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what is the best sun block ?

I would like to know what is the best sunblock lotion?Does a higher SPF mean that the product is better?

Wed. Jan 16, 9:06pm

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VIchy UV.Active Daily Protective Anti-Pigmentation Fluid SPF 50 PA+++ is one of the best.It will reduce any dark spots on the face& also acts as a make-up base.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008, 9:15 PM

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SPF 45 is great. I prefer neutrogena.

Thursday, January 17, 2008, 2:46 AM

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No, higher SPF does not mean that a sunblock is better. It means that it blocks more UVB rays, which are what cause tanning and burning. And there's not much difference between 30 and 45, except the price.

SPF does not tell you anything about UVA protection, though, and UVA is what causes skin damage and cancer. You want to use a sunscreen that blocks UVA!

One ingredient good for blocking UVA is Mexoryl. I use Anthelios sunblock, which has Mexoryl in addition to UVB blockers, and do not tan at all even spending an entire summer day out on the water.

Thursday, January 17, 2008, 11:58 AM

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i thought more than 15 SPF was worthless...

Thursday, January 17, 2008, 12:02 PM

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Naturally best

the best sunblock, in my opinion, is a natural mineral sunblock, which protects against UVA and UVB rays. (Currently the FDA only requires that SPF be tested for protection against UVB rays).

UVB rays= burning/browning rays
UVA rays= aging/cell damaging rays

natural sunblocks will contain titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide.

the higher the SPF does not mean more protection. it simply means more time.
SPF 15 will give you 94% protection
SPF 30 will give you 97% protection
after SPF 30, the top level of protection you can attain is 98.5%, so... really, it's all in marketing after SPF 30.

i just switched to a natural sunblock by trukid. it's all natural, mineral, broad spectrum. no funk-nasty smell either. i love this stuff!

best luck to you!

Monday, June 30, 2008, 7:49 PM

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I say whatever you buy just be sure to put it on about a half hour before sun exposure. Unless you're using the zinc based sunscreens - the kind that don't rub in - they need time to absorb and be effective.

Monday, June 30, 2008, 7:56 PM

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Just to add explanation to 7:49's comments: The sun only shines for so many hours a day. So even if you burn in 15 minutes without protection, SPF 30 would give you 8.5 hours (approximately) of protection--assuming, of course, that you don't sweat or swim (no sunblock is completely sweat- or water-proof). Because we all sweat and quite often when in the sun we are also in the water, we would have to reapply the sunblock well before we began to burn. Even if we didn't sweat or swim, we'd have eight hours in the sun before the sunblock lost its effectiveness.

So SPF 60 or whatever is just strong enough to continue blocking the sun...when the moon is out. :^ )

I find that WateBabies 30 or 45 (whichever is available) works well. We live by a lake and one of mine is a lifeguard at a waterpark. He uses Banana Boat Sport 30. One I can say does NOT work is Target brand spray sunblock 30. He used that early this year, reapplied four times before noon, and got the worst burn this blonde Norwegian-heritage mother has ever seen, and believe me--I've seen some bad ones (being a paleface whitehair child who grew up in high desert in the days before sunblock).

Tuesday, July 01, 2008, 10:13 PM

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The NO-AD for kids is great for all over the body and La Roche Posay (very similar to Vichy and sold in many of the same stores) is great for the face.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008, 11:47 AM

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I really like Coppertone Sport SPF 45. It's waterproof and works really well for me and I have fair skin. Just the smell of it reminds me of good times at the beach. I love it.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008, 2:02 PM

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WOW you people aRE stupid,sunblock is the biggest scam ever,There is no skin cancer in africa.the sun is good for you just wear light clothing so you dont get sunburn.But dont take my word for it Read

"Natural cures they dont want you to know about"

Saturday, May 09, 2009, 11:46 AM

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The higher the SPF, the more protection you get from the sun.

NoAd brand sun block is the cheapest because they have no advertisements! That's why they call it NoAd.

A 45 SPF of one brandworks as well as a 45 SPF of any other brand. Of course you may like the fragarance on one better than the fragarance of another and one may be olier, for example, than another, but sunblocks with the same SFP values give you the same prtection from the sun.

Sunday, May 10, 2009, 2:23 PM

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For the beach, I like the No Ad for babies/kids that someone else mentioned -- high SPF and great value. Too greasy for everyday wear tho. For that I like Neutrogena's non-greasy Age Shield Sun Block -- SPF 45, I think.

Monday, May 11, 2009, 12:41 AM

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Best Sunblock

To the person who started his/her 5/9 post with "Wow you people are stupid...": please find a nicer way to get your beliefs across? It is counter-productive to insult people looking for answers. If you really feel we don't need sunblock, you stand a better chance of getting us to change our minds if you are pleasant and present calm rational reasoning for your viewpoint. I have Sarcoidosis - often my symptoms don't "show" so people don't believe I'm as sick as I am. The Sarc has caused me to develop Hypervitaminosis-D, so I can't tolerate any daylight: UVA, UVB, and/or Infrared. I really must block the sun, either with layers of clothing or a somewhat-effective sunblock. Thankfully science is "catching up". Products containing zinc oxide and titanium oxide are a blessing, and I'm excited about the new mineral powder sunblocks. I live with mylar over all my windows, wear special Noir eyeglasses, wear layers of clothers and wash them in a sunblock product - all to try to tolerate daylight when I must go out. Then I withdraw for a few days to let the toxins leave my body, either staying in 24/7 or only going out at night. I may be as stupid as you say to try these products, but the goal of getting my life back is at the forefront. Please understand that some of us need to believe and try, not just these products but what you also suggested. I pray that this time something works! Thank you. BTW, I find that NoAd is pretty good, though thick and sticky. It doesn't like to dry, either, Over that I have started wearing Fallene Total Block Tinted Full Spectrum Sun Protection. It takes awhile for that to dry, and it can be messy and get on your clothes, but it helps me get out in the daytime! :o)

Monday, May 25, 2009, 2:24 AM

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Based on my educated guess, Africa doesn't have a high rate of skin cancer because the people who generally live there have dark skin. Having dark skin is a natural sun protector.

Monday, May 25, 2009, 5:41 AM

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I'm guessing poverty, starvation, and civil war are bigger concerns in Africa.

Monday, May 25, 2009, 7:12 AM

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Melanin is a natural skin protector, and the darker your skin, the more melanin you have.

That being said, I'm all for Nutri-Metics spf 30. I was pretty much the only one in bootcamp who never got sunburnt. And it was only a matter of time before my platoon members started coming by my room to use my sunscreen.

Monday, May 25, 2009, 12:31 PM

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There is also clothing with special sunblock factors manufactured into the fabric. Some companies that sell this type of clothing are:

This may not help your face or neck, but certainly can extremely effectively cover everything below the neck. I am also exceedingly sensitive to the sun (I have lupus, which is triggered by the sun) and have bought clothing from the first and second companies and was very happy with my purchases. I also have friends who bought from the third company and were also happy. There are other companies now that sell this type of clothing -- you can probably find them through Google.

Monday, May 25, 2009, 3:05 PM

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Best sunblock

I like to use ArizonaSun spf 45. it is an oil free and water resistant non greasy lotion that also has a greater broad spectrum of uva/uvb protection and it is pretty reasonably priced. you can get it at and it is all naturally made and it has alot of natural ingredients in it


Wednesday, January 05, 2011, 12:05 PM

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