Today, we’re talking about sunscreen for the face. Because while I might be willing to let my legs and arms feel the UV rays in the name of vitamin D and endorphins, my face needs to be protected like a state secret.
Splurge. Obagi is known for their highly potent ingredients and rejuvenating products. Miss M swears by their Nu-Derm Sun Shield with SPF 50 ($46) to protect her face on days spent by the pool.
I’ve used this product and I was amazed that it didn’t make me too oily or cause a breakout. It felt very light on the skin, which was nice since some sunscreens feel like you’re wearing a lead vest on your face. And it didn’t have a fragrance, which I always prefer.
Save. I purchased Neutrogena Age Shield Face with SPF 110 ($10) because I was looking for a product that was a bit more friendly to my budget than paying $50 for sunscreen.
I was very impressed with how this sunscreen protected my face. When I came back in from the pool, my body had gotten some color, but my face was undarkened. Awesome.
I like this product, but I have two complaints. (Me? Complaints? Never?)
After being breakout free for awhile, two applications of this sunscreen and my skin regressed to its pre-IS Clinical days. Not good. And unlike the Obagi, it does not feel light on the skin. It feels a bit like an itchy wool sweater after the first hour.
Verdict. If I can get 110 (read: all day) sun protection, I’m willing to put up with a few more pimples and a little itching. And if I can get it for $10, what is there to discuss?