Fave Five: The Best Neutrogena Skincare Products

by beautifulwithbrains
best neutrogena skincare products

Who said drugstore skincare sucks?

Not Neutrogena. The brand’s gone a loooong way since its humble beginnings and now offers retinol creams, AHA exfoliants and lightweight sunscreens that really help keep those pesky wrinkles at bay.

But their offering is huge. Surely, there are bound to be some duds in there? Yep. But I won’t let you get anywhere near them. 😉

So what should you get instead? Here are the best Neutrogena skincare products to check out right now:

Best For Sun Protection: Neutrogena Beach Defense Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF30 ($9.49)

Neutrogena Beach Defense Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30 provides adequate protection from both UVA and UVB rays. It’s very lightweight, sinking it quickly into the skin without leaving it a greasy mess. Its secret? Synthetic UV filters. They’re not as thick as mineral filters, which makes them a great choice for oily skin. Sensitive skin? Not so much. Oh, don’t let the name fool you. This isn’t just for the beach. Sunscreen is something you should use EVERY day.

Available at: Walmart

Related: Chemical VS Physical Sunscreen: Which One Should You Use?

Best For Acne-Prone Skin: Rapid Clear Stubborn Acne Daily Leave-On Mask ($9.39)

Neutrogena Rapid Clear Stubborn Acne Daily Leave-On Mask has a VERY misleading name. It’s NOT a leave-on mask. It’s a spot treatment with benzoyl peroxide. Put it on your pimples and it’ll shrink them down and get rid of them fast. Put it all over your face and it’ll dry it out like crazy. Use it right and you won’t have any problems with it.

Available at: iHerb and Walmart

Related: Is Benzoyl Peroxide Good Or Bad For Skin?


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Best For Oily Skin: Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser ($7.99)

Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser is one of my fave cleansers for oily skin. It’s cheap. It removes all impurities – including stubborn makeup – quickly and effortlessly. It doesn’t irritate skin. Basically, it does everything it’s supposed to do (and that’s more than you can say for most foaming cleansers on the market today).

Available at: Ulta and Walmart

Related: Are Foaming Cleansers Bad For Skin?

Best For Anti-Aging: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream, Night ($15.99)

If you’re serious about anti-aging, you need retinol. This form of vitamin A fights free radicals, boosts collagen production and speeds up cellular turnover, all things that help you prevent and treat wrinkles. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream, Night is one of the cheapest moisturisers with retinol out there – and it works. Plus, it has a generous amount of green tea, an antioxidant with soothing, anti-aging, and photoprotective properties. If you’re on a budget, it’s the retinol treatment to get.

Available at: Walmart

Related: The Complete Guide To Retinol: What It Is, What It Does & How To Use It

Best For Dry Skin: Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Hydrating Cleanser, Creamy Formula ($9.99)

I love me a good creamy cleanser, and Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Hydrating Cleanser is very gentle on the skin. So gentle it’s suitable even for sensitive skin. The trade off? It won’t remove waterproof make that well. But, it takes everything else off, so it’s good enough for me. If you have dry skin, it’s a good option to consider.

Available at: Ulta and Walmart

Related: How To Choose The Best Cleanser For Your Skin Type

What do you think are the best Neutrogena products? Share your picks in the comments below.

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8 comments

Laurie May 19, 2016 - 3:26 pm

Neutrogena is generally a very good line, and the price is certainly right. I’ve had good luck with their sunscreens and gentle cleansers, especially the products you list here. And yes, the hand cream is a classic!

Gio May 20, 2016 - 9:46 pm

Laurie, I agree. It’s rare to find a brand that makes good products at such an affordable price. 🙂

Hannah May 21, 2016 - 4:13 am

Is their sunscreen in the yellow bottle mentioned, and the other body ones they have the same stuff that they package under the name Dry Touch and Clear Skin…. (the line of face sunscreens)???

Guess what? I found out Neutrogena makes a mineral face sunscreen for sensitive skin. It’s the Pure & Free™ Liquid Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 and it’s 1.4 oz. for $12.49. Does that sound expencive for the amount you get????

Gio May 24, 2016 - 11:08 pm

Hannah, I like their sunscreens, but there are only so many products I can mention, or this post would be as long as an encyclopaedia.

And glad to know they are finally making a mineral sunscreen too. Wonder if I can find it here. Thanks for sharing.

Barbara June 7, 2016 - 10:21 am

I absolutely LOVE their hand cream!!!!! Glad to see that it made it to the flawless list. Well actually… the handcream I use didn´t make it to the list, but I can assume all their handcreams are good, right?? 🙂

Gio June 10, 2016 - 12:28 pm

Barbara, most of them are. Which one are you using?

Amy August 8, 2016 - 2:16 pm

I just discovered your blog and I absolutely love it! I especially appreciate your attention to problems women experience at all ages. As a 50 year-old I find sifting through reviews written for women in their 20’s and 30’s to be frustrating. And the information you give about specific ingredients is very helpful in comparison to those who are little more than ads for expensive brands. Brava!

Gio August 11, 2016 - 2:56 pm

Amy, thank you for your kind words. I’m so glad you find this little blog useful and I hope to see you around here often. Let me know if you ever have any questions. 🙂

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