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What is a good sunscreen to use this summer? What is a good daily regime to follow with the change in season?

I have a t-zone skin type with generally acne free skin except during the period.
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Shira Miller, M.D. (Menopause and Anti-Aging Physician) answered
I haven't recommended sunscreen in years! When the sun reacts with your skin it produces Vitamin D, a much needed vitamin which has been associated with a long list of health benefits. Almost every patient I check is Vitamin D deficient, even in Southern California! Moderate sun exposure is the best way to obtain Vitamin D (yes the benefits of moderate sun exposure outweigh the risks) and even that is not usually enough because nowadays most people are indoors most of the day and think they need to put on sunscreen every time they go outside. If one feels like she is going to get burned, then she should cover up using a hat and clothes, and/or use a zinc-based sunscreen...but only after getting some sun. DO NOT get burned. http://shiramillermd.com/blog/b_3519_you_need_solar_power_for_optimal_health.html
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Dr. Thalia Farshchian (Naturopathic Doctor) answered
I agree with Dr. Miller. Here is a great resource for cosmetics and sunscreen: http://breakingnews.ewg.org/2012sunscreen/ This site gives you the safest and most effective sunscreens available. Find out if yours stands the test.
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Dr. Charles Bollmann, M.D. (Ob/Gyn, Fellow Amer. Academy Cosmetic Surgery, Founding Member Amer. Holistic Medical Assn.) answered

Ask any dermatologist and they will tell you that sun damage is the most frequent cause of wrinkles (other than the aging process).

Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. Ultraviolet radiation markedly speeds up the natural aging process and is the primary cause of early wrinkling. Exposure to UV light breaks down your skin's connective tissue — collagen and elastin fibers, which lie in the deeper layer of skin (dermis). Without the supportive connective tissue, your skin loses its strength and flexibility. As a result, skin begins to sag and wrinkle prematurely.

Living in Arizona, I believe in sun blocks. But I also wear a hat.

The best one I found, and what I personally use for tennis, is DNA Control Sun Block,( http://www.bareskincare.com/products/tisilc-new-dna-control-sun-block) which has an SPF of 40, does not burn the eyes, and has a make-up like appearance that women like. It also helps repair DNA that has been damaged.
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CHIgirl answered
One thing I don't like about using sunscreen on my face is that my face is greasy. What I do is put on a neutrogena brand sunscreen that is one of the least greasy I have seen (forget the name but it probably has the word "light" in it). Then I put my powder make up OVER the sunscreen to get rid of the shine. Don't know how this will work with the t-zone issues but it might help. Of course if you have to reapply you can then reapply the make up but at that point in the day I usually don't care what I look like any more :)
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