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Need new sunblock for my face. Recommendations?

Hey y'all! So, I've decided I'd like to try to start wearing a light sunblock on my face every day, like the dermatologists recommend. I have fairly sensitive skin and I'm usually a Clinique girl (the only thing I put on my face on a daily basis is a little of their lotion, the oil-free version).

I definitely don't want anything super heavy/sticky. Funny thing is, Clinique has a sunblock for the face, but I don't like it. It's tinted, like liquid foundation, and kind of gunky. (I did buy it kind of a long time ago, though, so maybe what they have now is better...?)

Anyway, I was hoping you ladies might have some ideas for me. I'd like to keep it under $10 if I can.

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    leia1979leia1979 member
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    edited December 2011
    I hate wearing stuff on my face...it always feels gross after a couple hours. This Neutrogena stuff is the only sunscreen I've found that doesn't feel icky.

    http://www.neutrogena.com/product/ultra+sheer+dry-touch+sunblock+spf+30.do?sortby=bestSellers

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    Beads921Beads921 member
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    A lot of moisturizers have sunblock in them. Mine has an SPF 15 I think (OK, so I know it's not great, but it's better than nothing) - you could try swapping out your regular moisturizer for one with sunblock. 

    I just recently bought a Coppertone oil free something for face for vacation, but I doubt it'd be much good for everyday use. 
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    leia1979leia1979 member
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    Oh, I'll add that my mom likes the Olay daily moisturizer with SPF 30. It doesn't work with my oily skin, but it's great for her.

    http://www.drugstore.com/olay-complete-defense-daily-uv-moisturizer-spf-30-sensitive-skin/qxp89628
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    edited December 2011
    I second Neutrogena!
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    marleylikeairmarleylikeair member
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    edited December 2011
    Omigosh, you guys are fantastic. I never thought to look for a different moisturizer--thanks, Beads. I think I'll see about getting some of the Neutrogena this weekend!
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    The Neutrogena dry touch 30 is good, but an even lighter, drier one that I've found is Olay Regnerist UV Defense SPF 15. Works better for my oily skin on a daily basis. I use the Neutrogena 30 when I'm going to be out for longer periods of time. Olay makes an SPF 20 that's good if you're skin is a bit more dry.


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    cu97tigercu97tiger member
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    I second Neutrogena. I live in AZ, where the sun is strong 12 months a year. I use this (clicky) on my face every day (it has 15 SPF), and use Dove soap to wash my face, and I've been told I have a great complexion for a 35 year old. 

    PS I once bough a specific 'face SPF' at CVS. It was 25 SPF and was the first sunblock that didn't make me break out. I loved it. It was years ago so I don't know what it was called but it might have even been their store brand. Check out Walgreens, Wal-Mart, CVS, etc for their store brands if you want something a little stronger.
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    desertsundesertsun member
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    edited December 2011
    The only thing is that all of the above have at least some avobenzone, which can irritate sensitive skin. It can be anything from a tiny, very bearable tingling to a burning that some people can't put up with. So if you get burny, the Clinique City Block Sheer SPF 25 might just be the best option as it has no avobenzone and is therefore less likely to irritate your skin.


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    edited December 2011
    I have sensitive skin as well and love Neutrogena stuff. I used to use this moisturizer: 
    http://www.neutrogena.com/product/oil-free+moisture+spf+35.do?sortby=bestSellers (which they also have in SPF 15) but I switched to this one a few months ago and really like it too:
    http://www.neutrogena.com/product/visibly+even-+daily+moisturizer+spf+30.do?sortby=bestSellers
    Depending on exactly how sensitive your skin is, I would be extra careful with the anti-aging type ones. I'm allergic to Retin-A (along with other things), which is in a lot of the anti-aging type ones. 
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    SopChickSopChick member
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    I have super fair, super sensitive skin (darn Irish genes!), so I find sunblock necessary, but tricky to buy. I just bought La Roche-Posay SPF 60 (the formula was actually less greasy/thick than all the lower SPF ratings) and I have been using it instead of my moisturizer. I used to love Clinique sunscreen (it seems from their site the products are different in Canada though) but they changed their formula, so now I am allergic to it.

    I would go into Sephora or something and just tell them your concerns. Sometimes I have been able to get samples of things when I tell them I have really sensitive skin. Usually with my skin the reaction (stinging, burning) happens immediately after putting on the product, so I know right away. At least with samples you would be able to try a few out without needing to buy a bunch of different ones.
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/special-topic-wedding-boards_not-engaged-yet_need-new-sunblock-face-recommendations?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Special Topic Wedding BoardsForum:136Discussion:3eb781eb-e0cf-4ee0-9e41-0190fb463850Post:66086c90-a550-4c23-b860-ce7c7854fb70">Re: Need new sunblock for my face. Recommendations?</a>:
    [QUOTE] I<strong>would go into Sephora</strong> or something and just tell them your concerns. Sometimes I have been able to get samples of things when I tell them I have really sensitive skin. Usually with my skin the reaction (stinging, burning) happens immediately after putting on the product, so I know right away. At least with samples you would be able to try a few out without needing to buy a bunch of different ones.
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    Marley, I also am in the market for a moisturizer with sunscreen as I recently changed my foundation and it doesn't have sunscreen in it (my other one did). 

    I have oily/combination/break-out-prone skin and usually use Aveda products. 

    I recently ordered the following from sephora.com:

    <a href="http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml%3B$sessionid$CRQZES3DT05XYCV0KQLQX0Q;jsessionid=CRQZES3DT05XYCV0KQLQX0Q?id=P282914&categoryId=B70">http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml%3B$sessionid$CRQZES3DT05XYCV0KQLQX0Q;jsessionid=CRQZES3DT05XYCV0KQLQX0Q?id=P282914&categoryId=B70</a>

    and

    <a href="http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml%3B$sessionid$CRQZES3DT05XYCV0KQLQX0Q;jsessionid=CRQZES3DT05XYCV0KQLQX0Q?id=P276330&categoryId=B70">http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml%3B$sessionid$CRQZES3DT05XYCV0KQLQX0Q;jsessionid=CRQZES3DT05XYCV0KQLQX0Q?id=P276330&categoryId=B70</a>

    (I know they are both a little more than you were wanting to spend.)

    I have not received them yet, but I will let you know what I think once I get them and use them.  I am suggesting them because I have done some pretty extensive research and they both seem to be quality products.

    The "Supergoop" brand had a great price for the amount of product you receive and I liked that it was higher in SPF.  The Sephora brand had great reviews, though.  So, I bought them both because Sephora has a GREAT return policy.  Basically, as long as you have your receipt, you can return the item.  Bath and Body Works also has a great return policy.  You could use the entire product and return it to them and they will give you your money back.

    So, I definitely recommend going to one of these kinds of stores because you can try different products and aren't out any money if they don't work for you.

    However, the CVS stores in my area do give a refund for cosmetic items that have been used if they don't work for you.  I don't know if it's limited to certain products, though.

    Good luck!
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    marleylikeairmarleylikeair member
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    edited December 2011
    Holy cow. You guys are amazing. Thanks for all the ideas!

    I wish I had a Sephora close by. Sometimes I feel like I moved to the boonies. Must keep telling myself that if the city can support a professional ballet company, it's not the boonies!
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    edited December 2011
    I use Olay and Arbonne. I'm super fair, sensitive, and dry skinned. I have to get spray-on tanned to not look like a ghost. Arbonne has always been awesome for me, and the Olay product I stumbled on. The one I use is for all skin types, and its just a daily moisturizer, SPF 15 or 20? 
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    hannahnolahannahnola member
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    For me I personally like Oil of Olay. I find it light and does not leave a white film, like some do. I find Neutrogena spf 30 does, I am Arabic so it may not blend enough and show.

    So my vote is,

    Oil of Olay Complete with UV Protection Lotion

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    edited December 2011
    I like Aveeno.  They have a "calming" moisturizer for sensitive skin that is also SPF 15. 
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    edited December 2011
    I don't know if you'd want to use it daily or not (I usually only use it when I'm going to be outside for a decent amount of time).  I've got pretty sensitive skin, too (no dyes or perfumes for me - just hugging someone who has on a perfume or laundry detergent that bothers me can make me itchy all over).  So, when I do wear sunblock, I use waterbabies (actually the store brand most of the time - I've used both Walmart & Target).  I've been using it for years and I've never broken out and it's got an SPF of around 45 or 50.
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    edited December 2011
    I use the Aveeno "calming" face lotion as well, it's the only thing I can use that doesn't make me break out.  It comes in SPF 15 and SPF 30.  I'm outside here in sunny Colorado most of the day, everyday, and the SPF 15 + a hat works wonders! 
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    smoothsailingsmoothsailing member
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    I recently started using a daily moistuirzer with SPF too! I guess it finally hit me that I'm getting older and need to start taking care of my skin now. I work with Eucerin and really like their Everyday Protection face lotion. I'm pretty picky since I didn't want anything that felt greasy and think underneath make-up, but this stuff is actually really good. It's designed for sensitive skin, so it won't irritate you skin.

    Hope you find something that works for you!
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