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    • Hengus
    • By Hengus 24th Jun 18, 11:42 AM
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    Sun Cream
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    • 24th Jun 18, 11:42 AM
    Sun Cream 24th Jun 18 at 11:42 AM
    I spent a period of my childhood in Singapore and, 50 years on, I have recently been diagnosed as having patches of actinic keratoses. My dermatologist recommends liberal use of high SPF/High UVA star rated sun creams even in cloudy conditions.

    My wife is getting fed up walking out alongside someone who looks like he is a relative of Dracula. I would be interested to know if any MSErs have found a high protection/low cost sun cream that doesn't give the skin a ghostly white look? I have tried Wilko, Lidl, Boots Soltan and Nivea and they all have a similar skin whitening effect.
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    • GwylimT
    • By GwylimT 24th Jun 18, 12:54 PM
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    Ultrasun is good, I need to wear it everyday and you can!!!8217;t see it after about ten minutes.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 24th Jun 18, 1:53 PM
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    Trying having a look on Amazon for some Asian Sunscreens, they're very cosmetically elegant which means you won't have a white cast as you've had with the others you've tried. Or you could try some French sunscreens, La Roche Posay, Vichy, Biodema and Eucerin all have some good SPFs which don't leave a white cast. Websites like Cocooncenter and Easyparapharmacie means you can get them at a decent price.
    • sammyjammy
    • By sammyjammy 24th Jun 18, 5:40 PM
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    A second rec for Ultrasun, they do a factor 50+, its not "cheap" but its definitely value for money, you can get some good prices in tkmaxx but their stock is a bit hit and miss, worth looking at QVC website for price checks but make sure you take into account the ridiculous postage!
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    • Hengus
    • By Hengus 24th Jun 18, 7:15 PM
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    • 24th Jun 18, 7:15 PM
    Great advice - thank you. For young sun seekers who like the sun, my advice would be take care. The treatment for AK varies from cryotherapy (freezing the lesions) to 3 week's of treatment with a rather nasty chemotherapy cream which dermatologists call '5FU'.(Flouracil). A generous application of sunscreen is a small price to pay if it prevents AKs from developing: the cream does though play havoc with shirt cuffs and collars.
    • florain
    • By florain 24th Jun 18, 8:42 PM
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    My OH has the same skin problems and his dermatologist told him to use Altruist sunscreen.
    Its not advertised, to save money, and only available through Amazon. Specially developed by dermatologists for people, like you, who don't like 'heavy' creams.
    Not expensive compared to other products.
    Lots of info on their Amazon page.
    We are using it for the second summer and find it very good.
    • Hermia
    • By Hermia 24th Jun 18, 9:13 PM
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    • 24th Jun 18, 9:13 PM
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    • 24th Jun 18, 9:13 PM
    I use Bioderma Photoderm Max SPF50. It is not the cheapest but suits my sensitive skin and doesn't look white.
    • Hengus
    • By Hengus 26th Jun 18, 5:52 PM
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    • 26th Jun 18, 5:52 PM
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    • 26th Jun 18, 5:52 PM
    My OH has the same skin problems and his dermatologist told him to use Altruist sunscreen.
    Its not advertised, to save money, and only available through Amazon. Specially developed by dermatologists for people, like you, who don't like 'heavy' creams.
    Not expensive compared to other products.
    Lots of info on their Amazon page.
    We are using it for the second summer and find it very good.
    Originally posted by florain
    I ordered a couple of 100ml 50SPF packs yesterday afternoon for 9.06 off eBay from an Israeli seller. Amazon delivered them this morning! I will let you know how I get on.
    • GwylimT
    • By GwylimT 26th Jun 18, 5:57 PM
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    • 26th Jun 18, 5:57 PM
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    • 26th Jun 18, 5:57 PM
    My OH has the same skin problems and his dermatologist told him to use Altruist sunscreen.
    Its not advertised, to save money, and only available through Amazon. Specially developed by dermatologists for people, like you, who don't like 'heavy' creams.
    Not expensive compared to other products.
    Lots of info on their Amazon page.
    We are using it for the second summer and find it very good.
    Originally posted by florain
    I used to have this prescribed, I used to buy it for 1.99 from approved foods, my GP then changed to ultrasun, found it much better at dealing with my sun allergy and not as greasy as altruist.
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    Neutrogena Dry Touch has a high SPF and doesn't make the skin look chalky. Very high SPFs are available, for example:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Neutrogena-Ultra-Sheer-Dry-Touch-Lotion/dp/B00MH2PT5A/ref=sr_1_2_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1530033350&sr=8-2&keywords=neutrogena+dry+touch
    • Triggercat
    • By Triggercat 26th Jun 18, 8:07 PM
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    I like Isdin Water Fusion spf 50, it!!!8217;s a Spanish brand, and is a lovely light fluid that sinks straight in. I use this on my face and neck, but regular cream on arms legs etc.

    There are lots of much lighter spf!!!8217;s around these days thankfully:-)
    • Hengus
    • By Hengus 3rd Jul 18, 9:20 AM
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    My OH has the same skin problems and his dermatologist told him to use Altruist sunscreen.
    Its not advertised, to save money, and only available through Amazon. Specially developed by dermatologists for people, like you, who don't like 'heavy' creams.
    Not expensive compared to other products.
    Lots of info on their Amazon page.
    We are using it for the second summer and find it very good.
    Originally posted by florain
    I was able to buy a couple of tubes of SPF50 Altruist sunscreen off EBay which were delivered by Amazon: the advantage being that they came with free delivery. Cost about 9.

    A week on, and I now look a lot less like a walking (!!!!!). The cream is easy to apply and it absorbs into the skin very quickly. Thanks again for the recommendation.
    • Alexxaa
    • By Alexxaa 4th Jul 18, 7:47 PM
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    entirely agree with the comment about Ultrasun, i think factor 50+ would help you
    • Misslayed
    • By Misslayed 26th Jul 18, 6:21 PM
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    My OH has the same skin problems and his dermatologist told him to use Altruist sunscreen.
    Its not advertised, to save money, and only available through Amazon. Specially developed by dermatologists for people, like you, who don't like 'heavy' creams.
    Not expensive compared to other products.
    Lots of info on their Amazon page.
    We are using it for the second summer and find it very good.
    Originally posted by florain
    I tried this after reading about it here. I had a malignant melanoma 12 years ago so always use factor 50, the spray mist is great, very easy to apply, not at all greasy, doesn't make you look ghostly. I was a bit wary because of the low price, 9.99 for two cans on Amazon, I'd been paying 32 for a (slightly bigger) spray - Coola. This is every bit as good, it's had a thorough test here on the South coast in the last few weeks. Mr. M is converted too, he's had his lily white legs out on the golf course for the first time ever. We also like the philosophy behind the product, no advertising, affordable for everyone and supporting a relevant charity - children with albinism.
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    • jenniewb
    • By jenniewb 31st Jul 18, 3:08 AM
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    OP if you're still looking and the Ultra Sun everyone is recommending is not working out, try La Roche Posay. Boots have it on offer at 25% off at the moment, they have a type which is tinted as well as a version which goes on white but does seem to settle down quite quickly.


    Or there is Boots No.7 who have a tinted version- I know it's a make up brand but it offers a 5 star protection and does work well for most, additionally it's normally on 3-4-2 so if you were feeling generous you could always buy a gift and pick something else up for free! I know Boots No.7 also have a mens range too so maybe ask if they do sell a male version, if not, I don't see any real problem (besides vanity) to not use their No.7 SPF 50. Either way; don't knock it till you've tried it.
    • ebayingnovice
    • By ebayingnovice 1st Aug 18, 1:58 PM
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    Sun creams that won't make my eyes run?
    Sorry if this off subject. I find most sun protection creams make my eyes run. I try to put as little as possible around my eyes. Anyone know of one that is safe to use around the eyes?

    Up to now I used an Aldi face cream which they no longer make. I find their latest one - Q10 day cream - makes my eyes run. To be fair, it says on the tub "avoid contact with eyes". I tried a No. 7 face cream this morning and my eyes are running a little.

    Advice appreciated. Expensive to keep trying creams which won't work for me.
    • jenniewb
    • By jenniewb 2nd Aug 18, 6:06 AM
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    Sorry if this off subject. I find most sun protection creams make my eyes run. I try to put as little as possible around my eyes. Anyone know of one that is safe to use around the eyes?

    Up to now I used an Aldi face cream which they no longer make. I find their latest one - Q10 day cream - makes my eyes run. To be fair, it says on the tub "avoid contact with eyes". I tried a No. 7 face cream this morning and my eyes are running a little.

    Advice appreciated. Expensive to keep trying creams which won't work for me.
    Originally posted by ebayingnovice
    La Roche Posay have an anti eye irritation claim and for me at least it works.
    • sammyjammy
    • By sammyjammy 2nd Aug 18, 10:34 AM
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    Sorry if this off subject. I find most sun protection creams make my eyes run. I try to put as little as possible around my eyes. Anyone know of one that is safe to use around the eyes?

    Up to now I used an Aldi face cream which they no longer make. I find their latest one - Q10 day cream - makes my eyes run. To be fair, it says on the tub "avoid contact with eyes". I tried a No. 7 face cream this morning and my eyes are running a little.

    Advice appreciated. Expensive to keep trying creams which won't work for me.
    Originally posted by ebayingnovice
    Ultrasun do a specific eye cream, it also has the benefits of a non spf eye cream.
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    • LilTerryWhite
    • By LilTerryWhite 6th Aug 18, 10:03 AM
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    I like the Hawaiian Tropic. It's the best for me. I like its smell, texture and of course protection.
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