Frugal Friday with Neutrogena Sunscreens + a Giveaway!



May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month so I thought these great Neutrogena products would be a good fit for Frugal Friday. Because I want to help bring awareness, I feel compelled to share with you my story. I grew in Southern California during the “baby oil days”, I’m pretty fair and I’ve had my share of bad sunburns–once even a blistering one. Add to that the fact that I lived in Arizona for 10 years and then after moving back to the sunless Pacific Northwest, I was known as an occasional user of tanning beds.

Now that I’m older and wiser, I stay out of the sun when possible and/or use a high SPF sunscreen. I should be a prime example of What Not To Do. My body is covered in what used to be freckles and have now turned into brown blobs. Vanity aside, I have also had 5 basal cell carcinomas in the past few years. They have all been pre-cancerous but I still have had to endure the burn and scrape curettage method of prevention and that has left scars–especially on my delicate decolletage. I am now a HUGE proponent of self-tanners and I get a skin check every 6 months. I check myself more often and really watch for pink spots that get flakey and don’t heal or irregular moles and I want YOU to do the same!  Whether you’re at the beach or just sitting near a window in your office, applying sunscreen regularly is vital to maintaining healthy skin, and it can actually save your life. Okay enough preaching!

Not all broad spectrum sunscreens offer the same protection benefits. NEUTROGENA® sunscreens with HELIOPLEX® Technology meet and exceed the FDA standards to provide superior broad spectrum protection with the ideal balance of UVA and UVB protection to match the sun’s damage profile. And the best part? Any Neutrogena product with SPF purchased this May-July, Neutrogena will donate one to a family in need, up to $10 million in retail value.* Every child deserves protection from the sun’s harmful rays. Join us as we continue to fight this preventable disease.


I prefer Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch ($11.49) . At an SPF of 100, it has the highest combined UVA/UVB protection available.  Reasons why I love this:

  • It’s a dry spray!!!
  • Non-greasy–that’s what I always detested about sunscreens!
  • No white cast–I’m fair so this may not be the case for darker skin tones
  • Oil and PABA free
  • Water resistant–still remember to reapply!
  • Fresh scent

As I’ve aged my skin is more sensitive to the sun. If I am caught unexpectedly and not wearing sunscreen with no shade, I will get a heat rash, which are small itchy red bumps whenever my skin was exposed to the sun. My doctor told me my skin holds in heat longer than most people and Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch helps keep me bump free!


If an SPF of 100 is too much for you, then I suggest Neutrogena Beach Defense 30 SPF ($9.49).  It’s lightweight, oil-free and PABA free and yes, it’s a spray!


For the precious ones in your life, Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids ($11.49). Wow, do I ever wish I had this when my daughter was a toddler and we lived in Arizona! We were in the pool a lot and keeping sunscreen on her was a challenge. Specially formulated with an SPF of 70+, it instantly cuts through water, creating a broad spectrum protective barrier with every application. When most sunscreens are applied to wet skin, they will turn white and slide off, but this one claims to stay put.


Each of us should be wearing a good sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher on our faces EVERY SINGLE day. Neutrogena Clear Face ($10.49) has broad spectrum protection of 30 and is lightweight so as not to clog pores. Perfect for face, this liquid-lotion has a water-light texture that leaves a weightless, matte finish so skin can breathe and is breakout proof.

Bottom Line:  These are only a few of the options in the Neutrogena Sun Care line. There are also sunscreens for baby, for sports enthusiasts and an oil-free moisture lotion. I don’t care which sunscreen you use, just PLEASE protect yourself!

Because I don’t want you to be unprotected, I’m giving away a sunscreen bundle from Neutrogena! Leave me a comment and let me know if you wear sunscreen everyday and if so,m what # SPF. For extra entries, you can also do the tasks listed in the Rafflecopter widget

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Oh and because this is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, here are a few myths you need to know about:

MYTH: The sun doesn’t change.

“The brightness of the sun has increased, while the ozone layer has been depleted. Climate change has led to warmer temperatures, which means Spring comes earlier and Fall lasts longer, and people are outside more.  Due to the combination of these environmental and lifestyle changes, current risk of UV is higher than it’s been ever before.” – Dr. Drew Shindell, Scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

MYTH: 50 minutes a day is essential for vitamin D.

“Incidental sun exposure is plenty for most people. If you think you are vitamin D deficient, get a blood test. There are fat-soluble vitamins available, which you do not need to take every day. Thus, vitamin D is not an excuse to get a tan and certainly not an excuse to go to a tanning bed.” – Dr. Doris Day, NYC-based Dermatologist

MYTH: You need a base tan before vacation.

“Does anybody still believe this? There’s no such thing as a base tan, it’s just one more excuse to have a tan. If you don’t want to get sunburn on vacation, use your sun protection and be sun smart.” – Dr. Doris Day I fell victim to this way of thinking and started using tanning beds before a vacation–BAD IDEA!

MYTH: You have most of your sun by the age of 18, and it doesn’t matter what you do after.

“No matter your age or how much exposure you’ve had, every exposure you get at any age is cumulative and damaging to the skin. Your skin has the ability to repair no matter how old you are. If you start today just by using sunscreen alone, all of those other expensive products that we are spending so much money on will work so much better. It is never too late to start protecting your skin.” – Dr. Doris Day

Have fun in the sun but be safe!

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  1. angela m says

    No I don’t use sunscreen everyday, 30 or higher

  2. stephanie kiggins says

    Everyday for me! I need usually 40-50 since I have red hair and freckles

  3. Hollie H says

    I always use at least spf30 on my face daily. I feel naked without it

  4. SPF 30 on my face and now that its summer, SPF 45 on my body everyday!

  5. Seana Landeros says

    Also, wear sunglasses! Been wearing since a girl and have NO crows feet, yet lol, and I’m 57.

  6. Seana Landeros says

    Also, wear sunglasses! Been wearing since a girl and have NO crows feet, yet lol, and I’m 57.
    I wear at least 30 SPF ALL the time in deep South Texas.

  7. I don’t use SPF everyday 🙁 well except what is in my facial moisturizer which is 30SPF. I should bump it up even more! I wish body butters came with SPF too. I always forget to put my sunscreen on before my moisturizer.

  8. Colleen Boudreau says

    No I don’t.

  9. I use at least SPF 15 daily – I tend to wear SPF 30 or higher during the summer though.

  10. Katherine says

    I wear SPF15 on my face everyday (it’s in my moisturizer).

  11. Tamara B. says

    SPF 40 and my foundation has 15 SPF in it too.

  12. Madeline says

    I wear 15 SPF every day on my face. I should probably wear a higher SPF!

  13. I use 25spf on my face every day

  14. Sharon Rooney says

    I use SPF 15 everyday

  15. amy pugmire says

    yes I use 50-70spf

  16. Everyday! SPF 50 at least. I have had Basel cell on my face so I am now much more careful.

  17. My daily sunscreen is SPF 15 but I use higher all over when I’m in the sun, outside in the summer or on vacation. I took SPF 50 with me to Italy recently.

  18. It’s still very wintry here, so I haven’t had to use sun protection a lot. Great post though, it’s so important to protect your skin against the sun!

  19. Wild Orchid says

    I use 30 SPF if I am planning to be outside.

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  20. I wear SPF 15 on my face everyday (from my facial mositurizer), but on days where I wear makeup, it’s SPF 30 because I wear a Bb cream as foundation. Thanks for this post, by the way!

  21. Jennifer P says

    Yes, I do wear sunscreen every day. My dr. said I must use 30 or more for spf.

  22. I wear 45 on my face each day, and I wear 30 on my arms and neck each day.

  23. kimber michelle says

    I know i should, but at a min my facial moisturizer is 15

  24. deb cohen says

    most definite spf 30 i am a survivor

  25. I wear sunscreen on my face & neck area everyday, 30 SPF. I’m not as good at keeping the rest of me protected if I’m just running around, though. Thank you fo rthe giveaway!

  26. i know i should use an spf everyday… but im guilty of forgetting 🙁

  27. Susan P. says

    I don’t use sunscreen every day but when I do use sunscreen, Neutrogena is one of my favs and 30 spf or higher.

  28. Not every day, but when in the sun I use 30SPF.
    Thanks, Karen
    lemontart5kb at gmail dot com

  29. yes. It depends, but mostly 50.

  30. Sad to say, I don’t use sunscreen every day, but when I do it’s at least SPF 30.

  31. Yes, SPF 15 in my makeup

  32. I use the dry-touch product and I love it. It doesn’t have that tacky feel that some sunscreens do. I can even get my husband to put this on his bald head…and he HATES putting anything on it. 🙂


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