Neutrogena Beach Defence SPF 50 Sunscreen Review

Neutrogena Beach Defence SPF 50 Sunscreen Review
Neutrogena says their SPF 50 Beach Defence Sunscreen Lotion "provides high sun protection stabilised with Helioplex technology, it provides balanced broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection against skin-aging UVA and burning UVB rays in an ultra-light, fast absorbing formula. Ideal protection for the active family, this fomula defends skin against the drying effects of the beach while providing beach strength UVA/UVB sun protection." This sun and sea shielding sunscreen contains 198ml and retails for $16.99, but it can often be found for less on offer. Neutrogena is not cruelty free. This sunscreen was made in the USA.

The Beach Defence sunscreen comes in a bright yellow plastic bottle with a flip top cap and convenient finger grips notched in to the bottle for when you have those slippery sunscreen hands. A bright label is affixed to the front of the bottle, with an informative label stuck to the back, offering directions and all the appropriate warnings. To be entirely honest, the packaging put me off of this sunscreen a little - it seems too playful and vivid to be a good skincare product, if that makes sense to you. Luckily, I didn't judge this excellent sunscreen by it's packaging - which is recyclable by the way.

I'm a long time fan of Neutrogena sunscreens, both for their efficacy and affordability. Back in October I ran out of my usual Ultra Sheer Dry Touch and the Bondi Junction Priceline was entirely sold out - of all Neutrogena sunscreens except the Beach Denfence SPF 50 Sunscreen. In a pinch, I picked it up, not expecting to like it, but it turns out I actually prefer it over the Ultra Sheer Dry Touch formula for a couple of reasons! The Beach Defence Sunscreen is a white lotion that takes some effort to rub it - in has the tendency to form that white film so many sunscreens do, unless you really, really work it into the skin. Once Beach Defence is fully rubbed in, it has only the slightest greasy feel that goes away after ten or fifteen minutes. Even after the greasy feeling goes away, Neutrogena's beach ready sunscreen has a dewy finish that I actually love - it's subtle but it gives the skin a perfected look. So far, this is the best 'under makeup' sunscreen that I've tried - it's almost primer-like in it's ability to provide a smooth, glowy canvas for foundation. I wouldn't recommend this sunscreen if you're having photos taken, as it can cause flashback in certain lighting.

When it comes to sunscreen, the most important factor is efficacy, of course. I'm happy to report that I haven't experienced any sunburn while wearing a proper application of Neutrogena's SPF 50 Beach Defence Sunscreen. I've had a few patches of redness when I've been slapdash with this sunscreen (impromptu beach trips will do that), but on a daily basis Beach Defence provides more than adequate sun protection when applied (and reapplied) evenly and consistently throughout the day. I can't speak for this sunscreen's ability to protect the skin from water related damage as I haven't been in a chlorine pool so far this season, and I never experience ill-effects from sea water. On the subject of reapplication, I wouldn't classify Neutrogena's Beach Defence as 'waterproof' or 'sweatproof', on particularly hot days I have sweat this sunscreen off and needed to reapply, but in less extreme weather (under 100F/38C), it should be able to withstand the heat.

Unfortunately I was unable to find a full ingredient list for Neutrogena's SPF 50 Beach Defence Sunscreen, but the five active ingredients are listed below with their percentages included. All five of this sunscreen's actives are highly effective for blocking UVA and UVB rays, providing broad spectrum protection. This sunscreen is not fragrance free and has a pretty strong coconut and pineapple fragrance.

Neutrogena's SPF 50 Beach Defence Sunscreen is a surprise favorite for me! I've already finished my first bottle and repurchased my next one, and I'll continue to do so all throughout summer. I may end up going back to a different Neutrogena formula in the cooler months, but during Sydney's hot, sunny summers, I'll be depending on Beach Defence to keep my skin safe and looking good. This sunscreen is definitely worth a try.


Active Ingredients:
Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (3%), Homosalate (10%), Octyl Salicylate (5%), Octocylene (4.5%), Oxybenzone (4%)

Full ingredients unavailable. 

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