Let's start the debate
Kyle said:Yes, but 4+ hours of my workday are spent outside. I used to think that sunscreen was silly or frivolous. One day, I had a co-worker who had to have 3/4 of his ear removed because of skin cancer. I now wear sunscreen (even when not spending massive amounts of time outside) and a hat.
Scotto said:Sunscreen is a must. My father had several bouts of melanoma, and I can tell you it isn't pretty. As I got older, a hat became a necessity as well since the scalp-sunburn is incredibly painful. I haven't found much difference between brands, though. I just buy some high SPF number and slather it on.
teamacacia said:Lately, I have been using Neutrogena sunscreens plus a sample of the Menscience sunscreen. I have had a hard time finding a sunscreen that doesn't break me out for one reason or another. I have had good luck with the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock with Parsol 1789. I have been wanting to try the brand La Roche-Posay as a prominent dermatologist I was working with recommended it. I photo-copied the bottle and it is the Anthelios-W Gel spf 40. It is made in France and uses mexoryl which is not approved by the FDA in the USA...that is another long discussion. Anyway, the website he recommended was skincarelab.com and they sell it for $55 in a 100 ml bottle (price obviously keeping me from trying it). The sunscreen is also for sale in a liquid, cream, and "milk" (not sure as to the consistency). Prices seem to range from 40-60 bucks.
EDIT: In response to Kyle's comment about starting to wear sunscreen after having a co-worker have an ear nearly removed b/c of skin cancer. Remember that sunscreen will help to prevent NEW skin damage. Damage done to your skin while a child, teen, young adult, etc will catchup to you later. I'd recommend keeping the kiddos lathered up whenever possible. Also, see your derm or regular doc anytime you see a suspicious lesion on your skin. Long sleeves and a hat whenever possible in addition to the sunscreen. Also, the windows in your car do not provide protection against all the UV rays, so if you drive a lot or for a living you still need to protect yourself. Now stepping down off the soap box...saw one too many nasty skin cancers and Mohs surgeries as a med student.