Finally, an SPF that does it all – and doesn’t feel like SPF!
Sitting in my office at 4PM on a Friday, I’m struck at the remarkable power of the sun. Even sitting at my desk I’m not fully protected from those harmful rays, so I try to be careful with my sunscreen regimen but it’s so easy to “forget”.
Too many otherwise great sunscreens oxidize, leave a strange film on my skin, don’t moisturize enough or feel heavy on my face. To find one that hits all the right notes is great, but to find one that can protect and is downright fantastic? Hello Neova!
Neova is a pioneer in smart sunscreens. Not only do their products offer a physical sun block but with the DNA Damage Control line you also get “significantly improved appearance of photoaged skin.”
First in the line is Neova DNA Damage Control EVERYDAY in SPF 44 ($39). Protecting from both UVA and UVB rays, it also offers hyper antioxidant defense and light-activated enzymes to counteract common signs of sun damage.
The scent is just what you would expect, classic sunscreen, but that’s where the ordinary expectations end. Once applied Neova Everyday dries to a smooth, matte finish without a hint of tackiness. It’s gentle enough that even when applied very closely to my eyes there is no sting. (Okay, at the risk of looking like an idiot, I did accidentally get a glob of it in my eyes. No sting and easily wiped out!)
By the end of the day my skin looks just as fresh as it did the first thing in the morning. And the formula felt light and comfortable all day. The only downside is it’s not as moisturizing as I would like, so I like to apply it after a very light coat of another moisturizer.
Next up is Neova DNA Damage Control ACTIVE in SPF 43 ($46). Just like Everyday it boasts a physical sunscreen as well as a photodamage reversing cocktail, but Active is also water resistant! Perfect for those days when you’re expecting to spend some time poolside or working hard.
The formula and finish are very similar to Everyday, but I found that it was a little less matte when dry. If I’m going to be in the water I tend to care less, but if I’m going to be around a lot of people I swipe on a little bit of powder to tamp down the shine a bit.
So what about that photodamage reversal? Well, I’ve been using both the Everyday and Active formulas for a little over a month now and I do see some lessening of my freckles! My nose has a light smattering of freckles that now are less noticeable. I’m pleasantly surprised to have such obvious results so quickly!
• Gentle enough to be used around the eyes
• Matte finish
• Real reversal of photoaging!
• Sunscreen smell (I’m neutral on the smell, but I know some folks hate it.)
• Not incredibly moisturizing
Readers – do you follow recommendations for wearing sunscreen? Could Neova’s promises of better skin help push you to the Smart Sunscreen side?
Amanda loves all things yummy, shiny, beautiful, and fun. On any given day you’ll find her in the kitchen, walking her dogs, or catching a concert with friends.
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