The Neostrata Sheer Physical Protection was a firm favorite on my Thailand trip!

For me, finding a good face sunscreen is so tricky. They are either too thick in formula, too white and hence leave a film later on or just the scent is overpowering. And then, you find the right one but your eyes burn like crazy after swimming. There’s only been a handful of times that I’ve found a facial sunscreen I love so much that I’ll reach for it every day for months on end. Finding the Neostrata Sheer Physical Protection was simply amazing for me. It came along on my trip to Thailand and was basically the only facial sunscreen I used the entire trip.

Neostrata Sheer Physical Protection

The NeoStrata Sheer Physical Protection SPF 50 is an ultra sheer, physical broad spectrum sunscreen which provides protection from UV radiation and DNA damage. When I’m spending extensive time in the sun I prefer to use none less than SPF40 or 50. I also absolutely LOVE that this product contains antioxidants as well. It’s packed with potent antioxidants such as Green Tea Extract, Lactobionic Acid & Vitamin E work to neutralize free radicals and help preserve healthy DNA.

The Neostrata Sheer Physical Protection Formula is such a winner!

The formula of the Neostrata Sheer Physical Protection is what stood out to me. It is quite runny in texture, which allows it to apply quick and absorb fast as well. Because it’s thin, it doesn’t sit like a big, uncomfortable layer on the skin. Rather, it’s almost not even that noticeable. It has a mattifying effect as well, so none of that greasy business! (Don’t be alarmed when you first apply it, it looks oily but settles into a matte finish!)

If you’re big into makeup like me, this sunscreen works really well under your makeup.

Good things to know

  • Suitable for all skin types including sensitive skins.
  • Oil-free.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Non-comedogenic.
  • Non-acnegenic.
  • Dermatologist-developed.
  • Not water resistant.
Neostrata Sheer Physical Protection

A thin formula that absorbs quickly!

Core Ingredients 

Key ingredients include Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide to provide broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. These work with an antioxidant PHA/Bionic complex to help preserve and strengthen skin. Potent antioxidants Green Tea Extract, Lactobionic Acid & Vitamin E work to neutralize free radicals and help preserve healthy DNA, promoting healthy skin. Additionally, it also contains iron oxide which protects against Visible Light.


The product describes itself as having a ‘sheer tint’ which is very sheer indeed. It’s lovely under makeup but also works nicely on those ‘no-makeup’ days.

Where is the sunscreen available?

The best place to purchase Neostrata products for me personally is Dermastore. Dermastore have such a wonderful range of products and one can accumulate points with purchases as well.

The retail price of the sunscreen is usually R523 but it’s currently on special for R445 with Dermastore. So, if you’ve been wanting to make a purchase now’s the time!

Neostrata Sheer Physical Protection

Neostrata as a brand

I am thoroughly impressed with the quality of Neostrata products and think that you can rest assured when trying these products that you’re using some of the best! Did you know that the founding team of Neostrata are the original creators of the first Glycolic peel? They actually pioneered Alpha and Poly Hydroxy Acid formulations for safe at-home and in-office skin resurfacing.

There are currently two other items on my Neostrata wish list, namely the High Potency Cream as well as the Skin Active Retinol! This brand is really topnotch and I’m looking forward to experiencing more from them.


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