Tested on animals:Yes
This sunscreen isn’t as spectacular as Neutrogena Canada’s Ultra Sheer Face Sunscreen SPF 45. It doesn’t contain a great mix of antioxidants and SPF 60 can be overkill for sun protection (there isn’t that much daylight in most parts of the world, though higher SPF ratings are worth considering if you’re among the many who skimp on liberal application). This sunscreens downfall is the inclusion of a sensitizing preservative (methylisothiazolinone) that is contraindicated for use in leave-on products. The amount of sunscreen actives needed to reach SPF 60 can be sensitizing on its own without adding troublesome preservatives to the mix.
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 (15%), Oxybenzone (6%), Octisalate (5%), Avobenzone (3%), Octocrylene (2.79%), Other: Alkyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Ascorbic acid, Beeswax
BHT, Bisabolol, Butylene Glycol, Camellia, Sinensis Leaf Extract, Caprylyl Methicone, Cetyl Dimethicone, Diethylhexyl 2,6-Naphthalate, Dimethicone, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Disodium Edta. Ethylhexyl Stearate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Methylisothiazolinone, Peg-100 Stearate, Polyaminoproyl Biguanide, Propylene Glycol, Retinyl Palmitate, Silica, Sodium Polyacrylate, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Trideceth-6, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Water, Xanthan Gum
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.