Neutrogena SHEER ZINC Dry Touch Sunscreen SPF50+ PA+++ (For Sensitive Skin) Review

May 29, 2019

Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Dry Touch Sunscreen SPF50+ PA+++
Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Dry Touch Sunscreen SPF50+ PA+++ Review

Imagine this: You are at the airport when you realize that though you are headed for Goa, you have not packed proper sunscreen. (Though it is February, you can never have too much sunscreen in Goa. Can you?) 

I made a beeline to the pharmacy to find something nice and lo and behold - a sunscreen with zinc - Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF50+ and PA+++. Zinc oxide soothes skin and can be found in diaper rash creams. This is the sensitive skin variant for the very famous Neutrogena Dry Touch sunscreen

In this trip, I was out in the sun for lesser than usual but zero sunburns and very less tanning thanks for this. Is this sunscreen apt for you? Read on.

Price: ₹825 for 80ml. This is the made in Korea variant. I think there is also another made in the USA variant, which cost more in India. 

Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Dry Touch Sunscreen SPF50+ PA+++ Ingredients Korea (For Sensitive Skin) Review
Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Dry Touch Sunscreen SPF50+ PA+++ Ingredients  (Made in Korea) (For Sensitive Skin) Review

Ingredients: The ingredient list for the made in Korea and made in the USA is different. While Zinc oxide is the second ingredient in the Korea one, it is far down the list in the USA variant though it boasts to have around 21% Zinc Oxide. I could not find the ingredient list for the one I have online. Maybe this is the new formula. The sunscreen I have was manufactured in November 2018. 

Water, Zinc Oxide, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicode, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Dipropylene Glycol Dibenzoate, Glycerin, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Silica, Cetyl Dimethicone, Triethoxycarprlylsilane, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether Benzoate, Chlorphenesin, Glyceryl Behenate, Phenethyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) extract. 

It is free from Oxybenzone. (Why you should say no to Oxybenzone

Neutrogena SheerZinc Dry Touch Sunscreen Review
Neutrogena SheerZinc Dry Touch Sunscreen Review

Texture: This is a physical sunscreen so, I was expecting white cast. However, it blends well and leaves behind just a sheer sweat-proof layer. It dries up quick so, the key here is to take a small amount and apply on area of skin at a time. 

Please do not get over-ambitious and cover more parts of your body in one go. Also, do not apply in the blind. Check mirrors after you apply. It may not be very kind after it dried up. 

It dries to a non-greasy finish (The formula is oil free). In addition, it is very lightweight and feels like nothing. 

I am happy with the texture. 

It blends well even though it is oil free because it has silicones. If you are not used to silicones then this might not be for you. Unfortunately, I am yet find a decent sunscreen without dimethicone so, I am continuing the use over my rosehip seed oil when it comes to face. The rosehip seed oil even makes the blending easier. I do not use face makeup so, cannot comment how it works for makeup. 

Neutrogena SheerZinc Dry Touch Sunscreen Review
Neutrogena SheerZinc Dry Touch Sunscreen Review

Efficacy: Soothes skin and prevents tanning. It worked in Goa and I do not think I need to say more. 

Overall: Neutrogena SheerZinc is a great sunscreen if you are in the sun for long, have sensitive skin prone to sun burns, and good even for swimming (do reapply!). It might not be the perfect one for everyday use because it demands some time. I am lazy and I will go back for my other favorites for everyday the ones with thinner texture (like Innisfree or The Body Shop) and reserve this for travel or day outings. 


PS: Any other interesting sunscreen that I should try? I have never tried one in spray form and just got one. Super excited to try that. But, I am travelling this weekend so, need to decide between that one and this one. 

PPS: There are zillion articles forwarded about sunscreens giving you cancer. If you have a moment, please read the article that I published yesterday. Link. 


  1. Love the review Shayoni :) I am guessing this sunscreen won't be suitable for dry skin unless and until I moisturise & hydrate the skin well?

    1. Thanks for the lovely words, Madhur. I think blending can be tough on dry skin. My hands and legs are dry. In my opinion, take a small amount and spread it. But for face, it might be difficult. You can try the chemical ones like The Body Shop and Innisfree. I have linked them in the post.

    2. Thanks Shayoni for the info :) yeah I guess will go for the Innisfree sunscreen and buy this Neutrogena sunscreen during monsoon when my face is really oily. :)

    3. Happy to help :)
      Do you get email notifications when I reply? I have changed few things here so want to be sure.

  2. I checked but didn't got the notification. Probably issue is at my end with some setting. I never get any notifications apart from Facebook.


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