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The Best Drugstore Sunscreen

Neutrogena Sunblock 2
Neutrogena Sunblock 1
Neutrogena Sunblock 2
Neutrogena Sunblock 1
Neutrogena Sunblock 2
Neutrogena Sunblock 1

For most of my life, I've been the palest person in the room. I've been in friendly arguments about my paleness with fair-complexioned pals who argue that they are more Casper-ly than I. Look, I have some natural color, but it’s red, not a nice shade of beige, and it's because my blood shows through my translucent skin. As such, I've had to bite the bullet and finally take the advice of one Dr. Sexter (the best pediatrician in DC!), and add some SPF to my daily routine.

In the last few years, I've tried several different facial sunscreens, ranging from drugstore brands to ones recommended or prescribed to me by a dermatologist. But it wasn't until I found Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock that I really found a winner. There is talk about how, past SPF 45, the protection-level number on sunscreen bottles amounts to marketing bullshit (see WebMD). Fully acknowledging this, I still buy into what they're selling; it can’t hurt to buy the highest SPF available, which seems to be SPF 100+.

And here's what I can tell you: there have been no sunburn sightings since I started slathering 100+ on my face and body! Huzzah! The cream's lightweight and—as the name notes—super dry feel allows it to go virtually undetected in my makeup-application process. No white sheen on your face, no wretched sunblock smell, no worry that it will slowly melt off your skin and find its way into your eyes. Offer me a $200 alternative and all I’ll say to you is, “No, thank you!” Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock, I am yours.

—Elizabeth Brockway

Photos by Elizabeth Brockway.

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