to be fairly light-tight. The second thing is it is UNSCENTED. I don't like a scented product on my face, so I really appreciate that.

That being said, I find unscented products often have a slight scent. I call this the "unscented scent." I find this one smells a little bit like Elmer's Glue, but bear in mind, this is a really subtle fragrance. This smell disappears after it dries.

There are three problems I face with this SPF moisturizer consistently. At first when I noticed this issue, I thought maybe it was a fluke, or it was because the tube I was using was a bit old, but this has happened to new tubes. After applying, the cream has the propensity to glob up and cause rolled up clumps on my face and neck. So much so, that I literally dust off my face and neck after it's dry, so I look presentable. Believe it or not, this has not been a dealbreaker for me.

This sunblock makes my skin look shiny which is another chink in the armor. I prefer a more matte look. Finally, I find that the tube is constructed in such a way that it traps much of the cream inside. In other words, when I think the tube is finished, there is still 1/3 - 1/4 of product hiding in there. I have taken to cutting the tube in half and scooping the remainder out.

I continue to use this product because it does not break me out, it offers SPF 30 and has barely any scent whatsoever. If I ever find a sunblock that has those characteristics, but has a better texture, I will gladly switch.