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What SPF of sunscreen is best?

By Anonymous May 30, 2009 - 9:20am
 
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What is the best sunscreen to use to protect yourself from the sun? Are there differences in SPF and the color of your skin?

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Like Michele, I have some shirts with built-in sunscreen that I just love to wear. I'm so pale and have such a high prevalence of skin cancer in my family (and have had several precancerous spots removed over the years), and yet I get so tired of putting on the sunscreen all the time. I love the shirts, especially when I'm on the beach and forget to reapply the sunscreen. I wear one of my long sleeve shirts on that has the protection in the material and a big floppy hat, and it works great. When I'm not wearing sun protective shirts, I only use 50 SPF or higher sunscreen. I still get tan at times with 50 SPF, as it doesn't block everything.

May 31, 2009 - 11:18pm
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Anonymous

Thank you for the great information and links. The information is very helpful for this time of year.

May 31, 2009 - 10:14am
HERWriter

Hi Susan,

I just wrote this article on Sunscreen you might want to read.

http://www.empowher.com/news/herarticle/2009/05/21/spf-what-do-all-numbers-mean

The sunscreen SPF should be above 30 but the problem is we all forget to reapply it often enough to keep it working.

I own a few sunscreen shirts where the shirts are rated themselves with sunscreen protection that work pretty well. If you are going to be at the beach or if by the pool all day, there are special shirts with sunscreen in them that can get wet and are comfortable to wear.

Michele

May 31, 2009 - 7:55am
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Anonymous

Here is some additional info I found on this cool site...
http://www.empowher.com/condition/sunburn

May 30, 2009 - 12:19pm
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