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Old 04-05-2008, 04:58 AM   #1
 
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Does anyone have any recs for sunscreen that won't make my face ridiculously greasy? At the moment, I'm using sunscreen under my eyes, but would prefer to use it all over my face. When I do though, it makes my already oily skin far far worse and no amount of powder seems to sort it out.
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Old 04-05-2008, 08:28 AM   #2
 
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I'm currently using the PSF SPF 30 and liking it...I've always had problems with sunscreen and this one isn't causing any weird reactions.

In the past I've used the Sage original spf 25 (?) and had good luck. I couldn't use the newer version with avobenzone though. I've also used the Skinceuticals sunscreens but I had to alternate them with minerals or nothing at all. I've generally had better luck with physical blocks than chemical sunscreens but that's not true for everyone.

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Old 04-05-2008, 10:00 AM   #3
 
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I had been using Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunblock for years - it was non-greasy, didn't make my skin break out. It was my HG sunblock.

But recently learned there are two ingredients in it that cause cancer, so now I am trying All Terrain Terra Sport sunscreen, spf 30. It's broad spectrum, protects against UVA and UVB, contains Titanium and Zinc oxide, which apparently are not cancer causing. I bought it at a natural foods store.

It's ok. Not as good as the Neutrogena, but not as greasy others I tried.
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Old 04-05-2008, 12:38 PM   #4
 
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Many find Japanese sunscreen like Shiseido SPF 55 to be mattifying.
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Old 04-06-2008, 08:53 AM   #5
 
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I also prefer sunscreens that have titanium dioxide/zinc oxide as the only active ingredients. My fave so far is DDF Organic SPF 30, with NIA 24 SPF 30 a close 2nd. There is another physical s/s by Elta that has SPF 41, but I have not tried it yet (it's on my list!)
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Old 04-06-2008, 04:22 PM   #6
 
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what chemicals in the Neutrogena stuff are cancer causing? I have some of this stuff too


btw..I hear La Roche-Posay Anthelios Extreme 50+ fluide is really good broad spectrum stuff. It's light and has something in it that makes it really good at blocking out UVA rays, those are the ones that cause wrinkles. It's not sold in the US though. You can get it on Ebay. It's kinda pricey though. There is a cheaper kind called Ombrelle that isn't in the US either but they have some face sunscreens that are light too. Both are made my Loreal.
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Old 04-08-2008, 03:50 AM   #7
 
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Thanks everyone. I'll see if I can get hold of any of the recs.
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btw..I hear La Roche-Posay Anthelios Extreme 50+ fluide is really good broad spectrum stuff. It's light and has something in it that makes it really good at blocking out UVA rays, those are the ones that cause wrinkles. It's not sold in the US though.
Chemical is Mexoryl, which was approved last year. I bought it online, but a friend said that CVS had it last summer. I have rosacea and my skin is VERY allergic. My dermatologist recommended I try the Mexoryl lotions to see if I could use it. Sometimes I can use a lotion a few times before I get the redness and bumps. Last summer, I probably used this 15 times with no problems. Used it in Florida four or five times this Spring with no problems. It might be worth a try.
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Old 04-08-2008, 06:54 AM   #9
 
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Sofina from bobodave.com; also DDF -- doctors dermatologic formula and recently I picked up Faces by Banana Boat -- no fragrance and it's SPF 30 and dries w/no grease. Good luck!!!!
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Old 05-28-2008, 10:39 AM   #10
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I had been using Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunblock for years - it was non-greasy, didn't make my skin break out. It was my HG sunblock.

But recently learned there are two ingredients in it that cause cancer, so now I am trying All Terrain Terra Sport sunscreen, spf 30. It's broad spectrum, protects against UVA and UVB, contains Titanium and Zinc oxide, which apparently are not cancer causing. I bought it at a natural foods store.

It's ok. Not as good as the Neutrogena, but not as greasy others I tried.
I'm glad I did a search before starting my own thread. I've been using Age Shield by Neutrogena, and thought about switching to Ultra Sheer because I hate the consistency of Age Shield. It's light and fluffy like a souffle, but difficult to rub in. Very greasy, and after a few months, it separated and got all mushy - WTF, it's not expired, either.

I found a package of sunblocks on Land's End that contain titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. I know I read on here that zinc oxide was a good ingredient, wasn't sure on titanium dioxide. Sounds like from reading these threads that being physical blocks, they're safer than chemical sunscreens (I've mainly been looking for ones with avobenzone). These Land's Ends sunblocks are actually for babies - the set contains a spray, a lotion, a lip balm, and a zinc oxide stick. I think for $24.50 it's a good deal, esp. since Land's End prices have gone out of sight lately. I can rarely find zinc oxide blocks in stores. I've been wearing an SPF 50 (a CVS brand), have only been out a few days so far since we haven't had many warm days, and already have a deep tan. I tan really easily, and probably will no matter what I use since my skintone is somewhat olivey, but tan = damage. I want to protect my skin the best I can since I plan on being out a lot this summer. I'm hoping the Land's End SPFs will be better than my CVS lotion. I swear the sun is more high-powered these days since I got a light burn already when I typically never burn (even on the first days of summer), and this was with an SPF 50 sunblock with avobenzone. I will report back on how I like the Land's End products.
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