Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Neutrogena Triple Protect Face Lotion for Men SPF 20 - Moisturizes and Protects Well

After using Neutrogena Men Age Fighter Face Moisturizer SPF 15 for a while, I wanted to get something cheaper and with higher sun protection factor even if it is not as "age-fighting". I bought the Neutrogena Triple Protect Face Lotion for Men SPF 20 since it has more sun protection and is significantly cheaper while still providing moisturizing action.

Packaging

The Neutrogena Triple Protect Face Lotion for Men SPF 20 comes in an attractive plastic tube of the same black design as the other "Neutrogena for men" cosmetics. The tube is not round but flat (elliptical in cross-section) but is still stable when placed vertically. It is easy to squeeze the lotion out of the tube and the amount that comes out is rather easy to apply precisely to the face and neck, meaning it is not as much as what you normally get from dedicated sun block tubes.

Performance

The consistency of the lotion is more gooey and more greasy than that of the Neutrogena Men Age Fighter Face Moisturizer SPF 15, but that is understandable since the SPF is higher and you want it to stay on your face in case you sweat (think sports or other physical activity).

The lotion seems to protect my face and neck well. I use it when I go running and I don't get much if any tan or sunburn. SPF 20 is adequate for these activities and the moisturizing action is an added benefit. When applied to skin exposed to dry air (either at home or in the office, where AC makes air drier than what would be ideal for skin), my face and neck get softer and the dryness is gone.

When I go cycling however, I use SPF 70 sun block, because after 1-2 hours of exposure to direct sunlight in California, SPF 20 wouldn't do me any good.

Pros: Good sun protection, moisturizes well, low price, less greasy than dedicated sun block
Cons: More greasy than Neutrogena Age Fighter SPF 15

Bottom Line

The Neutrogena Triple Protect Face Lotion for Men SPF 20 is an excellent moisturizer and it protects from moderate sun exposure very well. If you have to be exposed to sun all day long or if the sun intensity is extreme, you might need something stronger. On the other hand, if you can get away with a slightly lower SPF factor (SPF 15), Neutrogena Men Age Fighter Face Moisturizer SPF 15 will provide better moisturizing action, smoother skin and better ease of application (it is less gooey or greasy).

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