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Old 07-31-2010, 04:53 AM
 
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What are the top 2 best sunscreen brands? Is it true that it can damage the skin? I live in a place where there's a lot of sun but I read articles online that says that sunscreen damages the skin, so no sunscreen damages the skin too. What am I suppose to do then?

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Old 07-31-2010, 07:16 AM
 
Location: Greenwood Village, Colorado
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I don't know if there is a best, I am pretty fair skinned and I always have just used Coppertone. I never heard of a sunscreen causing skin damage, I had read some may cause skin cancer, but it seems like everything causes cancer these days.
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Old 07-31-2010, 07:23 AM
 
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I don't know if there is a best, I am pretty fair skinned and I always have just used Coppertone. I never heard of a sunscreen causing skin damage, I had read some may cause skin cancer, but it seems like everything causes cancer these days.
Do you know which brands those are, the ones that can cause skin cancer?

Anybody know of any that are SAFE to use? Should I use it every day? I live in a place where there's a lot of sun. I don't go out in the sun for a long time, but I have to during work breaks to get in the car, it only lasts 1 minute to walk from building to car, car back to building, I stay in the car 15 mins, just by walking outside for 1 minute, etc.. that itself burns my skin, that's how messed up this place is.
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Old 07-31-2010, 09:38 AM
 
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Go to your library and ask for past Consumer reports issues. Tell the librarian what you want to look up and they will find the correct issue for you. Consumer Reports rates everything! Don't get fooled by some ad that says Consumer's Digest, that is an advertising scam.
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Old 07-31-2010, 06:27 PM
 
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Solbar is pretty good. It uses a physical block (Titanium or Zinc oxide on the skin surface that does not absorb into the skin) against the sun rather than a chemical block. There has been questions on whether nanoparticles can get into into skin cells, but so far no evidence to suggest that it happens.
TGA fact sheet: Sunscreens

The neutrogena Helioplex products are also dermatologist recommended as it provides good UVA and UVB coverage. Use these types of sunscreens 15 mins before exposure.

I think the best way to shield against sun exposure is to carry an umbrella. Seriously.

Don't forget sunglasses to protect your lens against cataracts.
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Old 08-02-2010, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Southeastern North Carolina
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Browse Products || Skin Deep: Cosmetic Safety Reviews
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Old 08-02-2010, 04:29 PM
 
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I'll second the recommendations of the Aveeno and Neutrogena sunscreen products. Some of the generic or big box store brands have given me rashes or break-outs, not so with the aforementioned products.

I try to wear a hat and cover up with clothing rather than applying sunscreen from head to toe. The sunblock style clothing is pretty common these days. Check out you local sporting goods/hunting-camping store.

For vitamin D production and our health we actually do need sunlight exposure. However, whenever possible, avoid direct sun exposure between 10am and 4pm when the sun's rays are most powerful and most likely to cause skin damage.
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Old 08-02-2010, 04:37 PM
 
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I use Badger. Natural ingredients, and it's a zinc-oxide sunblock, which works physically, not just chemically, to protect you from sun. A little too oily for my face, but it's great everywhere else. On the expensive side, but a little goes a long way if you rub it in properly. Many stores carry it. I know REI does.

Also, you can get a sunburn in the car, not just when you're outside, so make sure you apply sunblock / cover up before you leave the house, and reapply midway through the day.
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