June 30, 2009

The Goods: Sunscreen

I have gone round and round with sunscreen, specifically for my face. I have that skin that freckles as it tans so even though I can turn a brownish color for the season, my freckles are here to stay. Last year I was committed to wearing sunscreen daily (even in the winter) and it caused more problems than it corrected. I guess I should just come to terms with the fact that I have super-sensitive skin and pretty much anything has the potential for adverse reactions (a.k.a. breakouts...yuck!).

So I gave up on wearing sunscreen for awhile, but now that we are in the throws of summer and I don't want to look old before my time, I've given it another try. But why is it so hard to find one that works for me? Sometimes I stand in the aisle at the drugstore looking like a lost puppy...hoping that one of the brands will just jump off the shelf. Does anyone else feel like shopping for sunscreen requires dermatological expertise? I decided to try several brands and hope for the best.

Maybe it was timing or maybe these newer formulas are just better, but I couldn't be more pleased with the ones I am using now. For my face I love Aveeno Ultra-Calming formula in spf 15 and if I'm not wearing make-up, Garnier Nutritioniste spf 28. I also rub this one on the backs of my hands (they get lots of sun while driving). I like Neutrogena Sensitive Skin spf 60 for my neck & decollete which manages to get sun even when I don't mean for it to (wearing v-necks, tanks tops, etc.). We have enough wrinkles to look forward to thanks to gravity...I don't want to help that process one bit.

Finally, I keep a generic (CVS storebrand) bottle of wanna-be Aveeno Lotion with Colloidal Oatmeal spf 15 in my car so I can slather it on my arms if they seem to be getting too much sun while I'm driving. I try to wait until stopped at a red light to do this, so don't worry! Am I obsessed with sunscreen? probably, but as a former Vacation Burner and Tanning bed visitor, I think I have much to make up for.