Ultra Sheer Face Sunscreen SPF 45
88 ml for $14.99
Last Updated:12.23.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This is an outstanding lightweight sunscreen for those who detest the feel most sunscreens have on their skin. You’ll barely know you’re wearing this in-part avobenzone sunscreen thanks to its soft, fluid texture and powder-like finish. The avobenzone is stabilized by Neutrogena’s Helioplex blend and they’ve included some potent antioxidants. All told, this is very good news for helping to keep your skin protected from sun damage! Note that the inactive ingredients are presented in alphabetical order due to this sunscreen’s status as an over-the-counter (OTC) drug.


Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face Sunscreen with Helioplex provides high, photostable UV protection. This broad-spectrum sunscreen defends skin against both UVA and UVB rays. Waterproof and sweatproof, it contains moisturizing Antioxidant Vitamins A, C and E to protect skin against environmental aggressors.


Active: Homosalate (10%), Oxybenzone (6%), Octisalate (5%), Avobenzone (3%), Octocrylene (2.79%), Other: Ascorbic acid, Behenyl Alcohol, BHT, Bisabolol, Butylene Glycol, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Camellia, Sinensis Leaf Extract, Caprylyl Methicone, Diethylhexyl 2,6-Naphthalate, Dimethicone, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ethylparaben, Glyceryl Stearate, Methylparaben, PEG-100 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Propylparaben, Retinyl Palmitate, Silica, Sodium Polyacrylate, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Trideceth-6, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, VP/Hexedecene Copolymer, Water, Xanthan Gum

Brand Overview

Neutrogena At-A-Glance:

Strengths: Inexpensive; some superior water-soluble cleansers; good topical scrubs; effective AHA and BHA products; several retinol options, all in stable packaging; vast selection of sunscreens, most of which offer excellent UVA protection; good variety of self-tanning products; several fragrance-free options; most Healthy Skin products are state-of-the-art; almost all of the foundations with sunscreen provide sufficient UVA protection; the Moistureshine Gloss.

Weaknesses: An overabundance of overlapping anti-aging products that is perennially confusing for consumers; Bar soap; most of the toners are irritating or boring; a handful of bland moisturizers and eye creams; some sunscreens lack sufficient UVA protection or contain too much alcohol or problematic preservatives; most of the Deep Clean products are terrible; no effective skin-lightening products; jar packaging; mostly disappointing concealers and eyeshadows; most of the lip balms with sunscreen provide inadequate UVA protection; mostly poor mascaras.

Neutrogena is one of few brands that have an equally large presence in both the U.S. and in Canada. Unfortunately, many of the formulas and product names that Neutrogena uses are not interchangeable between the two countries, a fact that has been brought to our attention by our astute Canadian readers (who make up about 10% of our Beautypedia readership). In an effort to clear up a lot of the confusion surrounding Neutrogena Canada products, The Cosmetics Cop Team has done research in Canadian drugstores to determine the ingredients and product names as they appear on Neutrogena's Canadian packaging.

Please note that if a product does not appear on this list, it means that, to the best of our knowledge, that product has the same name and formula in the U.S. as it does in Canada. You'll find the reviews for such products under the main Neutrogena brand. That overlap means Canadian readers may find they have to switch between both Neutrogena and Neutrogena Canada to locate the product review they're seeking, and we apologize for any inconvenience.

In some cases the differences between the U.S. and Canadian version of a Neutrogena product is only an ingredient or two, and in other cases the entire formula is different. Despite The Cosmetics Cop Team best efforts, there are no doubt products that have been overlooked on this list. As much as we would like it to be comprehensive, we are restricted by what is on store shelves at the time we conduct our research. If you have any additional information about Neutrogena Canada products, we encourage you to contact us using the link at the bottom of the product's review page.

For more information about Neutrogena Canada, please reference our complete Neutrogena Brand Summary or visit www.neutrogena.ca.

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Allergy Warning

If you are allergic to sulfa-based drugs, stay away from Neutrogena sunscreens with Helioplex. This formulation will cause a reaction and you will break out in hives.

Reviewed by
oily ring left

this product felt oily and was white on skin. still broke out while using it. did oil test by putting product on parchment and left over night and it had a huge oil ring around the product on the paper. also check the ingredients on acne mantra website and Ethylhexyl Stearate is comedogenic

Reviewed by
Pretty Decent product

I have very sensitive skin and my skin has not been negatively affected by this product. This is definitely much lighter and the scent isn't too overwhelming compared to other sunscreens I have tried. I also noticed that the formula was light enough to wear face makeup over and not slip off

Reviewed by
Jazmin R.
Strong smell!

I do home peels and need a high rated sunscreen for my face. I'm not sensitive to fragrances but this sunscreen has such a strong odor it burns my eyes! I've tried only using it only on my neck and my eyes still water non-stop. I really wanted to like this but unfortunately the smell is too overpowering for me.

Reviewed by
beth b.
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