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    Jenni
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    Hi all,

    I have a sunscreen dilemma!

    I have spent hours researching the best kinds and came up recently with a product called Elta MD. I love the lotions (without SPF) but it has zinc as the main ingredient and it is causing me to become super dry (in patches) and itch and get a rash. I think I may be allergic (or extra sensitive) to zinc unfortunately. I prefer the sunscreens with natural chemicals does anyone have any suggestions? I used Coppertone Pure and Simple last summer and it sorta did the same thing to me (it was zinc mostly as well).

    I am looking for a daily face moisturizer with spf and a basic spf to use on myself and my daughter.

    Thanks so much!

    Jenni

    #59714
    Laurie
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    Jenni,

    My derm recommended Coppertone Water Babies SPF 50 for me to use. It works for me although I am very careful of covering up during the peak hours as well. We use it on the grandchildren as well.

    As far as a daily moisturizer, I use Clinique Superdefense Age Defense with Broad Spectrum SPF 25. It is light weight and nice. Again, I try to avoid any long term exposure to peak sun hours without hats, additional sunscreen, etc.

    Laurie

    #59715
    jensean
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    I use Skinceuticals sunscreen. It is very expensive but the texture is great. The main ingredients are titanium dioxide and zinc. It leaves no residue or dryness. I highly recommend it.

    #59716
    BigRed1984
    Participant

    oh goodness, there are so many choices! I have tried many and I am still looking for my perfect match. I like using Environmental Working Group’s skin deep data base. It scores sunblock based on it’s toxicity. Unfortunately, I have used a few products that were not too effective for heavy sun exposure. If I am going in the water I stick to harsh chemical spray on’s with high UV protection. Otherwise I have had no trouble with zinc products. Here is a link, I think they will update for 2013 soon. For the kiddo I use badger infants spf 34, she looks like a ghost but it is so natural it doesnt burn her eyes. http://www.ewg.org/2012sunscreen/

    #59717
    Catherine Poole
    Keymaster

    Zinc is often the natural ingredient and that is what Jenni is having a problem with. Our staff member’s daughter is allergic to almost everything and she finally found the Neutrogena Free and Clear to work well with her daughter.

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