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Great for Dry Skin!
on February 5, 2014
Elta MD UV Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 45 - 7 oz.: The label on this sunscreen says it is for "Oily to Normal Skin." Thanks to a review by Paul Begoun (Beautypedia, Cosmetics Cop, Paula's Choice) in which she states that it is better for dry skin than oily skin - I gave it a try. I absolutely love it for my slightly dry skin. It is moisturizing, light, fragrance-free and gives a slightly dewy look, but not shiny - and I don't feel the need to put any powder over it. I see this working for Normal to Dry Skin. I don't see it working for Oily Skin.
I was using the Elta MD Clear SPF 46 on my face before trying this one. I would compare the two in this way: The "Clear" is far more expensive, feels a bit heavier on the skin with a very slight tackiness to it, is more drying and even though both are fragrance-free, the "Clear" has a bit more of an odor to it. The "Clear" is a great product, and would be especially good for oily skin I think, but for me, the SPF 45 wins hands down in every way!
I was using the Elta MD UV Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30 on my body before trying this one. The SPF 30 is wonderful, but I am now using the SPF 45 on both my face and body. The SPF 30 is lighter, almost refreshing, and feels just wonderful. But the SPF 45 feels really good too, is a bit more moisturizing - and I like the higher SPF and the simplicity of using one product on both face and body.
I should add that none of these products have given me any kind of a white cast. I have very light - but not truly fair - skin. I am a sunscreen junkie and have been all over the map with trying out different sunscreens for years - and Elta MD is the best I have found so far. It is hard for me to imagine any improvement on Elta MD UV Shield SPF 45. And Paula Begoun's Beautypedia reviews have been my bible for years. Just like I don't buy an appliance without checking it out first with Consumers Reports, I don't buy a beauty product without checking it out first on Beautypedia.com. I have saved a lot of money and avoided many disappointments by referring to Beautypedia first.