This is going to be a very quick review because I realize that after using another sunblock (not the one I previously posted about), this one really sucks compared to it.
So, yeah. Thought I’d just let everyone know about it.
Previously, I mentioned in my first sunblock review what SPF is all about and how important it is for sunblock products. Some small exchange of opposing ideas about it, too, in the comments section. In the end I guess we all have different understandings of what it is. However, it’s important to always have some kind of sun protection regardless of the SPF value when you’re under the sun.. unless you can bear the sunburn. 😛
As I go along with finding out more about these products since I plan on hopping from one brand to another.. I learn new things, too. Now, I’ll talk a bit about shelf life and expiration of sunblock products.
From ~thorough researching online~, it says that a sunblock’s shelf life is from 1-3 years from purchase, or depends on the date in the bottle. It’s suggested to dispose it if it’s beyond that timeframe as it may not be effective anymore.
The Nivea Sun Moisturizing Immediate Sun Protection SPF 50++ PA, as far I know, is one of their variants from the Sun Care line of products. I believe this one is for the body, because there’s a separate one for the face. I had that, but I think it was beyond its expiry date so it’s been disposed long before this writing.
The short feedback about that was: IT CAUSED ME BREAKOUTS JUST HOURS OF USING IT.
That’s a pressing concern of mine when looking for face sunblock lotions now. It has to not have ingredients that’ll cause zits or at least say anywhere that it’s for acne prone skin. Unfortunately I haven’t found one anywhere locally which really sucks. So whatever I’m using now, just have to suck it up when I get breakouts a few hours later.
Sidenote: Neutrogena has a sunblock product specially for acne-prone faces that is not available here. UGH. Someone on eBay is selling it locally though, along with other US-import Neutrogena products. Still thinking if I should try it.. because it costs twice, maybe even thrice, than it’s supposed price in the US.
Anyway, here’s the look of the bottle, front and back. Nothing to see here, really. Lol.
I brought this to our Bohol trip, I think. Checked the bottle and there’s still a year left before it reaches its expiration date. Okay so it’s still effective, supposedly.
Photos of the lotion and how it is when you apply it.. featuring my twig of a forearm. 😆 😳
A. The texture of the lotion is creamy(?), too creamy for my standards. It’s also pale yellow-dull white in color.
B. See that I only poured a small amount (it’s small for me already, just a bit bigger than a drop, right? lol) but it spreads thick and seems consistent and sticky.. (even though the label says it’s non-sticky)
C. This is after spreading the same amount of lotion around my forearm. See the white cast it left all over, making it look greasy and oily.
D. That’s after the application has dried up and I’ve thoroughly rubbed it to make it blend with my skin tone, but it feels neither moisturizing or non-sticky. It feels sticky as heck! And there’s also a rough feeling whenever it rubs off on something. You can still see white parts around.. (IDK if you can see, but I can o__O)
It leaves a visible amount of white cast even after thoroughly rubbing it on your skin to blend it in with your skin tone. That worried me.. I thought it was some kind of effect that means the product is old/expired already. Most reviews say it isn’t and that it’s normal.
If I were in the water, this would be okay. Like I would be fine with it. I don’t really care getting that white cast on my skin because it’ll be washed off in the water eventually.
However, if I were to use this during daytime, land activities.. or on normal days if I have to go out and commute, I would find it
pretty really annoying. Definitely not recommending this for that purpose.
Note to self: Other than general reviews for sunblock products, look if it leaves a residue or white cast upon applying next time AND if it’s acne-prone friendly aka won’t cause breakouts, and lastly if you can use it for the face too. (Let’s be honest, sunblocks are pricey for something you won’t be using all year round.)
I’ll try to use this product as much as I can during my trip because I don’t want to have any leftover of this when I get back from the beach, or probably throw it out when I get pissed off by it.. loljk. In my defense, there’s about 20% left! 😛
Final Note: Not going to repurchase this as soon as I’ve finished it up.