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How Much Sunscreen Is Enough?

Dr. Adrienne Denese is a leading expert on the topic of skin care, particularly when it comes to antiaging regimens. She's got a complete line of products available on QVC, from sun protection to antiacne formulations. Thanks to Denese, I'll be sharing some of her tips on how to keep your skin looking its best. Find out what she has to say about how much sunscreen we should be wearing on sunny Spring and Summer days, along with how often we need to reapply, when you


When it comes to the chalky, shiny, pore-clogging, and greasy outcomes that many sunscreens provide, Denese feels your pain. "If your current sunscreen feels just like this," she says, "do not struggle with yourself in trying to wear it every day. Throw it in the trash and find a sunscreen that is a joy to wear."

For the face, Denese says that SPF 30 is a must, with a formulation that includes both UVA and UVB broad spectrum coverage. She also recommends finding a product that provides more than just the benefit of sun protection for the skin. Her lightweight SPF 30 Day Defense Cream ($75) does just that, working as both a day cream and makeup, too. "The color is a unique self-adjusting color that is based on melanin, the inherent color pigment of your skin, so it matches skin colors from snow white to medium dark," she says.

As for how often you should be applying your sunscreen, for an SPF 30, you probably only need to apply once in the morning. "The only exception to this rule is if you are outdoors, sweating, or you are on the beach," Denese adds. Lather up!


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cloroxcowgirl cloroxcowgirl 8 years
$75 for sunscreen? No thanks! I'll stick with Eucerin.
0037sammie 0037sammie 8 years
Ulgh, for that price, no thanks...
sldc sldc 8 years
Awfully pricey. I refuse to use chemical sunscreens or anything over spf30 anymore (too heavy and overkill for the increase in actual protection.) We need some sun and I think people need to learn moderation. Too much sun and so much suncreen that you are Vitamin D deficient is plain dumb. The risk of melanoma is so much lower than the numerous risks associated with not enough sunlight.
LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 8 years
I wouldn't go over a SPF 30 ever...if I wear any at all.
sofi sofi 8 years
:oops: oops- I just saw the 'zinc-oxide based' on the label but that isn't anything out of the ordinary or breakthrough for this price tag!
sofi sofi 8 years
This is ridiculous! $75 for what?! I can't even find the ingredients on the site. I'll be happy with my Neutrogena. I always look for something with at least SPF30 and a physical block of titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. Helioplex complex also stabilizes the sunscreen. No thanks to her 'melanin technology'. :rotfl:
Medellia Medellia 8 years
Yergh $75 for a 4oz tube? Ye gods. I use DDF Moisturizing Dew with SPF 15. Of course I've been blessed with already being born tan so I don't need super strength SPF. I do however use SPF 50 when I know I'll be outside for an extended amount of time. I just wish more cosmetic companies who make Tinted Moisturizer made them STABLE.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
ktc71 ktc71 8 years
$75 for a 4oz tube? Yikes!
Allytta Allytta 8 years
how come she says it needs to be applied only once in the morning? does that garantee it will be effective in the evening when the sun is setting?
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