I am a runner. I've been looking for a good facial sunscreen that will work even while I'm sweating.
After I bought and used Neutrogena's Sport Face Sunblock Lotion SPF 70+ for one of my races, I knew I had to share my less-than-stellar results with you.
Neutrogena: Ultimate Sport Sunblock Lotion SPF 70+ - Duo Package
Before my road race over the weekend, I was in the market for a sunblock that would work well. My skin is extremely fair and sensitive. I knew the sun was going to be strong that day so I was looking for a strong sunscreen that would get the job done.
I needed a product that would still block the sun even though I would be sweating a lot. Right there at Walgreens, I saw my answer. There was a 4.0 oz tube of "Neutrogena Ultimate Sport Sunblock Lotion".
What got my attention was the sleek shiny silver packaging paired with the word "Sport". This seemed like it might be something that would work well during a road race.
It listed the following:
- SPF of 70+
- broad spectrum UVA-UVB
- contained Helioplex
- ultra sweat proof and waterproof
- defend, restore, recharge, breathable clean feel
- won't clog pores or cause breakouts
- Oil free and PABA free
- #1 Dermatologist recommended sun care
These were all of the qualities I was looking for in a sunblock.
Attached to the 4 oz. tube was a smaller 1 oz. trial tube of Neutrogena Sport Face. It also said it had an SPF of 70. The fact that they had a separate product for your face made me think that the larger tube was not a good match for my face and that I should use the smaller trial sized tube for that.
Using Neutrogena: Ultimate Sport and Sport Face Sunblock Lotion SPF 70+
Both tubes contained product that was light weight, easy to apply, and non greasy. It also had an extremely light scent.
I dabbed a few drops of the "Sport Face" to my face and rubbed it in until I felt my face was thoroughly covered. I used the bigger tube on the rest of my body. I did all of this an hour before I was in the sun. The race lasted about 35 minutes, and I stuck around for another 30 minutes or so. In total, I was in the sun for approximately 2 hours.
During the road race, my face began to sweat and the sunblock ran into my eyes. This stung my eyes very badly and I could not see clearly for the rest of the race.
Also, after the race, I was left with a burn on my face, mostly my forehead. It seems that the Sport Face product could not withstand my sweat. The Ultimate Sport Body Sunscreen worked on other areas of my body and I did not burn elsewhere.
Upon closer inspection, the "Sport Face" tube does not say "ultra sweat proof" or "water proof" like the larger tube does. However, to me, that was implied since it was packaged with the larger tube and also had the word "Sport" in its description.
I can testify that the Ultimate Sport Sunblock Lotion took good care of my skin, leaving me with no burn. The Sport Face Sunblock resulted in burning and stinging; two things you want to avoid when running a race.
My quest for a really good sunblock that is actually waterproof and will not sting my eyes goes on.