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Monday, June 16, 2008

Don't spend much on sunscreen (except for Anthelios SX with Mexoryl)

Generally, the pricier a sunscreen is the less of it you might use to "stretch" it out, so affordable brands like Coppertone, Banana Boat and Neutrogena are your best buys, with one exception:
Mexoryl
This breakthrough sunscreen ingredient provides far better protection than commonly used UVA filters such as Oxybenzone, Titanium Dioxide or Parsol 1789. Used in Europe since 1993, Mexoryl received long awaited FDA approval in 2006 and is sold in the US as Anthelios SX Daily Moisturizing Sunscreen with Mexoryl SPF 15 (apx. $29 for 3.5 oz.). This product combines the sunscreen ingredient Parsol® 1789* with Mexoryl™ SX (ecamsule) for optimum protection.

Dermatologists are crazy about this product because it has the highest protection against harmful broad UVA and UVB rays (short and long wavelengths), it's the most complete broad-spectrum protection, it's the first sunscreen approved by the FDA in 18 years and it provides 24 hour protection! Check it out at amazon.com or drugstore.com. If the product's a tad pricey for you, save it for the most sun exposed spots including your face, chest and hands (and your scalp if you're a baldie), and use other dependable yet less expensive sunscreens for the rest of you.

1 comment:

AubreyM said...

All the care-free (sunscreen-free) years spent in my 20's have now come to haunt me as I settle into my "new 20's". The evidence is in the fine facial lines that friends and family can't help but point out much to my annoyance! I now make it a point to not live home without first slathering SPF but I'm yet to find a good one. Good in terms of I can apply it close to my eyes without making them blood shot; it makes a good base for makeup (doesn't peel or rub off) and ofcourse provides the highest sun protection.
Thanks for the tip. I shall try this brand!