July 8, 2010

SPF 100 Is a Total Crock of Sh*t

I could write a really long post about what's going on in the sunscreen universe right now but you'd just get bored and possibly think I was a mental case. Let's just say there's a lot of deceiving clever marketing going on out there.

So I'll simply say this: SPF 100 is meaningless. Please take my word for it. The key to success with sun protection is reapplication -- that's where most people fail. All SPF 100 does is give you a false sense of security.

A prominent dermatologist just told me this: "I don't care if you use SPF 15 or 500. If you don't reapply throughout the day you're wasting your time."

6 comments:

  1. I have a question for you then... after reading your recommendation for Clarins SPF 30 eye contour sunscreen, I purchased a bottle for myself right away. Do you wash your eye makeup off during the day to reapply? How often should sunscreen (in general) be reapplied?

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  2. Ah - that is a GREAT question. Short answer is no - you're probably good with the eye cream. Clearly I need to explain myself a little better. Will do that in a new post soon! There's a whole chemical VS physical sunscreen aspect that complicates thing.

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  3. shocking! spf 100 sounds ridiculous, but id be sucked into it if if wernt for you, ta

    guccilily

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  4. My dermatologist told me that anything above SPF 30 is a blob of chemicals, and that SPF 15-30 is mostly recommended.

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  5. I'm completely obsessed with sunscreen and have been working on finding a facial sunscreen that doesn't get greasy/shiny later on in the day. However, after reading up on some active ingredients (I'm a graduate student, research is what I do best), I got pretty sketched out about some active ingredients in sunscreens and decided to stick with zinc or titanium oxide-based sunblocks. However, my dermatologist told me these are probably what's clogging up my pores during the summer.

    I know you've gone fishing for now, but when you have the time could you please give your thoughts on that? What should I be looking for in a facial sunscreen, especially for the summer? Any product recommendations? Thanks so much!

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