Monday Mix: Voxy vs. Neutrogena, and Sales!

By Voxy  

You all know that old chestnut about the definition of insanity being doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, right? (Well, you do now.)

There is overwhelming evidence — anecdotal, admittedly, but that’s pretty much the best kind in this instance — that I do not like Neutrogena facial sunscreens. I am aware that this opinion pits me against much of the civilized world. Yet I have tried most of them, and they almost invariably irritate my skin, cause breakouts, or leave my face with a nasty texture. There is no reasonable doubt left in this case. I do not like them, Sam I Am.

So pls to explain to me why my little voxalicious heart has gone all pitter-pat over the idea of Neutrogena’s new Ultra Sheer Liquid Sunblock (SPF 55 or 70)? It’s the word “liquid” in there, I think — the idea that I would not have to give up my regular (non-SPF) moisturizers that I love and still get SPF protection. The idea that you only need a couple of drops, that it goes on top of moisturizer and before makeup, and that early reviews say that it has a “barely-there” texture that doesn’t interfere with makeup application. Dare I hope?

Can anyone kill this lemming?


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Tarte is still offering 20% off sitewide through 4/30 with code TARTE44.

Vincent Longo is offering 30% off through 4/30 with code VFLIRT.

C.O. Bigelow is offering 20% off through 5/10 with code MOMSDAY. (Recommended: anything lemon, but in particular the Lemon Body Cream or Hand Soap; I see they have some new products out with lime in them and if they are anywhere near as good as the lemon then I will have to start stalking them.)

HauteLook happens to have several brands of interest to this blog on sale this week: Mario Badescu skincare on Monday, LORAC beauty and RapidLash on Tuesday, and 100% Pure beauty/skincare on Wednesday. All sales begin at 11 am Eastern/8 am Pacific.

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  1. avatar Inthelab
    Posted April 28, 2010 at 7:11 am | Permalink | Reply

    Put me in the “don’t like Neutrogena sunscreen” club. I prefer a moisturizing sunscreen like the Person & Covey DML SPF25 I use.


    • avatar Voxy
      Posted April 28, 2010 at 7:36 am | Permalink | Reply

      Actually, based on your positive comments about Shiseido, I picked up their SPF 33 (36? can’t remember and am too lazy to go and look) moisturizing cream, which I think I like. I need a few more days of testing before I can review it, but it seems like a good product.


  2. avatar Wormold
    Posted April 27, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I don’t like Neutrogena sunscreens either. But what’s this about sunscreen after moisturizer? Seriously? I do it the other way. What else am I doing wrong?


    • avatar Voxy
      Posted April 27, 2010 at 10:40 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Oy! You will find as many contradictory opinions about whether sunscreen should be applied before or after other products as Elizabeth Taylor has had husbands. And dermatologists will happily contradict one another, which just goes to show how little we know for sure about the process.

      Conventional wisdom has, in the past, said that chemical sunscreens (avobenzone and etc.) should be the first thing you put on, so that other moisturizers don’t prevent them from soaking into the skin. Mechanical sunscreens like titanium dioxide, on the other hand, can be applied over moisturizer since they are supposed to provide a physical barrier.

      However, the huge degree of disagreement between dermatologists on this issue (I guarantee that you can find a published dermatological opinion to support whatever your favorite method happens to be) indicates that there is so much we don’t yet know about this whole issue. For instance, a recent study showed that lycopene supplements taken directly from tomatoes can produce a sort of internal sunscreen, in which the skin is protected from damage by the inside.

      So I would just keep doing what you’re doing, unless for some reason it isn’t working for you. There is no definitive reason to change the order of application of products.

      Confusing, eh?


  3. avatar chaosbydesign
    Posted April 26, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Don’t do it, Voxy! What you describe is similar to my reaction to every single Neutrogena product I have tried. I am allergic to them, and would guess that you are too. I think it is usually advisable not to put something you are likely to be allergic to on your face…


    • avatar Voxy
      Posted April 27, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I know, but I am still *so tempted*!


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