I was gifted with a ton of Neutrogena skin products a few weeks ago and a few of those items came just in time for summer fun. Enter Neutrogena Wet Skin. It’s a spray on sunscreen labeled at SPF 85+. The product description says it’s water resistant and offers full strength protection on wet or dry skin, whether you’re swimming or just plain sweaty. It’s formulated with the Neutrogrena patented helioplex, which offers broad spectrum (UVA and UVB) protection for the skin. Here’s a layman’s terms explanation from Wise Geek about why helioplex is important:
UVA rays produce milder, more long-term effects than UVB rays and are thought to contribute to the aging of skin. Sunscreen ingredients that absorb UVA rays tend to disintegrate shortly after being exposed to the sun, so traditional sun protection products could not be advertised as offering adequate UVA protection. Researchers discovered if both UVA and UVB absorbing properties were combined with the stabilizing solvent Hallbrite TQ, all the chemicals maintained their effectiveness.
That being said, Neutrogena Wet Skin promises at least 80 minutes of water resistant wear so if you’re swimming or sweating then reapplication is recommended, but if you’re just wearing on an average skin day and have on more than swimwear, then you can most likely get away with wearing it for up to a full two hours before having to reapply depending on your skin sensitivity. I’m no doctor so I’m just going by common sense.
And now for the good stuff. I got to test it out during a day of fun at Far Rockaway Beach in Queens, New York.
Yup, that’s me on the top right practicing a headstand. I toppled to the ground shortly after that photo was taken. Fun times. Anyway, you’re wondering what I think about the product, right?
Drum roll please….
I give this product an A.
1. It’s not greasy or filmy (because it’s oil free), which is a problem I have with a lot of other sunscreens. Therefore, it doesn’t feel like I’m wearing a latex glove so I’m free to move about the cabin (aka the beach) doing headstands, cartwheels and all that good stuff.
2. It didn’t leave behind a white residue. Some sunscreens, no matter how much you rub them in, just have to let the world know that they are present on your skin. Not cute.
3. As long as you follow the directions and stay vigilant about reapplying, this product works well.
4. It’s PABA-free, which is a good choice for allergy sufferers like me, who have eczema or sensitive skin in general.
Keep in mind that I have more leeway when it comes to the sun because of my dark skin but make no mistakes, I can and have been sunburned. It’s not fun so I feel bad for people who are really super sensitive to the sun. That’s why it’s important to use a good sunscreen that caters to a wide range of needs, hence the helioplex and SPF strength but it’s also good to find the product that works for you.
The only con or possible con depending on the person, is that it’s not paraben free. That is a concern for some people so I just wanted to put that out there.
Here’s another shot of more fun in the sun from a Bachelorette Weekend in Atlantic City:
That’s all I got for now but stay tuned for more Neutrogena sun screen reviews.
Visit Neutrogena’s site for a more detailed explanation and run down of all their sunscreen products.
P.S. I was not paid for this product review.
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