I read your stories about allergies to sunscreen. (i know how you feel) People I tell about my allergy think i'm nuts... I first noticed my allergy when the make-up i was using causes extremely dry and bumpie skin. my cosmetic consultant told me they started adding sunscreen.. so I simply switched to the sunscreen free version (which they no longer make, but i stocked up and then found Bare essentials))...and once i forgot to pack my "organic sunscreen" for a trip to the bahama's and spent the whole time spraying on benedryl and itching and looking really stupid with all those bumps and redness... (when i got home i was told I should have taken the oral benedry)
I grew-up without allegies and sunscreen was never used... back in the days when bronze was beautiful (the 1980's). later, I had a friend who was complusive about sunscreens and so when the allergy developed we set out on a mission to find a sunscreen that I could wear. WE FOUND ONE that works... >>> it's an all natural /organic sunscreen By AUBREY ORGANICS... their phone number on the tube of sunscreen is 1 800-aubrey h. they are out of tampa fl. I found my tube at the local nature's way store... (a store dedicated to natural remedies... and foods)... i have chosen to use their spf 8 which works great for me i don't mind a little color, i just don't like to fry.
My family told me i was nuts when i told them, that because of the regular sunscreen on the kids i couldn't pick-up my nieces and nephews. if i touched them within an hour a few bumps would start to appear... they aren't laughing now, my 5 year old nephew broke out last weekend with horrific hives from a childrens sunscreen, much worse than my out breaks).... so all my sisters kids now need to wear the organic sunscreen... they realy thought I was making this allergy up... after she brought him to the doctor, got him calmed sown and to bed, I received a prompt e-mail inquiring where I get my sunscreen...
Also BEWARE... several years ago 'my compulsive friend' put on her regular sunscreen and I put on my organic stuff... we stashed my sunscreen in our pack and off we went on our bikes ... she felt the need to reapply and used my sunscreen over hers... she burnt only where she reapplied my organic stuff .. I have much fairer skin and did NOT burn with only 1 application... so the chemicals in the regular stuff must not like the organic stuff... don't mix sunscreens!!!!
My other irritation is that most "day" moisturizing product and foundations have sunscreen in them ...I did find a foundation that is fabulous... Bare minerals... (yes the infomercial stuff)... not only does it have good coverage and works great, but it is a mineral and has a natural spf... Also they have a product call bare vitamin, skin reverupper which does a great job of moisturizing and conditioning the skin...(no sunscreen in it)
I hope this helps someone!!!!