What’s Your Favorite Sunscreen?

711161806_fcf773a330_tAlthough I am grateful that spring is finally here—my 6-year-old daughter, Jane, was still wearing her winter jacket until just a few days ago—I must admit that I am not enthused about the beginning of hard-core sunscreen season. I have very fair skin, skin cancer runs in my family, I’ve had suspicious moles removed by my dermatologist, and I have been writing articles about the importance of sun safety for many years. The young father of one of Jane’s friends died of melanoma. But when she got dressed in shorts and a tank top for school yesterday, I heaved a big sigh as I pulled out the bottle of SPF 50. She’s right: It is greasy. At least she doesn’t complain about using a sunscreen stick on her face. We live in an apartment, and I don’t like to use spray sunscreen inside. I know that my family and I are going to be using this stuff for the rest of our lives (when they invent a sunscreen pill, I’m taking it!). I’ve had my favorite brands over the years, but I want to know yours! I’ll be very appreciative if you’ll all tell me which one you and your kids like best. Thanks.

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  1. by Sally

    On April 28, 2011 at 8:01 am

    For me, I love the Aveeno Continuous Protection. It’s not greasy; more like regular lotion; and it has a pleasant but very light scent.

    My daughters have very sensitive skin and regular sunscreen gives them rashes. We’ve had good luck with Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby. Not greasy and no scent.

  2. by Diane Debrovner

    On April 28, 2011 at 10:30 am