What sunblock do you use and like?
The dermatologist told me I need to use "physical sunblock" (instead of sunscreen, while I'm still a little confused about) SPF 60, with zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide.
She suggested called Vanicream 60, but I didn't like the feel of it. I especially want something that doesn't feel too thick or greasy on my face.
What do you guys like? For that matter, what do you dislike?
There are several physical sunblocks that contain either zinc oxide or titanium. However, most of them are quite costly (between $20-$40). Some absorb rather well, while others leave a white residue (which eventually goes away). Here are some of the brands that I've used:
* SkinCeuticals Daily Sun Defense, SPF 20, 3 fl oz
Moisturizing Broad-Spectrum UVA/UVB Sunblock With Transparent Zinc Oxide
$22 - $35
* ABELLA SKIN CARE Abella ColorShade SPF30+ Ebony - 1.7 oz
tinted Zinc Oxide Sunblock with Green Tea & Vitamins D & E.
* Z-SILC Plus Sunblock SPF 30+
Designed for high performance and patient compliance, Z-Silc Plus offers a precise combination of physical blocking 9% Zinc Oxide and 4% Titanium Dioxide to maximize UVA/UV protection.
Peace and Blessings
My Rheumatologist recommended PhotoDerm Max, which has an S.P.F. of 100.
I had always used Neutrogena #30. A 4 oz. bottle being about $10.00. Since then a dermatologist my dad went to for skin cancer recommended
a little-known brand called "NO-AD". A 16 oz. bottle is only about $8.00. It smells and feels almost identical to the Neutrogena. There are many variations. I use the one for kids #30. I had read once that anything above #30 is useless. Whether or not that's true I couldn't say, but it works great and is usually available in Shop-Rite or K-Mart. I guess I figured since we have to use it so often, it can be extremely expensive. Since it came dermatologist recommended, I tried it and was extremely happy!
>>I had always used Neutrogena #30. A 4 oz. bottle being about $10.00. >>Since then a dermatologist my dad went to for skin cancer >>recommended
>>a little-known brand called "NO-AD".
I tried both the neutrogena and the no-ad, but they don't work for my face. After a while it runs into my eyes and makes me tear, and then people think I'm crying ops: Especially the no-ad.
I tried the kind with zinc oxide, but it does look like a white mask on your face.
My dermatologist recommended La Roche - Posay brand 60 SPF Anthelios XL Helioblock. It's very liquid, not a cream. I like it, it doesn't make me cry. I think it's a European product. Not cheap tho.
I use Lubriderm SPF 16 underneath clothes, it's a skin cream too.
The sunblocks over 30 work; it's just that SPF 60 isn't twice as good as SPF 30. It's only a little better.
I just did all this research on sunblock and I've just purchased Keys Soap Solar Rx Broad Spectrum SPF 30+ Sunblock- check out the info at their website.
It's supposedly the best you can get and as non toxic as they get as well. there is this site called cosmetic database (but as one word) dot com and there is some really fantastic info on sunscreens.
I wanted something for my face that wouldn't be to greasy or thick or white and it seemed like that fit the bill too.
I could deal with something else for my body if it was less than perfect if it was cheaper and I found JASON chemical free mineral based physical sunblock. It's cheaper and not half as toxic as some of the other sunblocks that work less well are. You can definitely feel it on your skin once it's rubbed in but it's not too bad at all.
After I made the post above, I went to cosmeticdatabase and ordered the Blue Lizard sensitive sunblock. I could find it on ebay, and the cosmeticsdatabase liked it. The bottle is very cool, it turns from white to bright blue on the least UV exposure.
But I think I'm allergic to either micronized zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, the two ingredients in it! I got foggy and itched for days. It stained my clothes too. I guess nobody else had an allergic reaction to that?
Since those are the two ingredients that the cosmetics data base really likes and they're in all their top rated sunblocks (and the keys brand) I don't know what to try. I thought maybe regular not micronized or nano zinc oxide?
I found the Jason sunblock, but not the Jason chemical free one you mentioned. Is it on that website?
Really appreciate your posting what you like!
Sarah (who is happy as a frog down here in the pouring rain)
Perhaps you should see a Dermatologist (skin specialist) so that he/she can find out which ingredient(s) you are allergic to and recommend/prescribe something else instead?
Just a thought!