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What factor sun cream do you wear?

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Posey Sat 16-Jul-05 20:53:58

Dh and I were talking about when we were kids and high factor sun cream was 8, and most of the time we wore SPF4 (we're both in our late 30s, so this was the 70s).
Now we routinely wear SPF30 and both of us have quite "tough" skins, not sensitive at all.

So what SPF do you wear?

WideWebWitch Sat 16-Jul-05 20:55:17

50, total block.

jane313 Sat 16-Jul-05 21:00:03

Theres not a hugfe amount of difference after factor 15, according to the cancer research website

"factor 15 sunscreen offers about 93% protection
factor 30 sunscreen offers about 96% protection
factor 60 sunscreen offers about 98% protection"

wysiwyg Sat 16-Jul-05 21:02:52

Factor 30. MIL commented to me recently about my "tan" as my arms have still gone brown, and was surprised when I told her I wear Factor 30.
I think the trend is now to keep out of the sun and not burn/tan.

(Have to confess though that I did use Ambre Solaire factor 2 tanning oil when I was MUCH younger)

dizzymama Sat 16-Jul-05 21:16:24

Factor 30 or Dd's factor 50 but still burn so generally just have to keep out of the sun in a hat and baggy white linen shirt!!

kama Sat 16-Jul-05 21:16:54

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KBear Sat 16-Jul-05 21:42:35

I am a suncream freak - factor 50 and always a t-shirt for DS aged 3, factor 35 on DD (6) and facial suncream factor 40 on her face but factor 50 if she's in the pool. They both nagged their big cousins (teenagers) today who couldn't be bothered with suncream! We won! I always wear 35.

Miaou Sat 16-Jul-05 21:43:42

Factor 60 when I remember - but frequently forget and get burnt (am very fair skinned). Very stupid of me - I know I should just stick it on every time I go out in the summer but I never do.

KristinaM Sat 16-Jul-05 21:45:33

Factor 60. Plus cover up in the sun and keep kids in/in the shade between 11-3 if very hot.

myermay Sat 16-Jul-05 21:48:26

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spacecadet Sat 16-Jul-05 22:43:43

factor 60 had a dodgy mole removed 12 years ago so dont take any chances.

nannyjo Sat 16-Jul-05 22:45:09

here only factor 10 and i tan well.

Abroad a higher one i burn too easily. Home sun is so kinder i think

CarolinaMoon Sat 16-Jul-05 22:49:16

like jane says, there isn't much difference. usually 15 or 20. am fairly pale so don't go in for much sunbathing anyway.

mandyc66 Sat 16-Jul-05 23:16:49

I dont but always make the children where 30.

Hulababy Sun 17-Jul-05 21:29:52

I wear at least factor 25 in UK; higher abroad. I burn easily. DD always wears at least factor 30-40 and sunblock on her face. She, luckily, does not burn eaasily by the looks of it. We also top it up really regularly, ever couple of hours at least.

GeorginaA Sun 17-Jul-05 21:31:26

Factor 50 - but then that's because I'm tight and share the kids' suntan lotion

HappyDaddy Mon 18-Jul-05 09:42:34

I always use sunblock. Whether abroad or at home, I get to spend all of 30 mins of the first day shirtless in the sun and after that it's a shirt all day for the rest of my holiday.

fishfinger Mon 18-Jul-05 09:43:58

ooooooh you lot are soooooooooo sensible
15 if i have to

or 8

( yes i knwo but fgs live a littel)

fishfinger Mon 18-Jul-05 09:44:47

broing borign boring

jessicaandbumpsmummy Mon 18-Jul-05 09:44:54

factor 50 fro me, dh and jess. Jess was the only one NOT to burn on saturday though, and has nice brown legs now!

me, a bit pink on my shoulder blades, probabyl an area i didnt quite reach, and DH well he looks like a lobster!

Really must see if i can get some higher factor!

fairyfly Mon 18-Jul-05 09:45:21

I use olive oil

fishfinger Mon 18-Jul-05 09:45:23

well we all know aaa doesnt use any on her burny tits

fishfinger Mon 18-Jul-05 09:45:40

god ff I did do that int he 80s! ( think it was extra vigrin)
snort

fairyfly Mon 18-Jul-05 09:46:48

and lie on tin foil

HappyDaddy Mon 18-Jul-05 09:47:03

ff, I wish. Have you ever had sunburn on the back of your knees or soles of your feet? I have and it's feckin' agony. I come home whiter than before I went away! LoL

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