Why the Neutrogena Oil Free Moisturiser did not work for me.

neutrogena oil free moisturizer review
Ever since I started a skincare regimen for my oily skin, the biggest challenge has been finding the perfect moisturizer. Without a moisturizer, my skin becomes greasy and shiny within an hour of washing my face. So over the years, I have read several blogs in hopes of finding a product that will keep my face matte and is affordable too. And almost every blog listed the Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturizer SPF 15 as the best moisturizer so I decided to finally give it a try.
Product claims:
Proven to combine long-lasting 12-hour moisturization with sun protection for softer, smoother, younger-looking skin. Lightweight, non-greasy lotion keeps skin moisturized and sheer formula absorbs quickly into skin leaving it softer and smoother.
  • Won’t clog pores
  • Alcohol-free
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Fragrance-free
Price: Rs 399 for 115ml( For oily skin variant)
Shelf life: 2 years
Availability: Online and Offline. Buy here
neutrogena oil free moisturizer review
About the product:
It comes in a white opaque pump bottle with locking mechanism making it easy and safe for travel. The product itself is white in colour and lightweight and easy to blend. A pea-sized amount covers the entire face and neck area.
Ingredients:
Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Glycerin, Benzophenone-3, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Triethanolamine, Diazolidinyl Urea, Carbomer, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben
neutrogena oil free moisturizer review
My experience using Neutrogena oil-free moisturizer:
When I bought this, I thought it would help keep my face non-greasy yet hydrate it efficiently. After all, Neutrogena products are much raved about for acne-prone skin. But to my dismay, it made my skin super greasy. Even after 15-20 minutes of application, it felt sticky so I had to splash my face with water to take away some of the greasiness. I thought I probably used excess product and so the second time, I used a tiny amount yet it felt sticky.
Also when my hand slightly touched my eyes, it stung badly. I continued using it for a week and had to make sure I washed my hands with soap immediately after using it or it would sting badly. Yet there was no change and my skin become super oily within an hour post application.
neutrogena oil free moisturiser review
neutrogena oil free moisturizer review
I did not give up though and decided to use this during winters when my otherwise super-oily skin turns dry. This time around it did not make my skin oily but it did leave a shiny finish. But still there was the problem of stinging my eye every time so I gave up and got ready to find another moisturizer to do the job.
Pros:
  • Has SPF 15
  • Easy availability
  • Affordable and lasts long
  • Didn’t break me out
  • Can be used by acne-prone skin in winters
  • No added fragrance
Cons:
  • Leaves skin greasy
  • The face becomes oily within 30 minutes
  • Loaded with toxic chemicals
  • Does not control shine
  • Stings my eyes

Also Read- 10 Must-have products for oily skin in summers. 

Final thoughts:
If you read my previous article, the Neutrogena oil-free moisturizer has parabens and tons of other chemicals hence I decided to discontinue it. I won’t recommend this product to anyone. Let me know if this moisturizer worked for you in the comments below. Until then, my search for the perfect moisturizer continues.

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