Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 with Helioplex - Review

Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 with Helioplex - Review

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 Sara Hassan , 19 Comments

Sun protection is a MUST and having a good sun screen/sun block is an absolute necessity. Do I find this product any good? Read more to find that out.

Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 30
Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 with Helioplex®, an advanced patented sunscreen complex, provides superior anti-aging sun protection plus moisturization in a lightweight, non-greasy formula with Vitamin E that absorbs quickly, keeping skin hydrated all day and helping to prevent future environmental sun damage that may accelerate the signs of skin aging.

Helps screen out UVB burning rays to help prevent premature lines and wrinkles caused by the sun. Provides exceptional deep cellular skin protection. Exclusive anti-oxidant blend with pure Vitamin E helps prevent environmental damage that may accelerate the signs of skin aging.

Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 with Helioplex
My thoughts
I bought this product a couple of weeks ago from Mottas Super market. I have been planning on to get a sunscreen for myself since the one I had didn’t work out for me. It was by the same brand and is quite popular. You must have guessed it by now, I am talking about Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Dry Touch SPF 50 which was anything but dry. I found it VERY heavy for a daily use. As a sun block, no doubt it was very effective but it got too much greasy by the end of the day which felt like an oil slick. It broke me out too sometimes so I quit using it.

Just recently, I noticed some tiny bumps appearing on my arms every time I was getting exposed to the sun. It has never happened to me before so I didn’t have a clue as to what was causing it. I asked my sister (who is studying medicine), ‘Am I allergic to sun?’ She said, ‘OMG! This leads to skin cancer.’ She never ceases to pull my leg. I admit, it did freak me out for a moment! lol

Anyway, I’ve been using this one for more than two weeks now and those tiny bumps appear no more. I use it on my face as well under my makeup. Since it’s a moisturizer, it leaves my skin hydrated in the right amount. It also helps with blending my foundation which is a bonus! The cream is scent-free, light weight and sinks into my skin quickly with no sign of white sheen. I won’t say it doesn’t make my face shiny looking at the end of the day but it’s a lot less compared to the one I used before. My face doesn’t appear shiny for good three hours. However I wouldn’t recommend this product if you have an oily skin as it breaks me out on my T-zone sometimes.

I am still looking for a better option so I’d probably not repurchase it until I try a few others. But I do like it as it’s FAR better than what I have used in the past.

You might like it if...
  • You're looking for a moisturizer with SPF.
  • You have dry/normal skin type. 
  • You expect it to be light weight.
You might not like it if...
  • You have a combination to oily skin.
  • It breaks you out. 
My rating

Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer costs PKR 650 and can be purchased from any good superstore across Pakistan.

Have you tried it? Which sunscreen would you recommend?


  1. Why don't you use Luscious Whitening Base SPF 35?

  2. I've been using Clinique Super City Block for last few years, but when my current tube runs out I'd like to try Origins A Perfect World or Outsmart :)

  3. Wow, such a useful review! I've been using only SPF 15 and recently have been looking for something better (but light too) and this seems just the thing... p.s. LOVE your blog :D

  4. thanks for the review sara,
    am using it at the moment and I feel it breaks me out, I am very careless when it comes to beauty care and all so I can not tell if its just this or my foundation is doing so...but just like you it is FAR more better than what I have used's best so far! :)

  5. Try Dove Solar Expert, Bt it is very difficult to find out from market. Reason being,it is packed in a Tube having some german script.. I just found it from a Medical Store. N i Afraid I coudn't b able to find it out again..:/

  6. To find a sunblock that does not get oily for a good amount of hours is on the top of my to-do list! Lol

    Nice review :)

  7. i almost bought this the other day

  8. great review, well am also a big fan of neutrogena's product, mostly products doesnt suits us may be this is just becuase of environment or they are not made for asian skins. you know their facewasher is very good and bestest product but it doesnt suits me and my skin become more darker. :O

  9. Sounds like a good one!!!! Thanks for the review Sara!!!!

  10. seems like pretty effective moisturiser for winter..ty

  11. @Sanum, I needed a sun screen for my arms. I can't use that on my arms :)

    @Emma, thank you for the suggestion sweetie. :)

    @Hadia, thank you ^^

    Thank you all for your lovely comments and suggestions <3

  12. Nice review! but the tragedy of my life is that i am allergic to SPF above 15 :(

  13. u shld try sun blocks by hollywood style

  14. AOA Sara!!which sunblock will u recommend for body?
    thanks a lot

    1. I was previously using this but now I'm using Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunblock Lotion SPF 30 which is much lighter compared to this. I would say go for the lotion in summer :)


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