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Old 09-03-08, 05:21 PM   #1
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Lip Protection

The last two years on my bike trips I've started having trouble with my lower lip getting toasted, after a 9 day trip last summer it was hamburger. I had bought some stuff along the way when I felt it getting bad and that soothed it some.

This year has been similar and after a 5 day trip last week I'm hurtin (not quite hamburger lip) but wanting to head out for another 10 days or so next week into Oregon back country.

Any suggestions for extreme lip protection from the sun? I have some zinc oxide that I've used a couple of times while road riding (forgot it on the expeditions) but it seems to go away fast. I would like something that applies like chapstick (used on last trip) but has some major SPF protection.

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Go look at the "chapstick" (lip balm) collection in your local pharmacy. There are heaps of options.

I have 2 different ones in the drawer beside me right now ... one has a 30 SPF and it is likely Walmart's generic brand. The other has an SPF of 14.7 and it is called Natural Ice. I've got others in the other room as well.
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I find Vaseline Lip Therapy to work well for me when I can find it with an SPF 15 rating. It is basically just petroleum jelly with some sunscreen in it. Carry it in the jersey pocket and apply fairly often. If you are more sensitive you may need to resort to zinc oxide, but as a cyclist you already stand out without white lips It seems to be hard to find Lip Therapy with sunscreen so stock up when you do find it.

In a pinch I resort to Chapstick or Nutrogena stick, but don't like them as well.
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I think that the Vaseline Lip therapy is what I found in Burns, Oregon while passing through there last year when my lip was already toast (blue tube?) but I ran out this winter and can't find it locally. Checking at the local Wal-Mart they have nothing with any SPF rating in the pharmacy. Yes, as a 60 yr old long hair dude with a ring in the ear I still feel weird with zinc oxide white lips. Hard to apply too without getting it all over!

I'll search through Walgreen's here next.
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Blistex SPF 30 always worked for me. I just bring it with me and reapply every hour or two. Without it, I can be guaranteed a severe cold sore with the slightest sun exposure.
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I think that the Vaseline Lip therapy is what I found in Burns, Oregon while passing through there last year when my lip was already toast (blue tube?) but I ran out this winter and can't find it locally. Checking at the local Wal-Mart they have nothing with any SPF rating in the pharmacy. Yes, as a 60 yr old long hair dude with a ring in the ear I still feel weird with zinc oxide white lips. Hard to apply too without getting it all over!

I'll search through Walgreen's here next.
It seems to be hard to find here too. When I find it I stock up.
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Old 09-04-08, 05:25 AM   #7
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I have one from Switzerland called "PL3", used by skiers in the Alps, very good protection. I suggest you look for something for extreme sports.

http://www.dailycare24.ch/index.cfm?...=571&gender=me

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grow a walrus moustache?
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If you're looking by the registers at a drugstore, you'll probably miss the SPF lip balm. Go into the makeup section, and ask for help. The SPF stuff (at least here in the US) is usually mixed in with all the other makeup, and it's sorted by brand, not by what it's for.

Then when you find some, don't just buy one. Pick up at least 3 or 4 so you don't run out easily and always have one handy. The products sold as sold as special for sports are going to be *priced* like it too... and they won't work any better or worse than cheap stuff from a drugstore.
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Stop licking that's all.
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grow a walrus moustache?
I think that would probably just get me a divorce.

The best I've found locally here so far is the Blistex SPF 15, still looking.

Thanks for all the suggestions!
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If you're looking by the registers at a drugstore, you'll probably miss the SPF lip balm. Go into the makeup section, and ask for help. The SPF stuff (at least here in the US) is usually mixed in with all the other makeup, and it's sorted by brand, not by what it's for.

Then when you find some, don't just buy one. Pick up at least 3 or 4 so you don't run out easily and always have one handy. The products sold as sold as special for sports are going to be *priced* like it too... and they won't work any better or worse than cheap stuff from a drugstore.

Here in Canada, the SPF lip stuff is usually in the pharmacy section, next to the throat lozenges.
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I found lip balm and sunblock sticks in SPF 30 at the dollar store (Dollar Tree, I believe). The balm is waxy and tastes terrible, but works ok. The sunblock sticks are great. They are essentially giant chapstick tubes and are designed for use on your face so they are perfect for lips, noses and ears.

I really like Burts Bees lifeguard lip balm, too. It's thick and creamy and can leave a white film, but hasn't let me down yet.
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BURT'S BEES Lip Balm, best I tried yet, gave all my Chapstick away.
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Go to a store like EMS or REI and they will have the stuff you are looking for.
http://www.ems.com/catalog/product_d...82574489160616

or

http://www.ems.com/catalog/product_d...82574489160616
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Wal-Mart miraculously got in some SPF 30 stuff today, Nivea brand so I picked up a tube of that. The blister on my lip has opened up now so sure hope I can get off on Monday with out worrying about my lip disintegrating along the ride. Probably gonna be about a week of hard back-country traveling, 130 miles plus on dirt roads. A circumnavigation of the Owyhee Mountain Range in S.W. Idaho!

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