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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Lorna on

I have very fair skin, so I usually wear at least a 45 or 50 SPF when I’m going to be outside for a while. My moisturizer has 15 SPF. I noticed someone commented above that anything over a 30 SPF isn’t effective, but I used a 30 over the weekend because I couldn’t find my 45 SPF, and ended up with a sunburn. That never happens to me with the higher SPFs.

Jen S on

In the summer, I wear Shiseido’s Sunblock with SPF 55. It’s light and non-greasy. I can wear it underneath my makeup.

Mary K. on

I am extremely fair. I never tan, only freckle, and it seems like I burn the instant I step into the sun. I wear SPF 45 moisturizer on my face every day. I also wear SPF 45 on my body every day. When at the beach, pool or when exercising, I switch to sweat/water-proof SPF 50 and reapply every 2 hours.

lexi on

i am very fair, and have tried many different moisturizers with sunblock in them over the years, but they always seem to make my skin look greasy by mid day. i have “combination” skin (oiliness in the t-zone), but am normal to dry every where else. any recommendations, anyone???

also, i have heard for years that anything over 30 spf is just companies trying to make an extra buck, too.

just make sure your sunblock says BROAD SPECTRUM.

Brandy on


yvonne franceschi on

Since I’ve been living for a quite a while here in sunny
old San Juan, I really have to protect my self out of the
sun, usually I use Solbar PF 50, since I’m a very fair skin
I also use white cotton shirts with long sleeves, hat and sunglasses this is because
the dermotlogist as removed from my neck and chest sample
skin test which they turned out to be skin cancer. Since
the most dangerous time of the day is between 10:00 A:M to 2:00 P.M. I avoid to be out in the sun. So imagine living
near the beaches and canĀ“t enjoy myself having fun in the sun.

Ash on

Lexi, I am in the same boat as you- fair, combo skin, etc. I have been using Neutrogena Fresh Cooling Sunblock gel in SPF 30. Gels usually work better on people with oilier skin. Good luck!


I always wera 30 on my face, drop it down to 15 on my chest, arms and back, and then down to 8 on my legs! Quirky, but it works!

Lucy on

Lucy R. San Diego, CA

I’m from England so I’m not used to the sun! But when I go outside its 30 for my face and 45 for the rest everyday! No burning for me thanks!!!!!

Sarah on

I am a cancer survivor of Malignant Melanoma. I can’t stress to all of you enough how terrible cancer is and how important being safe in the sun is to your long term health. Best wishes!

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