Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Choose or Lose

What level of SPF do you use on a daily basis?

  • SPF 15 (32%, 1,121 Votes)
  • SPF 30 (17%, 589 Votes)
  • Over SPF 45 (17%, 573 Votes)
  • Less than SPF 15 (12%, 422 Votes)
  • SPF 31-45 (8%, 278 Votes)
  • SPF 20 (8%, 273 Votes)
  • SPF 25 (6%, 203 Votes)

Total Voters: 3,459

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48 thoughts on “What level of SPF do you use on a daily basis?

  1. GUSnail

    In the winter I’m less picky, but in the summer I wear 30spf all the time.

  2. Cat

    SPF 15 sunscreen, under my SPF 15 foundation for my face. Too bad that doesn’t add up to SPF 30! I wear SPF 30 on my everything besides my face though.

  3. April

    Every day I rely on the SPF from my moisturizer and foundation, which are both 15. During the summer or when I plan to be outside for much of the day I also use a neutrogena liquid sunscreen with SPF 70. I’m hoping that pays off when I’m 40 with flawless skin and the rest of the women my age are wrinkly and leathery!

  4. nitnot

    My day moisturizer has SPF 25++, and my foundation has 20. Does that add up to 40?? However I hardly got outside. When I absolutely know I will be out, I put on my Kose SPF 50!

  5. Winter I do see a lot of sun during the day but during the spring summer and fall I go for a high as i can 60 to 110. I can burn in as little as 15 minutes so you but i get the longest lasting on.

    I do find that my foundation has enough physical sun block with my primer to work all day for me when I go full coverage but on most days I don’t wear foundation so it’s also about the sunscreen.

  6. Daniela

    I never use SPF. Unless I’m at the beach trying to get a tan I never wear SPF. I should mention that have fair skin so I should use it. I’m bad, I know.

  7. Saffy

    I’m not an outdoorsy person so I stick with SPF 15 most days, but if I know I’m going outside for a long period of time I always wear a hat and SPF 30.

  8. Adriana

    I live in the Caribbean so I use Neutrogena Age Shield SPF 110 on my face everyday. I also spray my neck and arms with Neutrogena Ultra Sheer spray in SPF 100.

  9. I use a really high SPF (50), but use a lot less of it than you’re supposed to because I can’t get 1/2 teaspoon of that stuff on my face – it would just stay white all day and never sink in. If you use less, you get less SPF protection, so I figure by using less of a 50 SPF lotion, I’m still getting around 30spf – which they say is really the highest you can get!

    • I should mention, I’m in Southern California. Even though I’m not outdoorsy, I get exposed to a lot of strong UV almost every day, just driving around and walking through parking lots. That’s why I’m so militant about it – I’d be a little more relaxed in a less sunny climate.

  10. During the winter months, I go for SPF 15, but now that it’s getting sunnier, I reach for SPF 30 and SPF 50 during the really sunny days of summer :)

  11. Chelsea

    I’m an extremely fair redhead, and I wear SPF 60 every day. I have trouble with a lot of sunscreens breaking me out (I can’t wear chemical sunscreens, and all Neutrogena sunscreens break me out), but I’ve been using Vanicream with no problems.

  12. Sam

    My moisturizer has SPF50 in it, but I feel its necessary for my unearthly pale skin.

    When my family took a vacation in Florida last August, my mom made me wear SPF70 because she swore on her life I would be the one to leave with sunburn. Lol I think it’s time I start working on my tan.

  13. AnnMarie

    I live in the Pacific northwest. I use no Spf in the winter here. But in the summer, I use spf 30 or higher.

  14. AnGeLwInGz

    I’m so bad I know. The only SPF item I use is Jack Black lip balm.

  15. Mariella

    My regular daytime moisturizers (Clarins, Clinique and Ole Henriksen) all have an SPF of 20. If I’m going to be out in strong sun (lunching on an outdoor patio, etc.) I use a much higher SPF – generally Kiehl’s with SPF 50.

  16. everytomorrow

    I’ve yet to find a formula with SPF that doesn’t break me out or make me blotchy if I use it consistently, so I use stuff without SPF for daily wear. But I have really fair skin and burn easily, so if I know I’m going to be out in the sun a lot I use SPF 15 or 30 on my more sensitive face and stronger sunscreen on the less-sensitive rest of me.

    It’s a tough line to walk, sun will damage my skin, but I also have a few places where my reaction to SPF moisturizers over a long period damaged my skin. Mostly I try to keep to the shade!

  17. Dana

    Whatever happens to be in the foundation I’m using, if any. I don’t wear any unless I am going to be outside for any amount of time. On an average day I am outside for a total of 10 minutes, tops. When I’m going to be outdoors for any amount of time I usually wear 30+. When I’m going to the beach I wear 45+

  18. Carol

    I wear at least an SPF 30 sunscreen everyday, rain or shine. At least a half teaspoon on my face and neck, plus extra for any other exposed areas. In the summertime I switch to a SPF 50 sunscreen.

  19. Uhm.. I actually don’t use ANY SPF on a daily basis o.Ô

  20. Lee

    I wear Elta Clear 46 everyday – it’s lightweight and non-greasy, perfect under make-up. I’m a redhead in Texas so I’ve got to wear something. I also need to start using a SPF hand cream, I haven’t been and my hands are looking patchy.

  21. Gemma

    In Australia we have quite strict labelling regulations for SPF, so the stuff we can buy here is at most 30+. Primary sunscreens (ie normal sunscreen) can only be labelled as a maximum of SPF 30+, and secondary sunscreen (ie something that has another primary function, like moisturisers or makeup) can only be labelled as a maximum SPF 15+.

    So I use 30+ on my body and 15+ on my face for “indoors days” and 30+ all over for “outdoors days”.

    • Haha, when I first moved there that confused me a lot; to the point that I asked my husband to bring me higher SPF sunscreen. XD; (Thank Heavens for Invisible Zinc)

  22. Chynna

    15 for incidental sun (driving to and from work) and 30-45 for any times I actually plan to be out in the sun, like lunch on a patio or in the park. If I’m going to be in the sun for more than an hour, I bring it along with me to reapply.

  23. tuss

    Because most foundations with spf have spf 15, that’s what I use. I don’t use sunscreen under it, only if my current day cream happens to have it, it’s nothing I look for in products. Maybe I should. Would appreciate if someone told me reasons to why it’s important to use spf.

    • barbara

      so you don’t get skin cancer and sun spots and aging skin?

        • Kelly B

          Hi Tuss, I left a mega message below yours that will help you understand exactly why you should wear SPF. If you have a minute to read it, I really hope it provides some insight and hopefully some incentive for your to consider adding a step that literally takes 30 seconds to your morning routine! Barbara’s reply to you is more accurate than any of use wants to image! Kelly B.

  24. The tinted moisturizer I’m using has an SPF of 50. If I’m going bare-faced, though, my regular moisturizer is SPF 30.

  25. Kelly B

    Christine, you may decide not to include this MEGA comment…please understand I am not trying to scare anyone. I am trying to educate using the information I have learned in the past year, as we continue to tried to save my life. I have Melanoma…skin cancer…the only kind that can metastasize and spread into your organs and kill you. In the past 1 1/2 years I have had horrific surgeries where they cut out so much of my leg there was not enough leg to stay closed and both surgical wounds got infected requiring me to be hospitalized for 33 days. I know the information I am giving is correct because my oncologist who I see every 4 months and dermatologist who I see every 3 months for skin cancer checks told me this information. I am not a tanner and I have always used sunscreen, so I didn’t do anything out of the normal that caused me to get cancer. Here is what I have been told by the specialists: Never use a tanning booth, not even a couple of times according to my surgical oncologist who is one of the leading researches in the US. If you have tanned, don’t be scared or freak out…just stop using the tanning booths. Always, no matter what time of the year use sunscreen…I live in a cold state where it has snowed on July 4th several years, you need sunscreen EVERY day. You must use at least SPF 30 sunscreen…not multiples makeup products that add up to 30. The ingredients and amount of each one is what is more important than the SPF #…look it up on skin cancer sites and you will find out what you need to have in the sunscreen for it to even make a difference in wearing one or not. The 2 sunscreens that I use have been approved by my skin cancer dermatologist: Josie Maran Argan Oil Daily Moisturizer with SPF 40 for the face and when I see him next week I will be asking if he approves the ingredients and quantity of them in Josie Maran’s new body sunscreen. For now on the body I use Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 30 or SPF 45 dependent upon what is better price. “Fact” per dermatologist: You only need SPF 30 anything with a higher SPF # does not do anything more to provide protection. What does matter: the ingredients and quantity of them as mentioned above, at least SPF 30, put on more than you ever thought you need, wear it on your face and body every day, reapply at least every 3-4 hours even if you are not swimming or sweating. You also really should put SPF on your entire body under your clothes but that is not realistic for most people. Wearing darker and thicker weave clothing provides more protection that a sheer white burnout top as an example. Make sure you wear sunglasses that block both type of rays from your eyes because to my horror I have learned you can get Melanoma in your eyes (a local person where I live lost and eye and later her life)…it’s easy, just wear the right protection sunglasses that cover as much of your eye area as possible (which gives the added bonus of helping to reduce signs of aging around the eye…sweet). By the time I was 24, I lost my entire family to other types of cancer. I’m much older now and Melanoma was just a word I had heard. But now, I am fighting for my life…and it will be an issue every day that I am alive…it doesn’t just go away after surgeries. Nobody every told me any of this stuff. Please don’t be scared, just educated and take care of yourselves. FYI…after the cancer I decided to step up my game and try to wear some makeup on the days I can manage putting it on for a self esteem boost. Trying to educate myself on new products is how I found your website. Christine, you have taught me so much thereby allowing me to spend my limited income on the best products for my needs. Thank you!!! Maybe one day I’ll hit the lottery and win one of your huge Make Up For Ever or Mac contests…thank you for doing so many give contests…that is so generous of you. I’m sorry this was so long.

    • Thank you for sharing your story, Kelly! I really appreciate all of the information you’re sharing, and I am sending good vibes your way and hope you’re on your way to recovery.

      • Kelly B

        Christine thank you, Miss J., ninot, Regina and Mila for your kind words and positive comments. I was REALLY nervous about writing a mile long comment but was heart broken as I read everyone else describe their daily routine and looked at the numbers on the poll. I just couldn’t stay silent. I am grateful for the support and touched that each of you cared enough to leave me a reply…I assure each person that your words will help me gain internal strength during the difficult days! Kelly

    • Miss J

      Thank you for sharing all the info you’ve learned along with your story, Kelly! Positive thoughts going out to you!!

    • nitnot

      Thank you so much for this. <3

    • Regina

      Thanks for sharing with us. I definitely agree that you should use more than just makeup products with SPF on your face. I use the Josie Maran Argan Oil Daily Moisturizer SPF 40 as well. I am glad to know that it is a good sunblock. I like it because it’s very natural.

      I will pray for you. Stay strong. :)

      • Kelly B

        Thank you Regina! My dermatologist had never heard of Josie Maran before, but I also like her natural approach as I seem to be allergic or sensitive to so many ingredients that sometimes simple and natural is best for me. My dermatologist was impressed enough to go back for a second look at her name and the product for his own future information. Sure made me feel good since I’ve switched over to a lot of her products. I hope he likes the ingredients/amounts in her body sunscreen as I really want to try it out. clarification, the SPF 30 is all you need…but you aren’t harming anything by getting more, it just doesn’t do anything better for you so if something is more expensive for higher SPF there is no need to spend the money. That’s why I use SPF 40 on my face, that is all J.M. makes. Thank you again for your kind words.

    • mila

      Thank you so much for in depth information. This is so important for everyone. I wish you all the best in recovery process.

      I would like to ask your/your dermatologist’s view on UV index (The Ultraviolet (UV) Index is an international standard measurement of how strong UVR from the sun is at a particular place on a particular day). According to WHO when the UV index is 0-2, no sunscreen is needed. I live in Scandinavia where November-March there is no hope of UV index above 1. If there is a lot of snow it can double the UV index affect. And in the summer we are lucky is we get UV index 6.

      Have you had any discussion with your dermatologist about the affect of UV index and do you know the range of your area?

      • Kelly B

        Hi Mila, thank you for your good wishes!!! Our UV index today was 6…it can get much higher (an 8 hour drive away had a UV index of 10 today). I cannot speak to why you are told no sunscreen is needed with lower UV ratings and I am completely ignorant about your location. All I can tell you is that my dermatologist has specialized in Melanoma, along with other areas of his practice, for over 20 years. He STRONGLY feels that SPF 30 face AND BODY are needed every single day regardless of winter/summer, weather, UV rating, none of those variables affect his recommendation. I have yet to see him so adamant and passionate about anything else that he has educated me on since my diagnosis and his addition to my medical “team”. I am so proud of you for taking the time to research and learn about what is needed where you live, I wish I could be of more help…hopefully I gave a hint of info. Thanks! Kelly

        • mila

          Hi Kelly!

          Thank you so much! This was already so beneficial.

          SPF 30 (EU version with PPD 19) in La Roche Posay products is so light that it is of no issue to use in the winter as well. So I will add it to my program.

          I’m so happy that excellent quality information is so readily available for everyone who is interested. I really liked the Australian skin cancer website. Easy to understand and use.


  26. I grew up in Florida and my mom never put sunscreen on us kids. Now, as a result of that, I have a lot of sun damage. I wear an spf of at least 40 every day, usually Clarins.

  27. Makaegan

    SPF30 every day. It comes either from my Neutrogena Dry Touch, used as a moisturizer if I’m wearing foundation or just from by BB cream. I’m Italian so I wouldn’t burn without it or anything…I just like to use it to protect my skin from possible future damage.

  28. I use at least SPF 50 (preferably physical blocker), because I tan and get dark spots very easily. >:

    It was confusing when I was living in Australia, though, since by law, no sunscreen should be labeled as SPF 30. So you CAN get SPF 31 sunscreen or higher, but they would all be labeled as “SPF 30+”.

  29. Naie

    I’m not too concerned about SPF rating past 30 if it’s PA++, it’s just that the only sunscreen that agrees with my skin is the physical blocks used in Shiseido SPF 60.

  30. At the moment I use SPF15, when summer comes then maybe I start using higher SPF.

  31. mila

    La Roche Posay SPF 50 with PPD 38 in the spring/summer/fall (the EU version highest possible – comparable to 60+ US version). In the winter our UVA stays under 3, usually 0 so no need for sunscreen. In the foundation I have SPF 15, but that is nothing.

  32. 30 all year, 50 if im outside mid day in the summer

  33. On my body I tend to only use 15, but on my face I use 30.
    My skin is weird in the way that it doesn’t seem to react to the sun. I’m sure my skin is still getting damage from the sun, but it just is in no way visible. I hardly tan AT ALL and have never in my life had sunburn, not even when I lived in the south of France as a baby or on holidays to Spain and Portugal, just nada, nothing at all. I do get freckles, as I have ginger genes, even though I’m naturally brunette, I have Irish and Scottish roots, and a lot of my family have red hair and the easily burnt skin that goes with it.
    I don’t always use SPF separate from my makeup though, my moisturiser (The Body Shop Vitamin E Intense Moisture Cream) doesn’t contain any, and my foundation only has SPF 6, so I’m kinda naughty… Haha (: Although as it’s getting sunnier and sunnier, I’m cracking out my huge bottle of SPF 30! (: