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Old 06-18-10, 08:43 AM   #1
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Temporary alternative to slathering sunscreens on face

FYI, I ran two tests of an alternative to heavy sunscreens for UPF protection. The biggest problem is the product seems to be discontinued but is available at sierra trading post.

It's a summer balaclava by Dr. Shade. I tested it at 84F yesterday and did not overheat. Here's a quick and dirty review:

PLUS
-- stretchable
-- doesn't make you cook like Solumbra clothing
-- has breathing mask
-- covers entire head except for sun glasses
-- super cheap right now
-- tan color
-- face does not feel hot when the sun hits it

MINUS
-- breathing mask area is a bit too small
-- opening for glasses could be a bit larger
-- need to have cloth on nose, or it's harder to breath.

So if you like the idea, you might grab one or two before they run out.
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Old 06-18-10, 11:53 AM   #2
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You will likely see resistance to the use of this, but i would be interested.

What color is it?

As for the opening, it's likely a compromise. a size to cover the nose yet small enough for sunglasses might be problematic. the open space would need to be a complex shape, requiring additional cloth structure. The other alternative is a ski mask like pattern.

Be prepared for endless, "are you hot" or "you gonna hold up a bank?" comments.

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Old 06-18-10, 12:24 PM   #3
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You say heavy slathering but what about spray-on sunscreens?
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Old 06-18-10, 01:01 PM   #4
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Is this it?

http://tinyurl.com/23cv9ah

I might be willing to wear a long-sleeved summerweight jersey, but I'm not too sure about a balaclava...
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Old 06-18-10, 01:32 PM   #5
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I'm intrigued. I see the guys mowing lawns in these things all the time.
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Old 06-18-10, 08:39 PM   #6
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That sounds like an arrest in South Carolina. Adults cannot wear a mask in public. Three letters, all K.
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Old 06-24-10, 01:32 PM   #7
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You say heavy slathering but what about spray-on sunscreens?
Sun screen isn't enough for some of us. It's doesn't properly block all of the spectrum that can harm us.
The primary protections is to cover up, secondary is slather (or spray) sunscreen.
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Old 06-24-10, 01:38 PM   #8
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Sun screen isn't enough for some of us. It's doesn't properly block all of the spectrum that can harm us.
The primary protections is to cover up, secondary is slather (or spray) sunscreen.
Fair enough.

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