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Old 06-29-2011, 07:25 PM
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Help with a good sunscreen please

Ok, so I know there is a sunscreen sticky but it all looks like a foreign language to me and a lot to read and I don't have an hour to read through it right now

I've been wearing 50 sunblock and am still getting very dark. I'm freaking cause I don't want to look 80 when I'm 40 and I don't want melanoma. My kids like to go to the pool and there isn't any shady areas there. I use Neutrogena 30 on my face and I'm getting melasma, which I always get if I don't use sunblock. Why aren't these working for me?

Can someone please recommend a good body and face sunscreen to avoid all sun damage?
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Old 06-29-2011, 07:44 PM
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Maybe you could take a big umbrella or at least a sun hat to minimize your exposure? I don't think any sunscreen/sunblock is going to completely prevent you from getting sun damage if you're sitting in direct sunlight.
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Old 06-29-2011, 08:24 PM
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Are you reapplying in proper time periods? I'd say umbrella/hat is best too.

As for sunscreens i still stick to my La Roche Posay. I prefer the ones with mexoryl
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Old 06-29-2011, 09:00 PM
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Thanks Pam! Yes, I reapply every 2 hours. I was looking into the La Roche Posay. Is it a really tiny bottle? It's so expensive!
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Old 06-29-2011, 09:02 PM
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Some are and some aren't. The spf 60 melt in lotion is big and pretty good (but is the Cell Ox Shield formula, not the Mexoryl). I use that one on my body though. It's a little less white-out-y
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Old 06-29-2011, 09:05 PM
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see if the skinstore code somewhere in the coupons section is still good. they had 20% off. cvs also had buy one get one half off last week
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The higher SPF factor - the more chemicals in the sunscreen, doesn't it bother you? SPF 50 sounds ridiculously high to me, I tan easily, and I used SPF 30 or 35 ( L'Oreal? OR Shiseido?) last summer on my face and body and I ended up being pale after 10days under the hot Italian sun. If you still tan a lot with such a high SPF factor then this sunscreen is definitely not good for you( the brand). Try more expensive one with a 35-40spf and avoid the sun altogether;) You once had an avatar with baseball cap on, it's maybe the time to dig it out
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Old 06-30-2011, 01:22 AM
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I use the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen with Helioplex. I don't really know much about sunscreen but I really like mine! I heard that after a certain SPF, it doesn't really matter? I *think* it was after 35 ? or something then all the protection is the same... anyways I don't think sunscreen prevents you from tanning, it just stops you from burning... doesn't it? LOL I don't know... okay I should stop talking now
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Old 06-30-2011, 07:06 AM
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Some are and some aren't. The spf 60 melt in lotion is big and pretty good (but is the Cell Ox Shield formula, not the Mexoryl). I use that one on my body though. It's a little less white-out-y
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see if the skinstore code somewhere in the coupons section is still good. they had 20% off. cvs also had buy one get one half off last week
Thank you so much Pam! I'm gonna check it out.
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Old 06-30-2011, 07:38 AM
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Yes, in the US sunscreens will shortly no longer be able to call themselves anything over 50 by law. There is no appreciable benefit/proof that there is any difference between 50 and anything they call more than that, especially not a smooth curve as the numbers would have you believe. Everything will be called SPF 50+. Nothing more.
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Old 06-30-2011, 07:40 AM
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I don't think sunscreen prevents you from tanning, it just stops you from burning... doesn't it? LOL I don't know... okay I should stop talking now
Yeah, wrong. A sunscreen that is good and acting properly should block UVB AND UVA rays, and you should NOT tan. Tanning is sun damage and evidence of penetrated rays.
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Old 06-30-2011, 07:41 AM
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The higher SPF factor - the more chemicals in the sunscreen, doesn't it bother you?
They are all full of chemicals, and this statement is not correct. There are different kinds of sunscreens as well - physical vs. chemical. There are a lot of articles linked in the sunscreen sticky here you should read.
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Old 06-30-2011, 08:03 AM
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^ There was a programme on British tv about sunscreens a while ago and that is what said
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I hope you don't believe everything you see on TV.
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All I know is I'm going to my dermatologist in a week to have a dysplastic mole removed and she is gonna kick my ass when she sees how tan I am
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Yeah, wrong. A sunscreen that is good and acting properly should block UVB AND UVA rays, and you should NOT tan. Tanning is sun damage and evidence of penetrated rays.
Ooh ok! Thanks Pam !
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I hope you don't believe everything you see on TV.
??? do you?

^^It was a very interesting programme btw, put together by real people not some set-up thing. They talked about organic sun protection too. My husband and I have also tried a few organic brands over the years and always use only organic sunscreen for our son. But I switched back to a regular sunscreen for myself as most of the organic ones leave white residue and are quite thick and not easy to apply
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There is a LOT of misinformation about there about sunscreen. Being a scientific-minded person myself, I like to go directly to the UV spectrum and see what the different filters block. The broadest spectrum filters are Mexoryl XL and the Neutrogena Helioplex (helioplex is made up of several different filters, but in terms of US sunscreens their overall formula is the best.)

If you prefer to not use a chemical sunscreen, that's your prerogative, but I can assure you that you are getting inferior UV protection.
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As annoying as they are, I think hats are the way to go. And sunglasses, anytime you are outside and it's dark. I use Aveeno because it's the only one I can use on my face without breaking out terribly, but I use sunscreens with Mexoryl on my body.

I stocked up on some Ombrelle sunscreen with Mexoryl when I was in Canada. How does it compare to the La Roche Posee sunscreen?
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