StyleWatch Editors Want to Know: What's Your SPF?

04/25/2007 at 01:00 PM ET

As summer approaches, our thoughts turn to picnics, long days at the beach, road trips — and wearing the right SPF.  From our tinted moisturizer to the heavy duty creams that come out for full days soaking up rays, we have a whole range of SPF products shoved into our bulging bathroom shelves.  With sunny months ahead, we want to know what SPF you’re wearing (and hopefully reapplying like Penelope Cruz does!). Tell us: What SPF do you wear during the summer? Do you switch around depending on your activities and expected sun exposure? 

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Kelly in Canada on

I tan really easily, but also have quite a few moles so I try to just cover up (you should see my hat collection). I like coppertone 45spf non-oily stuff–good for the face too!
To the comment about being allergic; at health food stores you can find that zinc sunblock. It is thick, but works!

Tiffy on

I use regular Coppertone SPF 15 (not the oil-free)

I have dry facial skin and live in Eastern Canada, and believe it or not, I use it as a facial moisturizer during winter ; It works great ! (maybe because of the Jojoba oil)

NouF on

SPF 15 Neutrogena, daily!

vozbelle on

I wear SPF15 moisturizer every day, SPF 15 lotion for my body. My makeup also contains SPF15. If I am going to be out in the sun for extended periods I use SPF 30. Neutrogena Dry Sheer SPF30 and the Neutrogena Cool Mist Spray for body. Not exposed to a lot of sun on daily basis but the 30 min sun from my commute could just be enough to damage. I don’t want to look back in my thirties hoping I had taken better care of my skin. Wear some bronzer, complementing clothing colors to accentuate your skin tone and let all your friends be wrinkled and damaged!
Michelle D., 24, Maryland

Mary on

I’m very fair and burn easily, so I don’t leave the house without SPF 60 on my face and 50 on the rest. I still manage a few good burns a year, though!

Ashley on

I learn something new every time I visit this site! I really had no idea about nothing being over spf 30 – thanks ladies! I had been wearing Banana Boat spf 45 on my face, and 15 everywhere else (and reapplying often, especially if I went swimming, or just sweated a lot). I really love being in the sun, it even helps me sleep better. Have a safe, fun summer everyone!!

Kari Ann on

I get the highest I can (usually 45-70). I carry a small bottle of the sunscreen in my purse wherever I go; I even slather it on my arms when I’m driving so I don’t get a “driver’s tan”! I have very fair skin (almost goth-y pale) and try to keep it that way. I’m also a fan of sunglasses and hats to keep the sun off my face.
-Kari Ann M., Lexington, KY

KC on

I am lucky and got my dad’s olive skin. I tan very easily, and I hardly ever burn. I use SPF 4 on my body and 30 on my face, just to stop the slight redness I get on my nose and cheeks when I am out in the sun! My mom is very fair, she has red hair, and never tans, always burns, and she uses Ocean Potion SPF 30, and it works really well for her. She doesn’t burn if she reapplies it enough. We have a boat, so we are out in the sun every weekend during the summer, and since she started using Ocean Potion, she has hardly ever burned! Just a tip!

laura on

I always use 45…I burn so bad!

But what I am wondering is why Penelope has her bathing suit tucked into her butt crack?!

Sophia on

I am 29,pale with light brown hair and I live in Greece.This winter was so warm and sunny that gave me some new freckles and summer is not just here yet!My SPF15 day cream is not enough any more during winter.I have already switched to 30 for facial and I will reach to 45-60 for face and body during summer.

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