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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:

82 out of 100
(Based on 207 Reviews)
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  1. Yasmin
    Reviewed on Sunday, October 26, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Best sunscreen for acne
    • Very good sunscreen for those struggling with oily skin and breakouts, does not cause or worsen acne, non greasy and hydrates perfectly without feeling oily, lasts for ages and gives excellent sun protection. A must to try for those with acne that struggle to find a sunscreen that does not cause or worsen outbreaks.

  2. Yazmin K
    Reviewed on Sunday, October 26, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Best sunscreen for acne!
    • After searching a lifetime for a sunscreen for oily acne prone skin, I finally found my HG its a amazing sunscreen that works well to protect you from sun damage while not causing additional breakouts, it's a lightweight lotion that quickly sinks in, it's not matte but not greasy either! I love this sunscreen, try if traditional sunscreens cause acne.

  3. Kathi jr
    Reviewed on Sunday, October 19, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Great Product, but Packaging Has Become Frustrating
    • This is a high quality sunscreen for the price and it comes in a large enough container to last for a while (I use sunscreen on my face and many areas of my body three times a day.) However, the last two tubes have been a little frustrating. The product refuses to come out (and this happened with a brand new tube that I just opened.) I can understand where the hole needs to be small enough so that too much product doesn't come out, but this is just the opposite.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Tuesday, October 21, 2014

    Thanks for your commenrs! How unusual this is happening. We will be sure to pass this comment on to our packaging team.

    —Admin
  4. Lisa
    Reviewed on Saturday, October 11, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love this sunscreen!
    • When I saw this was on sale for only $8 (for 5 oz!), I decided to give this a try! So glad that I did! This is going to be my new go-to body sunscreen! I have sensitive combination skin so I currently use Hydralight SPF on my face/neck, and now am using this one for other exposed skin (ie. chest, arms, hands). I love that it's SPF 50, water resistant, has antioxidants, is recommended by the skin cancer foundation, & has nice lightweight moisture without being heavy or greasy at all. LOVE it! :-)

  5. Kristen P.
    Reviewed on Monday, October 06, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    My favorite high spf sunscreen!
    • I use this everyday on my arms and chest. I find it true to it's name and non-greasy. And I love that it has antioxidants. I also use this on my face before I workout (except around the eyes, I use a physical sunscreen there because this stuff stings my eyes).

  6. Amy O.
    Reviewed on Monday, September 29, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    I love this!`
    • I'm really surprised by the negative reviews I've read here. I was pleasantly surprised by this sunscreen. I use it under makeup and find that it's lightweight, absorbs quickly, and wears well under makeup. I will say that my skin tends to be pretty dry so maybe that's why it absorbs this lotion so well, but I love this and am buying more today :)

  7. Robert D.
    Reviewed on Saturday, September 27, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Great sunscreen, but...
    • It really burns when putting it on my face and neck. I'm usually not this sensitive to stuff, and can put up with a lot, but whew. I'm going to try the liquid spf next from Paula. Great that it was only $8, just use it as a body spf, and for the arms daily. I am curious though, if maybe retinols and retinoids may have a factor in who feels the stinging or not...

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, October 06, 2014

    Thanks for your review! Yes, for some people who use retinoids or over-the-counter retinol products, their action on skin can make skin more sensitive to sunscreen actives. It's an individual response, but it can happen. You may want to try using a mineral (titanium dioxide or zinc oxide)-based sunscreen on your face instead.

    —Admin
  8. Tina S.
    Reviewed on Friday, September 26, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Great everyday sunscreen for body.
    • Light-weight and rubs in easily. Slightly tacky at first, but much better than any other sunscreen I've ever tried with this high an SPF. Once the tackiness wears off, this lotion actually makes my skin softer and improves its texture.

  9. Christina M.
    Reviewed on Thursday, September 18, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Excellent High SPF, Water-Resistant Sunscreen for Face and Body!
    • This is the best high SPF, water-resistant sunscreen I have found so far that I can use on my face. It does sting sensitive areas a little (eyelids, acne spots), but my skin got used to it after a few days of use. The finish is a little shiny, but it is probably the least shiny SPF 50 sunscreen you're going to find. It stays put even when I sweat and it doesn't run into my eyes. It absorbs nicely, leaving the skin smooth and soft - not greasy or sticky. It has not caused any acne. Thanks PC!

  10. LPS
    Reviewed on Sunday, September 14, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Least fav. sunscreen
    • I bought this for the higher spf than the resist. I love layering spf and usually don't mind/overlook flaws when it comes to sunscreens, but this one was hard to overlook.First it advertises it's not greasy, but that is so not the case here. I have super dry skin & it was still too greasy for my face and I only used a little. I tried it w/out layering as well. It also STINGS like crazy!! None of Paulas resist or moisture boost w/spf sting my eyes and I slather it on ALL over the EYES!

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, September 15, 2014

    Thanks for your review! Please contact us to arrange for a refund or exchange. Also, note that this sunscreen is not recommended for use all around the eyes. It may be applied to the face, but its higher concentration of active ingredients can be a problem if they get in the eyes, as is true of any sunscreen with these actives.
     

    —Admin
  11. Kailey H
    Reviewed on Monday, September 01, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Maybe my expectations were too high
    • I love so many of Paula's products, but the Extra Care Non-Greasy SPF 50 Sunscreen was a serious disappointment. I have combination/ oily, acne-prone skin, and I was looking for a high-quality sunscreen. Unfortunately, the texture was runny and sticky, wouldn't rub into skin if I used the recommended amount, and was extremely irritating around my eyes. It just feels inelegant considering the cost, and not what I'd expect from PC. I'll finish it because it's expensive, but I wouldn't buy it again, eh.

  12. ItsAllGood
    Reviewed on Sunday, August 31, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    I love Paula's Choice, but.....
    • I hate to say this but this doesn't work for me, I ordered three of them, I wanted something for rosacea affected oily facial skin, I called and they said this would work and they were right. It works great with my Rosacea oily skin BUT it tends to flake, it seems to go on well, which I love but then when I go check my face, I have white flecks in my eye brows? I was think I need to exfoliate more or something, so I am sure to use my 2% BHA lotion beforehand and it still flakes?

  13. Pam W.
    Reviewed on Saturday, August 30, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    I Want To Love It, But I Can't
    • I love so many other products made by Paula's Choice, and I really wanted sun protection with SPF 50 for those days when I get a lot of sun exposure. But for some reason, this sunscreen gave my skin a burning sensation that was really unpleasant. It also made my skin feel very greasy and look shiny, which is what I was trying to avoid. Overall, I was disappointed because this was not what I was looking for.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Wednesday, September 03, 2014

    Thanks for your review! We're sorry this didn't work well for you. Please contact us to discuss a refund or exchange. We want to ensure you're always happy with your Paula's Choice products!

    —Admin
  14. Kate J.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, August 19, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    All good except..
    • I owned two of these. The packaging overall is flimsy. Also, the cap tends to open easily, although I'd like to carry this around in my purse. My suggestion is, change the cap to twist-open and use a less bendable material for the bottle.

  15. 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.

  16. Claudia M.
    Reviewed on Sunday, August 17, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Extra Greasy
    • I really wanted to like this sunscreen because it sounds so promising. In the hot summer months I only use toner and serum after cleansing, then I slap on the SPF. While it works great for the neck down, this sun screen turned my face into a grease ball. I love the texture and tint of the Resist Super-Light Daily Defense SPF 30, but I cannot use that during the summer months as it is not water resistant and once I start melting so does the SPF.

  17. 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!

  18. david c.
    Reviewed on Saturday, August 16, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    not too shabby
    • Living in Texas with VERY fair skin, a high SPF is a must. I've been using this on my face and I think it does a good job. It doesn't sweat off to easily (Dallas + August = constant sweat) nor is it greasy or heavy. The only Con is it burns a little when you first put it on.

  19. 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
  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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
  24. 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.

  25. 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+++!!!!

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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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