OR - Neutrogena Fresh Cooling Body Mist - Sheila M
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NEUTROGENA FRESH COOLING BODY MIST SUNBLOCK
Date: July 7, 2007
Name: Sheila Morrissey
Height: 5' 8" (1.7 m)
Weight: 150 lb (68 kg)
Email address: geosheila(at)yahoo(dot)com
City, State, Country: Goleta, California, USA
I enjoy hiking and backpacking in the Sierra Nevada and Los Padres National Forest with
friends and my dog, Patch. My pack is usually around 25 lb (11 kg), including
consumables. I wear sunscreen every day, both at home and on the trail, and I reapply
frequently to protect my fair skin.
Manufacturer: Neutrogena Corporation
Manufacturer's Website: http://www.neutrogena.com
Listed Fluid Weight: 5 fl oz (142 g)
Listed Net Weight: 5.5 oz (156 g)
Measured Net Weight: 4 oz (113 g), after a couple months' use from this canister
SFP: 45 (also available in 30)
Neutrogena Fresh Cooling Body Mist Sunblock is a spray-on sunblock that doesn't need to
be rubbed in, unlike regular lotion sunblocks and some other spray-on sunblocks that I
have tried. It is waterproof, sweatproof, PABA free, non-comedogenic, and has both UVA
and UVB protection. (I learned this good mnemonic from the packaging on one of my
Neutrogena sunblock products that helps me remember which light is causing which
skincare problem: UVA is for Aging and UVB is for Burning.)
FIELD USE CONDITIONS
I have used the Neutrogena Fresh Cooling Body Mist Sunblock while working outdoors,
dayhiking, backpacking, biking and canoeing. I have used it on cloudy to sunny days with
temperatures ranging from 55 to 95 F (13 to 35 C), and at altitudes from sea level to
11,000 ft (3,350 m).
FIELD USE RESULTS
At home or on the trail, I start my day by putting on a lotion sunblock. I really dislike
wearing lotion, but I need the sun protection. I first tried the Neutrogena Fresh Cooling
Body Mist Sunblock hoping I would like the feeling of it enough to replace my daily lotion
sunblock. The Mist sunblock is just greasy enough that I prefer my lotion sunblock for
Though I don't wear the Mist sunblock every day, I do use it sometimes as an easy
reapplication on days when I'm out in the sun for a long time. In the photo below, I was
out working in the hot Florida sun all day long. I had on a lotion sunblock, plus two or
three applications of the Mist sunblock that I had put on during the course of the day. The
result was a very shiny, greasy mess and not a bit of sunburn.
The Mist sunblock is marketed as a "cooling body mist" and it does feel cool while
spraying it on, but it's not a good enough feeling that I would put on more sunblock just
to feel the cool mist, even on a really hot day. The main reason why I use it for sunblock
reapplication is that it doesn't need to be rubbed in. Normally when I use a lotion
sunblock, I wash my hands immediately after because I can't stand the feeling of lotion on
my hands. When I'm out in the field and won't be able to wash my hands, the Mist
sunblock is a good alternative for my sunblock reapplication.
This sunblock works as well as any other SPF 45 sunblock I have used by Neutrogena when
I apply it correctly. The problem is that by not actually rubbing in the sunblock, I can't feel
exactly where I put it on and I occasionally miss a spot (earlier this summer I missed the
backs of my arms and between my shoulder blades). I have therefore decided that in the
future I will only use this sunblock for reapplication either when I have someone else spray
it on my back and the backs of my arms, and/or when I really need to keep my hands
sunblock-free. Examples of this are while working (I don't like bottles getting oily, it
makes them difficult to hold onto) or while outrigger canoeing (I need a firm grip on the
Regular lotion sunblock is now my sunblock of choice for backpacking, even though I
don't like the feeling of it on my hands and I can't easily wash my hands every time I
reapply. The Mist sunblock is easy to use, but I'm fearful that I'll miss a spot, particularly
when it's the only sunblock that I carry. Also, by carrying only a lotion sunblock, I can
bring a small amount in a resealable container rather than carrying an entire bottle of
sunblock. I usually just bring the whole bottle anyway, but taking just a small portion isn't
an option with the Neutrogena Fresh Cooling Body Mist Sunblock spray canister.
High SPF, both UVA and UVB protection
Easily sprays on and doesn't need to be rubbed in
Feels cool while spraying it on
I sometimes miss a spot
Must bring the entire canister
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