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Ant



Joined: 18 Mar 2009
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Location: Seattle, WA

PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 5:56 am    Post subject: Sunscreen/block help Reply with quote

I am looking for a very effective sunscreen/block. I have combination skin and have used both chemical and physical sunscreens and have never had any adverse reactions. I think that my max budget would be about $20. It does not matter where the product is from as I am confident that I will be able to find it online somewhere. Specific brands and formulations would be incredibly helpful. Thank you so much for reading this and hopefully commenting!
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Ant



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, no budget, what is an excellent sunscreen/block?
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orangehrzn



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All zinc:

Epicuren Discovery Zinc Oxide SPF 20 - contains 17% micronized zinc oxide, feels like normal cream, minimal whiteness, easy to spread over skin, hard to spread over beard, its kind of expensive

Solar Rx SPF 30+ by Keys - contains 18.5% micronized zinc oxide, a little chalkier than epicuren, not whitish, cheaper than epicuren

Chemical ones:

Banana Boat Sport Dri-Blok SPF 30 (in orange plastic bottle with blue cap, not the metal containter) - truly matte finish

Sun Effects SPF 30 by Dr. Jeffrey Dover (CVS used to sell it, may be discontinued) - creamy light texture, easy to spread even over beard

Neutrogena Dry Touch line - matte, don't go above SPF 45 if you don't want it to be mask-like chalky
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Oslow



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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

orangehrzn wrote:


Neutrogena Dry Touch line - matte, don't go above SPF 45 if you don't want it to be mask-like chalky


None of the Neutrogena sunscreens are whitening;) Doesn't matter if it's SPF2 or SPF90.
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smurfette



Joined: 21 Aug 2008
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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can also look for and try:

Blue Lizard Face Sunscreen SPF 30+.

It has the micronized zinc oxide in it at 8% and it is inexpensive, can be found in drug stores.
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smurfette



Joined: 21 Aug 2008
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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ant wrote:
Ok, no budget, what is an excellent sunscreen/block?

An excellent sunscreen/sunblock is one that is broad spectrum, giving great protection from both UVA and UVB rays, one that is non-sensitizing “to you”, one that is right for your skin type. Do you want one that is a moisturizer and sunscreen all in one? That is also a consideration, especially if you wear makeup.

If you do not care whether or not it is chemical based or not, you have a plethora to chose from, since you are fortunate to not have the sensitivity problems many have and, if finances are an issue, drug store brands will fit your budget well.

So, it really depends on what you want to use, ultimately. Do you want a chemical sunscreen, a physical sunscreen/block, or one that is a bit of both - chemical and physical.

As the other posters have suggested, Neutrogena makes a number of broad-spectrum sunscreens and they get good reviews. (Drugstore.com has lots and lots of sunscreens and sunblocks with reviews of them).

If you don't mind spending a bit more on a "good" sunscreen/block, there are more choices for you.

Any sunscreen or sunblock with zinc oxide, or better, transparent micronized zinc oxide, will be good. I prefer the miconized zinc oxide to prevent or minimize the white cast, and because I prefer to use zinc oxide for protection.

Here are a few more options, all in different price ranges, that have good reviews from others that use them. Many contain an additional active sunscreen ingredient; I only listed ZO and TD:

* EltaMD UV Daily SPF 40 - 9% Z-cote
* EltaMD UV Physical SPF 41 – physical sunblock - 9.0% Zinc Oxide 7.0% Titanium Dioxide
* EltaMD UV Shield SPF 45 - Oil-Free - 9% Z-Cote
* Z-Silc Plus SPF 30+, pricey, Zinc Oxide (9%)
* Fallene Cotz SPF 58+, physical sunblock, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide (Z-Cote)
* Solbar Zinc SPF 38, inexpensive, Zinc Oxide (Z-Cote) 7.5%
* Skinceuticals Daily Sun Defense SPF 20 - 5% transparent zinc oxide (Z-Cote)
* EltaMD UV Facial SPF 30+, moisturizing, with Zinc Oxide 4.5 %
* Vanicream Sensitive Skin Sunscreen SPF 30, inexpensive, physical sunblock, standard Zinc Oxide 5%, Titanium Dioxide 5%


There are many, many more.

If zinc oxide is the way you want to go, doing an Internet search for “micronized zinc oxide” “transparent zinc oxide”, or “Z-Cote”, will pull up many more options for you. Make sure to read the labels so you know what you are getting.
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clearskin



Joined: 23 Apr 2009
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Location: Wales

PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi there,

If you want to consider a sun-screen with the extra boost of Vitamin C to brighten your skin, then you could consider Vitamin C SPF Moisture Cream from THE BODY SHOP.

thebodyshop.co.uk

This is very inexpensive. I personally like the L' Occitane range and recommend: 'Sunscreen Veil High Protection for Face - SPF 30 in a 25ml tube at 15.75.

Available on line from: loccitane.com

This is a 100% mineral protection and a natural product that is cerified to be organic,

Hope this help,

Best of luck

clearskin
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Oslow



Joined: 18 May 2009
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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tried Neutrogena Age Shield Face Sunblock SPF 90+ today, but it made my skin hurt. I've also tried La Roche Posay Extreme Fluid and Vichy Sunscreen but both of those gave me whitening.

I'm thinking about trying Avene Emolusion instead? Btw, this is what I'm looking after in a sunscreen:

-Non whitening
-Contains ZincOxide and either Mexoryl or Helioplex

Any other suggestions to suncreens?
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