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YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,981)
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6/17/13 1:28 P

Heather, I just remembered, I was going to tell you that I saw some Neutrogena face sunscreen when I was buying my body sunscreen the other day at the grocery store. Might be worth a shot since it seemed to have similar ingredients as the body stuff, only it's more "face friendly".

COSMOANGEL SparkPoints: (8,483)
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6/17/13 1:26 P

For everyday exposure ie: driving car, doing errands, going to work etc. I use the new Kiehl's BB cream which is SPF 50 on my face. I'm not a big makeup wearer so this just gives me enough coverage to even out skin tone. I also use Cetaphil moisterizer lotion that has several formulations for the face...I have one for blemish prone skin which is SPF 30 and another for sensitive which is SPF 50. Now if I am going to be doing something outside more the average out and about such as day to beach, biking, hiking, I use fluid based sunscreen on my face hands, neck, chest unfortunately I forgot the names, but there is a kiehl brand, neutrogenia brand and another one which I get in the 'fancy' section of the drugstore. I like that type because they come in little bottles which are easy to carry around in your purse to reapply. For my body I use neutrogenia or aveno spray in the SPF 100 range.

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (248,541)
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6/12/13 3:52 P

hey, I'm a skin cancer survivor. I don't want anybody to get that "it's melanoma, blah, blah, blah,check lymph nodes, blah blah blah, day surgery at the hospital' call

yep. That's pretty much what I remember. Scared me BAD! Not to mention the pain I experienced during the nuclear med treatment to verify which lymph nodes to check. Fortunately the nuclear med tech had kind of an LL Cool J look (even the dimples), so it wasn't all bad!

all clear for over 2 years emoticon

FEDGIRL4 Posts: 2,182
6/12/13 3:18 P

I will agree with ANDILH. My dermatologist suggested the Neutrogena brand because it has Helioplex which studies show (no I don't know which studies) that it protects great against UVA and UVB. She says she prefers that I reapply, but if I don't, she is glad I use SOMETHING. I use the Daily Defense too.

I do notice a difference too. When it is sunny and I have it on, the arm that hangs out the window gets warm but that is it. When I forget (shush OBIESMOM, I forget too), it burns more and gets red.

07SOJO Posts: 1,652
6/12/13 2:53 P

I live in Colorado so I always try to remember to wear sunscreen because we are at such a high altitude. I'm dark-hair with very fair skin. I'm with you on not tanning because I usually bake! I have to be really careful. If I even get sun-burned on just my arms, I end up not feeling well for a couple days. I love the sun but it doesn't love me! emoticon

LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 4,690
6/12/13 2:53 P

I use Neutrogena too. Honestly, though, I can hardly stand the smell of sunblocks (including the Neutrogena). I just despise the smell of them and the scented ones that try to cover the sunblock smell with a fragrance are even worse, IMO. So, I will just wear them when I'm going out into the sun. I know I should wear something daily, but I just cannot bring myself to do it because of the smell. It even makes my clothes have a permanent smell (I cannot wash the smell out of several clothing items I have).

Not to hijack your thread, there a good, non-oily, sunscreen that doesn't SMELL?

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6/12/13 2:37 P

I also am very pale with natural reddish hair (I dye it darker :)), and have eczema (mostly on my arms but it's been popping up on my back, neck, and shoulders in the past few weeks, booo!), and everyone over the age of 50 on both sides of my family has had some kind of skin cancer. So, I love me some sunscreen :) I like the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer for body

I wore it for 4 days straight last summer at an outdoor music festival where we were in sun pretty much all day, in 100+ temps. I did not get a burn at all. I also wore a hat since that's pretty much the only thing you can do to keep your scalp from burning. Forever 21, which I usually hate going into, actually has a lot of cute cheap hats. Target does too.

For face moisturizer, I use this:
It's only SPF 30, but I haven't gotten a face burn ever while wearing it, nor while wearing the SPF 17 version (they just came out with the 30). My sensitive skin likes it... it's pricier than what you can get at the drugstore, but well worth it. I like a lot of their other skincare products too.

Edited by: YOJULEZ at: 6/12/2013 (14:40)
ANDILH Posts: 1,543
6/12/13 2:20 P

I too have red hair with pasty white skin. I wear sunscreen year round. So far, my favorite is Neutrogena Daily Defense (I think that's the name I don't have it with me right now). It's SPF 50 and doesn't irritate my extremely sensitive skin. It keeps my skin from breaking out which I like.
Good luck. This problem took me many months and way too much money to figure out. My head is too big for most hats and I'm actually allergic to UV light. It's been an interesting journey.

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6/12/13 2:08 P

Thanks so much for the recommendations! Yeah, physical blocks like hats and long sleeves are good, but where I live it's really humid and hot; in mid-summer it's not feasible to wear that much clothing! It can hit a heat index of 120+... and it's MOIST. I've been known to sit around INSIDE in my underwear!

Body I have covered though; the spray-on sunblock is great. It's just awful for faces though; burns your eyes if you mistakenly get them in there. I mostly just need something for my face.

ICEDEMETER Posts: 1,332
6/12/13 12:33 P

I'm so pale that I'm pasty, and have managed to get a sunburn within 10 minutes in February in Canada, so I know what you mean about needing the higher SPF!

I've used the Neutrogena Dry Touch line on my face for years - usually the 85, but the 70 when there was no other stock. I have extremely sensitive skin and have never had this cause me any problems. It's not necessarily the best moisturizer out there, but it works for me for daily wear in an extremely arid climate. When my skin gets more dry in the winter, then I just use a heavier moisturizer without SPF after I wash my face at night, and then use the Dry Touch for the day.

I despise the greasy feel of other brands, and really appreciate that I've never had this one start "dripping" off when I get sweaty.

I also really like the spray for using on the rest of my body. When we're out in the sun, then it's because we're busy doing things, and we're generally back in the bush or out in the fields so there is no place to wash your hands. The spray makes it really easy to re-apply without getting your hands greasy or sticky.

I have found that I can generally find a Neutrogena product that I'm not allergic to (which is a huge battle for me) and that works well. I don't know whether the American formulations are the same as the Canadian ones, but you might want to browse their website to see if there is something there that you want to try:

Good luck finding something that works for you!

ANARIE Posts: 13,192
6/12/13 12:07 P

I agree that a cute hat is great. But also just look at packages of daily moisturizer. A huge percentage of them have at least a 15 SPF, and many go up to 30. You don't have to spend a lot, either. I have used the WalMart or Walgreens store brand, and it works exactly the same as mid-price drugstore brands. The one time I bought an expensive salon kind, I really didn't think it was as good as the cheap stuff.

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6/12/13 12:00 P

emoticon you get points for asking for help!

there are many daily use lotions that have sunscreen, but I don't know that any are going to have as high an SPF as you want. But SOMETHING is always better than NOTHING.

as far as the eczema - I had those little 'bumps' on the backs of my arms. My dermatologist gave me a scrip for some lotion, but told me to try AmLactin first because it's OTC and less expensive. When I went to CVS, they had a store brand right next to AmLactin. This is EXPENSIVE lotion, so I tried the CVS brand (about $12 a bottle I think). Love it!
Within a week I could tell a major difference. Because it's so expensive, and the CVS brand can be tough to find (not all stores stock it, but they all seem to carry AmLactin), I only use it on the problem areas. It exfoliates and moisturizes at the same time. Great stuff. It doesn't have SPF though.

Edited by: OBIESMOM2 at: 6/12/2013 (12:01)
NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
6/12/13 11:49 A

I know this isn't the kind of answer that you're looking for, but I live in Greece and we have a lot of sun so I deal with this too, and the best thing you can do is to wear a light colored long-sleeve shirt. I have a white linen button-down shirt several sizes too large and I wear that when I need to be outside during the hottest part of the day; and a large straw hat that casts a good shadow over my entire face and neck. This is the only way to really prevent UVA rays from getting to your skin. Sunscreens are notorious for only giving good UVB protection (especially outside the EU where UVA protection is supposedly more strictly regulated) and of course UVA is the evil stuff. But clothes and hats DO work for this.

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
6/12/13 11:14 A

I would go with Banana Boat brand. They don't just make tanning lotion. I'm really pale, too, but I don't spend a whole lot of time outdoors because of it. I've got freckles. Not tons-but still lots.

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6/12/13 11:07 A

Okay, I'm a redhead. A painfully bright-skinned redhead who doesn't deal with the sun well. ;) I don't tan, I bake! My sunscreen of choice is SPF 100!

However, as I get older, and as my skin deteriorates from my youth blemish-free skin of 18, to the dry and sensitive skin of a 30 something, I want to start taking more proactive measures to protect myself.

I'm usually pretty good about putting on sunscreen when I do outdoor activities (shut up, OBIESMOM, I forget sometimes!) but I want to start wearing something daily, something that serves two purposes.

I have reason to believe I've got a bit of eczema. I am very prone to very dry, scaly patches on my face. I do have some Cortisone eczema cream that helps, but it doesn't have sunscreen, and it's kinda greasy.

So. I want to find something for daily wear, with at least SPF 30 (I'll take 15 if I have to, but I need at least 30 honestly) that helps with extreme dry skin. This may be a tall order, but I'm a major tomboy, and I have NO idea what sort of things like this there are! CVS pharmacy is a bewildering, confusing place with aisles and aisles of creams and lotions that make no sense to me. I don't wear makeup, generally.

Any help? Anything you've tried? Anything you know someone else uses that they love?

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