Best Sunscreen Lotions?

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   Posted 5/16/2007 9:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Goodmorning ladies, I am looking for input on which you ladies think is the best sunscreen to use.  I am beginning to HATE the lotion type sunscreens, I hate that greasy feeling. 
I am beginning to get very "sore skin" on my hands, fingers, and wrists from the little exposure I get from the sun - i.e. driving, so am looking for a new brand to use.
I would love to try some the spray types, but don't know if any of them are better than others and if they work - and are NON greasy
Any suggestions of what you use and really like?

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   Posted 5/16/2007 10:14 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Ellen, I'm sorry you are having problems with your skin. It sounds painful. Especially when you have to use your fingers so much. I havn't had too many problems with my skin so far. But than this is going to be my first summer with a DX. My skin problems are more like red spots and spider type veins. I know we have to get out in the sun somtimes so hopfully somone will be able to help you with this problem. I know I have read that some of the women on here wear light gloves. but of course that's not always possible.


Good luck I look forward to hearing what others have to say



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   Posted 5/16/2007 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   

I have found that the sunscreens that work best for me are:  #1 - make sure they are PABA free.  #2 - I use the kids brand lotion of sunscreen as it seems to give me more protection and to me it doesn't feel as "slippery" as the one made for adults.  I buy a kid brand with the highest SPF rating and make sure it is PABA free and it seems to work for me.  I suffer from red blotches and burn feeling if my skin is exposed to the sun for more than a few minutes.  This is my first Summer with the diagnosis of lupus as well, but am learning really fast what works and what doesn't work for me.  I also, if at all possible, where long sleeves and pants.  I tend to be one who would wear long johns year round as I tend to be cold all the time as well.  Hope you can find something.  I wish I knew which brand of sunscreen I just bought a couple weeks ago but I loaned it to my sister to use on her kids to see if she likes it.


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   Posted 5/16/2007 11:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I just bought Banana Boat for Babies. SPF 50 hypoallergenic and tear free. All very important features for me because I'm a big baby at heart. Seriously, I like the baby kind because they aren't as greasy, they are tear free and don't sting the eyes if you get any in them and don't irritate the skin. Also, my grandkids can use them if need be.

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   Posted 5/17/2007 8:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with the kid types. I use a generic with a high SPF also because I never know which one (I may try the Banana Boat). I think the kid ones are the best because they are designed for more sensitive skin which doesn't have all of the irritants that the adult ones do. My hubby always laughs at me because I slather that stuff on so good and he says I look like I'm about to go to the beach. He still doesn't understand that just walking to and from the car is enough for us.

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   Posted 5/17/2007 8:58 AM (GMT -6)   
That's good to know about the kids brands. I used some of hubby's sport sunscreen over the weekend and it felt like it was burning my skin - so I need something for more sensitive skin. Thanks for the good information.
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   Posted 5/17/2007 2:45 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks everyone, I have had good sucess = no irritation from Aveeno brand, just hate the greasy feeling, especially when I am sweating sitting in the car in the sun (even with the AC on).  Or if I know that I will be sitting in the car alot after work and the sun is in its prime, I don't like feeling greasy at work. 

I am just on the hunt for a non-greasy feeling one.  Ironically I was looking at the childrens sunscreen's today at Target. I was thinking about the childrens spray-on sunscreens spf 50, I thought maybe they wouldn't be so greasy, but I didn't buy it.  I may have to go back and get it.

Instead I spent some money on longer capri style pants/cropped pants.  I get such horrible hot flashes sometimes and can't stand to wear Long pants all the time, so I am going to try capri pants, I need them especially when I am outside under the canopy watching my daughter play.  I also am glad that the longer "Walking style" shorts are in style, they cover up so much of my leg.

I also am thinking the problem with the sore skin happening is that I am off my Immuran right now due to not being able to get ridf a sinus infection for 3 months - even with heavy duty antibiotics, so when I go back on in a month or 2, maybe the pain from the sun will ease up.  But again maybe not! :)

I have gotten used to not being in the sun except before 9am and after 5pm.  But in the car it is unavoidable sometimes.
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