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Sunscreen: Key for the Summer!

I’m not sure if you all have been to check out Dr. Irwin’s Skin Tour for the month of May yet, but her new product of the month has intrigued me!

It’s Elta MD UV Daily SPF 40 Pump. It’s $23.80 for 1.7 oz.

This is a sheer moisturizer with spf protection that has a high amount of zinc oxide (9%) and octinoxate (7.5%) for comprehensive UV protection. It’s paraben free.

It’s going on my list of sunscreens to try, though I’m really loving my new sunscreen, The Healthy Sun Screen SPF 40 Face Cream by LaVanila.

Dr. Irwin has several other suggestions for sunscreens in a variety of price ranges now, from $11.33 and up. She also covers the important ingredients in what to look for in a sunscreen: zinc (at least 5%), titanium (at least 5%), stabilized avbenzone or mexoryl.

Protecting your skin from the sun is one of the best anti-aging things you can do! It’s definitely something I take seriously :)

How are you protecting your skin this summer? What’s your favorite moisturizer with SPF?

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    • http://www.pammyblogsbeauty.com Pammy

      This sunscreen sounds great…and those are exactly the active SPF ingredients that do not irritate my sensitive skin. I must give this one a try! I totally adore SkinMedica’s sunscreens (daily use from me). But, I am always looking for more options!

      • Phyrra

        Me too! I always like to see what else is out there. In particular, I feel safer with a higher SPF.

    • UneLuneBleue

      As someone who has every single risk factor for skin cancer except a family member who’s had it, I’m big on sunscreen! I do have a hard time finding one that has a high enough SPF without feeling ‘heavy’, as I also have very oily skin. So I bounce around a lot, but always keep the Neutrogena 70spf one lying around for days when I know I’ll be in the sun a bit. As I’ve already had ‘pre-cancerous cells’ removed from my cheek once, I tend to stay out of the sun as much as possible. On the plus side, I’ll look brand-spankin-new when I’m 90!

      • Phyrra

        Eek, definitely keep using good sunblock!

    • rebecca

      i’ve started using banana boat for kids. forget the spf….think it’s 50 or 60. it’s not greasy, soaks into the skin, has a very subtle smell. i’m prone to acne and i didn’t break out. i really like it

      • Phyrra


    • http://fiercenerditude.blogspot.com/ Vijaya

      I have to admit, I only use sunscreen if I’m outdoors for extended periods of time, though my dermatologist has told me that some sun exposure might help a skin condition that I have, so I might want to occasionally forgo the sunscreen entirely, especially if I see signs of my condition’s symptoms coming back. I had to do some UV exposure in a weird phototherapy thingymahjig before–real sun is free and less uncomfortable, so I don’t protest the idea too much.

      • Phyrra

        Oh wow, I’m glad that you’re able to find something that works for you.

    • http://lacqueredpaintedpolished.blogspot.com/ Jessi

      I am hardly ever outside because I’m afraid of the sun, haha, but I just got the Shideido sunscreen cream from Sephora and I’ve been loving it. It’s SPF 55 which is awesome. I hope you domn’t mind me linking to it, but it’s this one. It makes my face feel really soft too. And not greasy looking like some sunscreens.


      • Phyrra

        How does this work for your eyes?

    • sarah

      I’ve been using the Coppertone Sport SPF 80. It lasts longer than the Neutrogena stuff I used to use and my arms are still almost the same color as the rest of me. I used to have a deep farmer’s tan by now.

      • Phyrra

        That sounds nice, Sarah!

    • http://lithiablack.wordpress.com/ LithiaBlack

      I’m currently using a japanese one called sunkiller spf 50 but I’m on the look out for alternatives that are easier to get hold of.

      I’ve heard that Korres has a nice one so I’m going to check it out first.

      • Phyrra

        Sunkiller is a crazy name!

    • http://www.hairlosshell.com Jeni

      My favorite sunscreen is Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protecting Cream SPF 55, and coincidently it has the same two sunscreen ingredients as the Elta. I also use Vanicream, which also has the same two sunscreen ingredients!

      I am obsessed with sunscreen so there are about 10 other ones that I’ve tested over the last year. It’s my favorite skin care must-have, and I love sunscreens with zinc oxide.

      • Phyrra

        Me too! Physical barriers are great.

    • http://www.ruthsmakeup.blogspot.com Ruth

      I have been considering a higher spf, and also whether my Olay spf 15 might be contributing to spots at that time of the month… :(
      I’m considering Vichy’s spf 50 face sunblock.

      • Phyrra

        Definitely go higher with the SPF!

    • Anne

      La Roche Posay Anthelios 45Ultra LIght Fluid for the face as my facial item.

      Tropical Sands 30 SPF by Mexitan. All natural and reef friendly. This stuff is the difference between being burnt to a crisp in the hot Caribbean sun or being protected along with not damaging the environment. Love this stuff.

      • Phyrra

        Wow, sounds like the La Roche is awesome.

    • Cara

      I always use a moisturizer with spf. My fave is Yes to Carrots. But I also use makeup with spf…hello Bare Escentuals! :)

      I’m in the market for some heavy duty face spf though and this looks right up my alley. The LaVanila one looks pretty awesome too!

      • Phyrra

        Yeah makeup with spf is great, too.

    • Eclectic_eels

      I’m using Coppertone water babies Pure n Simple.it has 14.5% zinc oxide,is tear free and doesn’t clog my pores. I’ve got really oily skin and this goes on a bit too Dewy but it keeps me fair in the hot sun. Used it for an entire day at florida’s theme parks and no telltale tan signs:)