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    Sunblock?

    Is there such a thing as a sunblock that doen't make one feel like you just cleaned out the grease trap at Kentucky Fried?

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    Google shows a number of non-greasy sunblocks. I suspect they are creamy instead, so I suppose, that's about as bad.

    I wear a big floppy hat and loose long sleeve shirts. Of course I eventually get warm, take them off and begin to fry.
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    The Banana Boat Ultra-Sport isn't too bad. I usually use it or the Coppertone version. If its between that or getting to help fund my doc's house projects, I'll go with the sunblock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cuda2k View Post
    The Banana Boat Ultra-Sport isn't too bad. I usually use it or the Coppertone version. If its between that or getting to help fund my doc's house projects, I'll go with the sunblock.
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    Have you tried the Neutragena range? they don't feel too bad. The other option to look for is an alcohol based sun-block. A bit harder to find but absolutely no rancid grease feeling.
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    I have used this Bullfrog stuff. You have to apply at least 15 minutes before exposure and have it rubbed in. Seems to work OK. Seems to be pretty waterproof and sweatproof. It's been a while though as I don't expose my torso to the sun any more. My arms, legs and face are fairly acclimatized (read: the damage has been done and we seem to have come out OK) and they never burn.

    The cancer thing?

    I'm near 60. There was no sunblock when my ginger ass was growing up in Jacksonville, FL. I've had a few of the 'benign' sort cut out. Getting pretty paranoid about it now...

    But then again, I'm worth a lot more dead than alive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
    The cancer thing?

    I'm near 60. There was no sunblock when my ginger ass was growing up in Jacksonville, FL. I've had a few of the 'benign' sort cut out. Getting pretty paranoid about it now...

    But then again, I'm worth a lot more dead than alive.
    45. Had a couple of basal cell spots cut out today. One thing my family excelles at is growing skin cancers. I'm going to start the paranoia early.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AllenG View Post
    45. Had a couple of basal cell spots cut out today. One thing my family excelles at is growing skin cancers. I'm going to start the paranoia early.
    That's about when mine showed up.

    Had this itch on my back that wouldn't quit.

    Now every mole and skin tag get's the thrice over. It's not pretty.

    But it keeps me busy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AllenG View Post
    Is there such a thing as a sunblock that doen't make one feel like you just cleaned out the grease trap at Kentucky Fried?
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    Coppertone Sport spray-on. You don't even have to shave your legs to use this stuff. Just spray and go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RubenX View Post
    Yes... a roof.
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    some spray on stuff that uses coconut oil is pretty decent.
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    Just so you guys are aware, there is almost no evidence that regular usage of sunblock/sunscreen prevents or reduces risk of melanoma.

    Sunscreen however has been shown to reduce basal and squamous skin cancers.

    Since there is basically no cure for metastic melanoma the best thing to do is get a yearly skin examine from a dermatologist once you are past the age of 40. Cash price is usually about $65 here in America.

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    One other thi9ng that helps a lot. I wear clothes that are SPF 50 rated for my Lupus and related sun senstitivity. Cabellas carries T shirts with long sleeves, coolweave mterial, and SPF50, for example. I actually stay cooler in the sun wearing these than a short sleeve cotton T.
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    The problem I've heard about the spray on stuff is that you basically have to be dripping in the stuff before you match the application level of a normal lotion type. I've got some of both at the house, but when I'm going to be on the bike for 3+ hours, I reach for the bottle over the spray.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
    One other thi9ng that helps a lot. I wear clothes that are SPF 50 rated for my Lupus and related sun senstitivity. Cabellas carries T shirts with long sleeves, coolweave mterial, and SPF50, for example. I actually stay cooler in the sun wearing these than a short sleeve cotton T.
    Explain to me how clothes be SPF rated, wouldn't a plain old shirt have the same protection of an SPF rated shirt? They both block the sun from your skin. Or is it just marketing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leob1 View Post
    Explain to me how clothes be SPF rated, wouldn't a plain old shirt have the same protection of an SPF rated shirt? They both block the sun from your skin. Or is it just marketing.

    Specific materials that remain opaque to UV, even when wet. Cotton doesn't, for example, but some synthetics do. In the case of the SPF clothing, there's a significant amount of Zinc Oxide incorporated into the threads the clothing is made of, increasing the opacity to UVa and UVb. It's not just marketing, and there are other factors as well, such as wicking or ventilation so you actually remain cooler with them on that with a short sleeve cotton garment on.

    Now, a great UV resistant material is summer weight Merino Wool. Think of it in similar terms to cycling specific clothing, in relation to both sun blocking and body temperature management /moisture wicking.
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    Wonder how linen rates against UV. Great cool-running stuff for long-sleeve shirts in the heat.

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    I find the spray on ones to be the best. It seems to just soak right in rather than smear a film on.
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    Look for an Aloe Vera based liquid. I got a big bottle of that when I was traveling in the USA. Unfortunately I haven't been able to get anything similar in Australia. Personally I think suncream is ineffective against cancer. I merely stops the redness and burning. Thick cotton clothing is my choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gnome View Post
    Have you tried the Neutragena range? they don't feel too bad. The other option to look for is an alcohol based sun-block. A bit harder to find but absolutely no rancid grease feeling.
    I use Neutrogena Wet Skin (swim-humidity-sweat) SPF 30 in a pump-type spray. It is the best sunscreen I've ever used. I sweat A LOT, and this stuff keeps me from getting burned, even after hours in the sun. I can't say it isn't at all greasy, but I don't notice it on me. I have one hell of a time getting it off of my hands, though. Even with soap and hot water.

    Previously I'd used Coppertone Sport for years. It's ok, but not nearly as good as the Neutrogena.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drakonchik View Post
    Wonder how linen rates against UV. Great cool-running stuff for long-sleeve shirts in the heat.
    Apparently, pretty poorly. It was a science fair project from an elementary student, but it appears the methodology was sound and sampling method consistent with repeatable results

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    Have you tried Sherwin Williams 25yr Latex Paint?
    I imagine that won't feel greasy after its dried.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AllenG View Post
    .....feel like you just cleaned out the grease trap at Kentucky Fried?
    Yes! That is excellent! Mind if I use that?
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    Good thread. Especially for cyclists.

    I need to try the Neutrogena. I have tried Aveena - smells good, not greasy and works great. Only trouble is it's pricey.

    We usually use the Coppertone Sport, works well, it's not too greasy and the price is reasonable...it also doesn't smell too bad.

    I have tried the sprays - they seemed like a great idea, especially to get your back if you have no one to rub lotion on for you. But I hate the smell (I am not talking about using it like cologne - I mean the way your jerseys and bibs stink after one or two uses), and I agree, you need to rub it in for it to stay put and work, which defeats the purpose. PITA, imo, I stick with the lotions from now on.

    I should add that all the brands I used were (according to the manufacturers' claims) free of nanoparticles, something to consider if you are worried about developing cancers.

    Also, don't forget the sunblocking lip balms on those long rides.
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