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Extra Care Non-Greasy Sunscreen SPF 50

Sunshine, something’s come between us. Smooth on this silky lotion that sets to a feather-light, matte finish, then get out in the sun and play. You’re covered.
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  • Broad-spectrum protection ideal for blemish-prone skin
  • Very water resistant; ideal for sports

Expiration Date 2/2016

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Customer Ratings:

83 out of 100
(Based on 191 Reviews)
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  1. CHASTITY S.
    Reviewed on Sunday, August 17, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great Body Sunscreen
    • My family has been using this for several years. I put this on my 7 year old sons face and body. He has never had a negative reaction or a sunburn. My preteen daughter with very sensitive skin puts this on her face and body. She has also never had a bad reaction or sunburn. I use this on my arms, hands and back of my neck 365 days a year (I'm in my very late 30's). I do use one of the other Paula's Choice SPF moisturizers on my face, neck and chest.

  2. Lola C.
    Reviewed on Saturday, August 16, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Fantastic!
    • I've used Paula's products for years, but never this sunscreen. It's expensive, and I figured for body sunscreen, I would just buy whatever was on sale that was full spectrum (natural redhead, I use a lot!) I picked some of this up on a whim, and was very surprised with it. It goes on like a moisturizer, not at all like a greasy sunscreen. This is perfect for everyday use, and moisturizing as well. It soaks right into my skin, and is like wearing nothing at all. Perfect!

  3. ARZU T.
    Reviewed on Monday, August 11, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    It changed
    • Last batch I got says 50+ and it's not as good as before. I have oily skin and every other sun protection product I tried made me break out before I started using Paula's choice 50 SPF. I was very happy with it but not any more. This last batch is not as light, it feels greasy and shine doesn't go away. I'm still giving it 3 stars since it still protects but it's not a light lotion with no shine any more like it's being advertised.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, August 11, 2014

    Thanks for your review! We're a bit confused, though, as the formula for this product hasn't changed in quite some time. If you remain unhappy with the product, we encourage you to contact us for a refund or exchange. You may also wish to check out the other SPF 50 sunscreens we recommend on Beautypedia!

    —Admin
  4. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Tuesday, July 29, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Not Matte Finish
    • Let it dry for 5 minutes but still left my face shiney. Only got worse as the day wore on. Enlarged pores looked even larger. Not for oily skin.

  5. Leslie
    Reviewed on Monday, July 28, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Great for Body but not Face
    • Zero stars for my face and Five starts for my body. I use many PC products and was excited about SPF 50 in this. I tried it on my face twice and had to wash it off both times because it felt like it was burning my skin. However, I loved it on my body; it absorbed quickly and made my skin feel like silk. It also did a fantastic job of protecting me from the sun.

  6. Vivita
    Reviewed on Wednesday, July 23, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Excellent all day protection
    • I was quite impressed and absolutely love this product. Great for outdoors especially if you spend time hiking for hours at a time like I do. I rubbed on my arms, shoulders, ears, back of neck and on any other exposed parts, and Voila!; Zero sunburn. I used Skin Balancing SPF 30 (moisturizer) on my face instead and that was sufficient for the day. Although I did not reapply the sunscreen during my adventures, you can do so if you perspire much or just need to. Thanks Paula, great product.

  7. Debra, F
    Reviewed on Tuesday, July 22, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Terrible Packaging-Good Product
    • The first time I ordered this product I was immediately impressed by how it absorbs and does not cause a white film on my skin. But, after using it two times the pin in the plastic cap broke. After that, the cap never closed again and caused a mess and aggravation. I figured that was a one time issue so I ordered two more bottles this year before my vacation. Upon arrival one of the caps was already broken when I opened the box and the other one broke soon after. Please redesign the cap!!

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    Ugh, how unfortunate! We're so sorry this happened. It truly isn't a typical experience with this suncreen, but we will absolutely pass on your comments to our Packaging team.

    —Admin
  8. CAROLINE C.
    Reviewed on Thursday, July 17, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Serious sun protection
    • I'm only rating this one three stars because it's too emollient for my oily face and delivers some eye sting. But for the rest of the body it's excellent sun protection that really lasts and lasts.

  9. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Thursday, July 10, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    The best
    • This by far the best sunscreen!! I have sensitive oily skin and this doesn't make me breakout or get a rash. It's very fluid so its easy to blend in and re-apply with out feeling like my body is covered in a gross film. The only thing is that I wish it came in a bigger size I use it everyday and end up going through the tube very fast. I use a different sunscreen on my face though so I can't speak to facial use but A+++!!!!

  10. Mel
    Reviewed on Sunday, July 06, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Not good for me
    • I wished this would of been good since it has such a high SPF but it gave me a bad burning feeling on my skin and eyes after about 3 minutes after applying it to my skin. I have oily skin and this just made my face very shiny and hurt.

  11. Jennifer C
    Reviewed on Thursday, July 03, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Not for the oily types
    • I had high hopes for this sunscreen as it says it is specifically for oily skin and is non greasy. I used this on my face over my normal moisturizer in the mornings and it made my skin extremely oily to the point where I didn't want to put on foundation over it because it just felt wrong. I'll continue using it but only on my body. Disappointed in this product.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, July 14, 2014

    Thanks for your review! Those with oily skin who wish to apply this porduct to their face do not need to apply a separate moisturizer first. This sunscreen provides enough hydration for oily skin, and, as you noticed, combining moisturizer + this sunscreen on the face can make skin look and feel oilier. Be sure your facial moisturizer is as light as possible. For oily skin, a gentle toner can be the only "moisturizer" your skin needs!

    —Admin
  12. Jacqui N.
    Reviewed on Friday, June 27, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Not for me
    • I wanted to love this & as i have never had any reactions with the ingredients used in this in other brands, i didnt think there would be a problem. However, i am on day 2 of trying this out and i have had to come home from an outing just to wash this off and apply a different spf. It has made my skin very red and it burns after a few minutes of applying. I thought the burning would subside but it only intensified :( i adore their other products but i think i may return this.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Tuesday, July 01, 2014

    Thanks for your review! What you experienced isn't normal, so please contact our Customer Care Team to discuss the specifics (such as the other products you applied beforehand) and they can also assist with a refund or exchange!

    —Admin
  13. Heidi M.
    Reviewed on Sunday, June 08, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Fantastic!
    • This is a fantastic product. I put it on every morning right before dressing. I have also shared some samples with friends. I love that it is not greasy and so I am confident that it is not ruining my clothing. I am such a believer in Paula's Choice Products. I have not regretted any purchase that I have made. Thank you Paula!

  14. yazmin k
    Reviewed on Sunday, June 08, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    best sunscreen for breakout prone skin.
    • I have already written a review in the uk website, but thought I would share my thoughts on the us website, this is a excellent moisturiser that provides excellent sun protection and sets off to a semi matte finish, I have extremely clog prone skin so I have to be extra careful in what I put on my face, but this does not cause me to breakout! it doesent set to a super matte finish but it is not in any way greasy! A must have for combination to oily skin prone to acne.

  15. Kate
    Reviewed on Thursday, June 05, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great sunscreen - Nice matte finish
    • I am very pleased with this product, as it does not seem to be overly oily and it doesn't cause me to break out. Other sunscreens always caused breakouts when I applied them to my face. I am relieved knowing that I am being protected from the sun and I don't have to worry about breakouts!

  16. Janice
    Reviewed on Monday, June 02, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great sunscreen!
    • I tried a few samples of this, then ordered a full-size. I'm surprised at how much I like this, as I have really dry skin! This is really nice! No fragrance, spreads so easily, isn't too greasy that I have to worry about it staining my clothes. Now that it is summer, I must apply sunblock to the exposed areas of my body before I go out. This works extremely well for me. I use a heavier sunblock for my face. I will definately repurchase this. Love that it's SPF #50

  17. bimbola p.
    Reviewed on Monday, May 26, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    My all time favorite
    • I'm African with very oily acne prone skin with adult acne. I've tried loads of sunscreen since starting retin a, ahas, chemical peels for the acne and acne spots. The zinc sunscreens all give me a white cast and the chemical ones leave me oily even the 'oil free' types till I found this. I love this. It's very light, in fact runny, spreads easy, dries fast and I love that it's spf 50. My 4yr old and I both use it. This is my best non zinc sunscreen and will be re ordering.

  18. Anna Z.
    Reviewed on Sunday, May 11, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Safe for daily use on acne-prone skin
    • Best sunblock in the history of sunblock. I've been using this daily on my face and body for the past few weeks. Based on my non-existent tan, I'd say this stuff is pretty amazing. The formula is thin and easy to apply evenly. It goes on white, fades to invisible after a couple minutes and dries to a dewy satin finish. Even after a few re-applications, a lot of sweat, and 3+ hours in the sun, it doesn't gum up or become patchy. It also works well under makeup. Love.

  19. Vanessa P.
    Reviewed on Saturday, May 10, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Skin wasn't a fan of this sunscreen
    • cons : I have sensitive combination skin on my face and normal skin for my body (but I have never had a sun burn with or with out sunscreen). I usually use the Coppertone brand sunscreen and ocean potion sunscreen (for my face ears and lips) and have never had problems with them. When I used ungreasy Spf 50 + sunscreen my oily parts of my face (t zone) turned red and I began to breakout and while on my arms my skin turned red in some area (which was itchy). pros: easily absorbed and not greasy

  20. CARRIE C.
    Reviewed on Thursday, May 08, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Our go-to, everyday sunscreen.
    • My whole family uses this! My husband and I both use it on our face and arms, and so do my kids (twins, age 4). They just learned how to apply it by themselves (and Mom is SO happy!) I agree -- a larger bottle, please!!

  21. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Friday, April 25, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great Sunscreen and Moisturizer!
    • I was looking for a light weight sunscreen for my face, that was also good for my skin, this is it! Plus, there is a lot of product so it is a GREAT buy! I suffer from adult acne and sun spots...so far, no problems!

  22. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Wednesday, April 16, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    BIGGER SIZE PLEASE!
    • I have never wrote a review for any product before but I just had to say how much I love this product. It's everything you want in a sunscreen, great protection, lightweight, and non-greasy. The only problem I have is that I only get 5 fl. oz. Because it's for face & BODY and I share with my husband, it's not going to last me very long. Please Paula, please make a bigger size!

  23. Virginia S.
    Reviewed on Monday, March 24, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great for face
    • I originally bought this for an upcoming trip to Florida, but I started using it on my face in the daytime over my Skin Balancing Invisible Finish Moisture Gel when my PC RESIST SPF ran out, and I really love it! I wasn't sure about putting this on my face because I have combination skin and thought it might make me break out, but it hasn't at all--sets to an amazing matte finish, and a little goes a long way on the face.

  24. natalia c.
    Reviewed on Friday, March 21, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Amazing!
    • I usually don't have time to write reviews, but this product really made me take the time and write one. This is the most amazing thing I've ever tried, for the past 2yrs I've been doing my research and trying all kind of things, and finally I found what I was looking for! My sking absolutely loves it! In general all PC products are amazing, everything I buy here is good quality product and leaves me very satisfied! Thank you Paula's Choice for making "us" ladies beautiful!

  25. Maureen B.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, February 19, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    I love this product
    • I have used sunscreen on my face for about 20 years, I love how Paula's suncare goes on and feels. Great stuff, Thanks

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What makes this product unique?
Extra Care Non-Greasy Sunscreen SPF 50 offers reliable broad-spectrum sun protection without feeling thick or oily. In fact, you may be surprised by it silky texture and smooth matte finish that's so unlike many high-SPF sunscreens. This antioxidant-rich sunscreen is suitable for the face and body; it may be worn under makeup. Its very water-resistant formula is ideal for outdoor activities.

This product is 100% fragrance- and colorant-free.

Who is this product for?
Extra Care Non-Greasy Sunscreen SPF 50 is recommended for normal to oily/combination skin. It is also suitable for blemish-prone skin.

Sources to support the claims made for Extra Care Non-Greasy Sunscreen SPF 50

Future Oncology, December 2008, pages 841–856; Clinics in Dermatology, November-December 2008, pages 614–626; Skin Therapy Letter, September 2008, pages 5–9; Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, July 2008, pages S7–S12; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314-321; Journal of Pathology, January 2007, 241–251; International Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology, July-September 2005, pages 497-502; Experimental Dermatology, September 2005, pages 684-691; Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, June 2005, pages 937–958; Photodermatology, Photoimmunology, and Photomedicine, August 2004, pages 200–204; Cutis, September 2003, pages 11–15; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, January 2002, pages 117–125; and Clinical Experimental Dermatology, October 2001, pages 573–577.

Key Ingredients: vitamin C, vitamin A, silica, bentonite, Aloe barbadensis, vitamin E, avobenzone

Product Ingredients:

Active Ingredients: Homosalate 10%, Oxybenzone 6%, Octisalate 5%, Avobenzone 3%, Octocrylene 2% (all FDA-approved sunscreen ingredients). Other Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol (slip agent), PEG-8, Polyethylene (thickeners), Dimethicone (silicone slip agent), Silica (dry finish slip agent), Picea Excelsa (Spruce) Wood Extract (anti-inflammatory agent), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Retinyl Palmitate (vitamin-based antioxidants),Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidants), Titanium Dioxide (thickener/opacifying agent), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (water-binding agent), Bentonite (absorbent), Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate (emulsifier), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Polyacrylate (film-forming/waterproofing agents), Kaolin (thickener/absorbent), Ethylhexylglycerin (water-binding agent), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol (preservatives).

DIRECTIONS: Apply liberally prior to sun or daylight and as needed after swimming and/or perspiring. Can be used over any Paula's Choice skincare product.

Detailed instructions on how/when to apply your Paula's Choice products can be found in our How to Put Together Your Own Skincare Routine article.

Is Extra Care Non-Greasy Sunscreen SPF 50 suitable for blemish-prone skin?

Although it is impossible to state with certainty that someone will not break out from a sunscreen, the texture and finish of Extra Care Non-Greasy Sunscreen SPF 50 is very unlikely to cause such problems. Oftentimes what causes breakouts from sunscreens are either the active ingredients or the ingredients used create the product's texture. Extra Care Non-Greasy Sunscreen SPF 50 contains lightweight ingredients and its active ingredients are less likely to trigger or exacerbate blemishes.

I thought Paula said sunscreens rated above SPF 30 weren't needed—SPF 30 is enough, right?

For the most part, SPF 30 is sufficient. But there are two reasons why you may want to consider a higher SPF. Many dermatologists feel that a higher SPF is necessary because most people don't apply sunscreen liberally, and when there is a higher concentration of sunscreen active ingredients (as would be the case in a sunscreen with a higher SPF number) you would be getting better protection even if you didn't apply it liberally. The other reason to consider a higher SPF is if you want to stay in the sun for even longer periods of time and have very fair to light skin color.

Although Paula has spoken out against the fact that other companies offer sunscreens with oftentimes ridiculously high SPF ratings (such as SPF 70 or 100), the issue has always been that such products tend to give consumers a false sense of security. They erroneously believe that a higher SPF only needs to be applied once as they spend the day in the sun. That is not the case for any sunscreen number. A sunscreen rated SPF 30 or above provides longer but not better protection. That means you can stay in the sun longer before your skin shows signs of turning color, but does not negate the need to reapply every two hours after periods of swimming, perspiring, or toweling off. We suggest our Extra Care Non-Greasy Sunscreen SPF 50 for those who will be spending several hours outdoors and/or engaging in water-based activities. Liberal application and routine re-application is necessary in order to maintain the high level of sun protection.

How come this sunscreen's SPF rating changed from SPF 45 to SPF 50? Did the formula change, too?

Rest assured, the formula for Extra Care Non-Greasy Sunscreen remains the same. Its SPF rating was revealed to be higher than before due to more refined SPF testing. This recent SPF testing was done to comply with new FDA regulations on sunscreen products. We're thrilled that this sunscreen not only passed the rigorous testing but emerged with an even higher SPF rating.

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