I've worn sunscreen for as long as I can remember but I got really serious about wearing it everyday when I was 16. I was reading Teen Vogue magazine (spring 2001 with Katie Holmes on the cover) and there was an article on Sun damage. The article had a lot of information about the harmful effects of tanning/unprotected sun exposure. It discussed skin cancer, and showed photos of girls under the UV camera and the sun damage they had on their skin. Since reading it I have worn sunscreen of at least 30 everyday and a higher one in the summer. I could not find a copy of the article online.
Look for a sunscreen that has both UVA/UVB protection (to protect against premature aging of the skin and burning). For everyday facial use, I use Neutrogena Moisture oil free SPF 30 (Sun protection factor). It's a daily facial moisturizer with UVA/UVB sun protection. It is non greasy and doesn't clog pores. Another daily one I like is Olay complete.
For skin or on my face in the summer, I am a big wearer of Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen. You can get it in a lot of spf's starting at 30. It's great because it's light and non greasy.
I'm not saying I never go in the sun. I love the beach and the pool. I just always remember to apply and bring my sunscreen. All thanks to that Teen Vogue article.
Posted by Shannon