BrandBacker Review: NeoStrata Sheer Hydration SPF 35

Firming? Check.
Moisturizing? Check.
Sun protection? Check.

Brand
NeoStrata is an innovative brand known for its breakthrough towards firming and retexturing skin. NeoStrata is sold in physician’s offices, but more conveniently, it can be purchased online: Neostrata Sheer Hydrator. This particular product costs $48 but I think it’s worth the splurge. Here’s why…

Product Information

– Broad spectrum sunscreen protects skin from burning and further sun damage
– Evens skin tone and improve skin firmness
– Formulated with patented NeoGlucosamine® which is clinically proven to help diminish the appearance of dark spots
– Phytotal®, a botanical blend, helps control and reduce oiliness without irritation
– Oil-free
– Fragrance-free
– Non-comedogenic/non-acnegenic

First Impression
I was curious to try NeoStrata and this is my first time doing so! I’m happy to get the opportunity to try it for free through BrandBacker. The packaging is simple and easy to open. It gives a breakdown of the ingredients used and is easy to understand.

What first caught my eye is its firming properties. I believe that we should celebrate beauty in all ages but I also believe in doing what I can now to minimize the effects of time in the long run. I think it’s good to be proactive and start your skincare routine sooner rather than later.

Personal Background
I started law school weeks after turning 21 years old, and that’s when I noticed that my metabolism decreased. “Freshman 15” easily doubled. I had to make more of an effort to be physically active while having enough time to manage my school (and work) load. Those few years through law school and passing the bar felt like an eternity, and it aged me both internally and externally. I transitioned to a full-time career afterwards, and it was even harder to feel youthful.

Fast forward years later, and I have taken a huge interest in finding amazing products that are anti-aging and alleviates my skin concerns. For reference, I have oily-combination skin which doesn’t make finding such products any easier. So let’s get on with it.

When to Wear
As with most products containing sunscreen, it’s recommended to use this during the day for UVA/UVB protection. This moisturizer has SPF 35 so it meets the recommended SPF amount, plus a little bit more.

It is perfect to use on a hot beach day or even an end-of-summer BBQ, now that back-to-school season is starting up again. It’s a lightweight formula so it’s good to be used daily if needed.

How to Use
Apply liberally to face and neck daily, 15 minutes before sun exposure. Use a water-resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweating. Reapply at least every 2 hours.

Results
I have only used it for a few days so far but my skin tone does noticeably look better. I think it works with my skin type too. I love that it does not leave a white residue unlike alternatives. It is hydrating, the smell is not as strong, and the formula is not as heavy compared to other moisturizers with SPF protection. Best of all, it is lightweight enough for me to use under my makeup! I have yet to find a similar product that does the same.

Final Thoughts
I am definitely going to continue to use it. This product has exceeded my expectations of the NeoStrata brand and I would love to check out more of their products.

No matter what age you are and your skin concern (dark spots, oiliness, etc.), this product seems to offer a little something to accommodate everyone. Would recommend checking it out.

Disclaimer: I tried Neostrata Sheer Hydrator free through BrandBacker for testing purposes and for my honest review.

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09/06/17 UPDATE: The words “firming” and “retexturing” were substituted in to fight against stereotypical views of aging, especially within the skincare industry.

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