I picked up Neutrogena‘s new sunscreen for babies a couple of weeks ago — Pure & Free, with their PureScreen complex. I just call it PureScreen, because let’s face it: that’s a much more awesome name.
It’s paraben and chemical sunscreen free, which is why I picked it up in the first place. (As a lot of you know, my sister is allergic to both!) We’ve been desperately hunting down something that she can actually use, without feeling totally gross… and coming up empty handed.
Texture and finish: The PureScreen is on the thick side, but not nearly as thick as a normal suncreen. No, it’s more of a “heavy moisturiser” thickness. The heaviest moisturiser I can think of right now is Korres’ Yogurt one — this is much lighter than that!! Its finish is very natural; there’s no oiliness, shimmer, or “dewiness” (which drives my sister nuts. Going through the Sephora beauty book, the only comment she could manage was “why are they so glowy?! It’s disturbing. And icky.”)
Oiliness through the day: Unlike most suncreens, I didn’t end up as an oil slick. In fact, I was no more oily than normal! This is not only waterproof and sweatproof, but also hypoallergenic and oil-free! The last two are terms that I usually discredit to marketing, but I really feel that this product lives up to them.
The verdict? This is an incredible suncreen, for both face and body! Sure, I don’t love the finish as much as Shiseido’s lotion sunscreens (that stuff sinks in like a dream) but keep in mind that theirs has both parabens and chemical suncreens. And at about $11/3oz, you can’t beat the PureScreen’s price! Especially when the next runner-up for “best suncreen ever” costs $48/3.3oz *glares at Shiseido*