Need recommendations for face sunscreen

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#1
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I love the daily sunscreen that I use at home under my tinted moisturizer. But on my recent travels, I realized that when I'm outside and active, the sunscreen gets into my eyes and stings. (Not normally a problem since I'm usually in an office all day....).

Can anyone suggest a good sunscreen for the face that doesn't run and/or doesn't sting if it gets into the eyes? I'm talking about use for active sightseeing, not for wearing at the beach or pool.

Thanks!
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My husband does a lot of outdoor work, and he shaves his head, so he has pretty strict requirements for sunscreen. He typically uses ones that are SPF50 and "sweat" resistant - the "sport" versions - to prevent eye stinging.

He's had some skin issues and we've played with physical blocks instead of chemical blocks. In the past, he never liked the white tint that remains - even when it's not "supposed" to. However- I found a CVS version that he really likes. He says applying it is like applying paste, but it STAYS in place - doesn't drip in his eyes -AND it doesn't leave a white film like some of the titanium or zinc dioxide versions do.

http://www.cvs.com/CVSApp/catalog/sh...ump&navCount=3

Personally - I use the Neutrogena ultra dry sheer spf 70 - but it's not great for sweat resistance. (actually, right now I'm using a Target store brand version of the Neutrogena ;-)
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Originally posted by Hoyaheel
My husband does a lot of outdoor work, and he shaves his head, so he has pretty strict requirements for sunscreen. He typically uses ones that are SPF50 and "sweat" resistant - the "sport" versions - to prevent eye stinging.

He's had some skin issues and we've played with physical blocks instead of chemical blocks. In the past, he never liked the white tint that remains - even when it's not "supposed" to. However- I found a CVS version that he really likes. He says applying it is like applying paste, but it STAYS in place - doesn't drip in his eyes -AND it doesn't leave a white film like some of the titanium or zinc dioxide versions do.

http://www.cvs.com/CVSApp/catalog/sh...ump&navCount=3

Personally - I use the Neutrogena ultra dry sheer spf 70 - but it's not great for sweat resistance. (actually, right now I'm using a Target store brand version of the Neutrogena ;-)
Thanks for the suggestion of the CVS brand. I've used Neutrogena religiously, but it burns my eyes so. I've also tried Korres as well. I like their after sun product for the face, it is very soothing.
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The nice thing about that CVS sunscreen is it's not very expensive, so try it - if it doesn't work, give it to a friend or leave it in your pool/gym bag in case someone you're with needs some, whatever. Better than spending $50 on something that doesn't work for you My husband is so picky about sunscreens- if I see something that might be good - I'll grab it to try (and if he doesn't like it - I'll end up using it at some point) Good luck!
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#5
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I'm not sure that a physical block is what I need; the idea of putting on something like paste isn't what I was envisioning! I won't be doing heavy work or be out in really hot temps -- so at most I'd be "glowing" not sweating. I really just want something similar to the moisturizer/sunscreen I'm using now but that won't make my eyes sting.
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Originally posted by cruisemom42
I really just want something similar to the moisturizer/sunscreen I'm using now but that won't make my eyes sting.
Very few of the sunscreens for sensitive skin are sweat resistant. I sweat, so that's what I go for on days I'm doing more than commuting to my office. If you don't sweat (eg you're serious when you say you only glow ;-), you might be able to get away with a sensitive skin formula. Otherwise, just try a sweat resistant/sport sunscreen. Most brands make them. Some even make them for faces specifically. We've also used Baby Faces in the past with good reviews:
http://www.amazon.com/Hawaiian-Tropi.../dp/B001ET6YF6
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Originally posted by Hoyaheel
Very few of the sunscreens for sensitive skin are sweat resistant. I sweat, so that's what I go for on days I'm doing more than commuting to my office. If you don't sweat (eg you're serious when you say you only glow ;-), you might be able to get away with a sensitive skin formula. Otherwise, just try a sweat resistant/sport sunscreen. Most brands make them. Some even make them for faces specifically. We've also used Baby Faces in the past with good reviews:
http://www.amazon.com/Hawaiian-Tropi.../dp/B001ET6YF6

Thanks, I like the idea of trying the Baby Faces sunblock. (And it comes with a travel size bottle, yay!)
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I like Coppertone for Faces...it's "whipped" and lightweight. I think there are storebrands with the same formulation. No "stinging" that I've ever experienced!
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Some of the mineral makeup offers some sun protection. I've also seen mineral powder sunscreen...I think Bare Escentuals and Peter Thomas Roth have them but not 100% sure. There are probably others. I've worn regular BE foundation out in the sun without getting burned but I have not tested it with heavy sweating and strong sun. Might be worth a shot.
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I use Clinique moisturizer and also use their sun block for faces if I'm going to be in strong sun or in the water, especially if I am not using makeup. It protects but does not sting if it gets in my eye. My DH uses it also on his face and head.

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ocean potion face spf 45 in a little jar, lasts, doesn't clog pores, made for surfers. its a great product.
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Ocean Potion Face Potion Clear Zinc SPF 45 1 oz

Goes on Clear Zinc Oxide is known worldwide for its sun protection qualities.
Face Potion SPF 45 goes on clear and protects the skin against both UVA & UVB sun rays.
Can be used on face, nose, ears, and even lips.
It is ideal for all outdoor activities.
•Won't Clog Pores
•Hypo-Allergenic
•Fragrance-Free
•Non-Greasy
•Absorbs Quickly
•Very Water Resistant
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#13
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I used the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer for face SPF 65 on our last cruise and didn't have a problem with it stinging my eyes. First sunblock I've found that I don't mind using on my face.
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Thanks for all the great ideas. I'm not a "bare minerals" fan, but it's good info for folks that use it. I do like Neutrogena products, so maybe I will give that a try first.

I also like Clinique -- what is the SPF of their sun block face product?
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The only thing that has ever worked for me to avoid the stinging eye thing is using the stick. Banana Boat and Hawaiian Tropic make a stick that I put on my forehead and face and then rub in. It does not run into my eye when I sweat or swim or snorkel. It does not make me break out or anything. Works great.
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Originally posted by cruisemom42
Thanks for all the great ideas. I'm not a "bare minerals" fan, but it's good info for folks that use it. I do like Neutrogena products, so maybe I will give that a try first.

I also like Clinique -- what is the SPF of their sun block face product?
Since you like Clinique, you may want to look into their new BB cream which is moisturizer, spf30, and sheer foundation all in one. It's $37.
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Originally posted by jdechter
Ocean Potion Face Potion Clear Zinc SPF 45 goes on clear
My husband disagrees This is one of the products he's tried and does not like the white film it leaves. So it's in my toiletry kit now - I hate waste
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Originally posted by CuTiAngel
Since you like Clinique, you may want to look into their new BB cream which is moisturizer, spf30, and sheer foundation all in one. It's $37.
But does it sting if it gets in your eyes? That's the main issue I have with my Aveeno moisturizer/sunscreen now. I love it otherwise, just can't use it when I'm likely to be outside sightseeing. My eyes water in the wind and sun, then I rub them and the sunscreen gets into them. I need something that won't cause this problem because it stings terribly.

Just recently it nearly ruined my day's sightseeing at Pompeii because once it got into my eye, it just kept stinging and watering the rest of the day.
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Originally posted by cruisemom42
But does it sting if it gets in your eyes? That's the main issue I have with my Aveeno moisturizer/sunscreen now. I love it otherwise, just can't use it when I'm likely to be outside sightseeing. My eyes water in the wind and sun, then I rub them and the sunscreen gets into them. I need something that won't cause this problem because it stings terribly.

Just recently it nearly ruined my day's sightseeing at Pompeii because once it got into my eye, it just kept stinging and watering the rest of the day.
Unlike drugstore brands, the clinique counter at Macy's wlii let you try it before committing to buying one. :-)