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Old 05-21-17, 08:18 PM
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Sunburn

I wear long sleeve jerseys & here in S. Fla, but my sunscreen on my face sweats right into my eyes after 15min causing my eyes to burn like crazy & my face to get sunburned. What do you do to keep your face from getting sunburned while riding in the summer?
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Old 05-21-17, 08:26 PM
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Cycling cap under helmet (ignore the fashion police) or helmet with visor and UV filtering sunglasses. You still have to hit the rest of your face, ears and back of your neck with a waterproof sunscreen but at least it won't run into your eyes. I found a white, super thin tech fabric cap with a short brim that works great and it wicks well enough that it is just as cool as riding without anything under my helmet. Since I've gotten older, it's nice not to have spots on my bald patch after the first rides of the year as well.

Try a few different sunscreens, some resist sweat much better than others even when both say "Sport" or "Waterproof".
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Old 05-21-17, 08:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Myosmith View Post
Cycling cap under helmet (ignore the fashion police) or helmet with visor and UV filtering sunglasses. You still have to hit the rest of your face, ears and back of your neck with a waterproof sunscreen but at least it won't run into your eyes. I found a white, super thin tech fabric cap with a short brim that works great and it wicks well enough that it is just as cool as riding without anything under my helmet. Since I've gotten older, it's nice not to have spots on my bald patch after the first rides of the year as well.

Try a few different sunscreens, some resist sweat much better than others even when both say "Sport" or "Waterproof".
Where did you get the cap?
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Old 05-21-17, 09:20 PM
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Helmet with visor and sunglasses has worked for me. I usually wear a head band for ear cover and that also helps manage some sweat too.
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Old 05-21-17, 09:33 PM
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Then I use a zinc oxide based sun block on anything that remains exposed. I also avoid going out in peak UV if possible, and tend to ride in the redwood canopy.
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Old 05-21-17, 09:36 PM
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These are for riding horses but it looks like it'd work for biking as long as you don't go very fast.

DaBrim Equestrian Endurance Riding Helmet Visor

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Old 05-21-17, 09:36 PM
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I also have this:



(Da Brim)
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Old 05-21-17, 09:37 PM
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Woops -- duplicate.
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Old 05-21-17, 09:38 PM
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Originally Posted by bscarpenter View Post
I wear long sleeve jerseys & here in S. Fla, but my sunscreen on my face sweats right into my eyes after 15min causing my eyes to burn like crazy & my face to get sunburned. What do you do to keep your face from getting sunburned while riding in the summer?
A sunscreen called "Blue Lizard" specifically their faces only variety has worked wonders for me. I've ordered the last few years from Amazon but I notice it is now carried in Walmart. It's from Australia. It needs to be rubbed in thoroughly as it is quite thick / creamy. It goes on white and you rub until the white goes away.

Edit: I just took a look at the reviews on Amazon and this product scores an average of 4.6 out of 5 or 81% 5 star reviews - which if you've studied Amazon reviews at all you'll know is very high.

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Old 05-21-17, 09:39 PM
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I'm in SoFla as well. I used to use Coppertone Sport (blue bottle) but lately I've been using Banana Boat Sport (orange bottle) - it seems drier and doesn't sweat/run as much.

Also, I don't put the sunscreen on my forehead - just on my cheeks and nose. That way it runs away from my eyes for the most part.

I've got a short visor on my helmet and my sunglasses protect the upper part of my face for the most part. I've tried wearing caps with bills under the helmet but it just doesn't work for me. The visor in the pic above looks pretty interesting though.
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Old 05-21-17, 09:40 PM
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I've found that a stick sunscreen, like Bullfrog Quickstick doesn't run back into my eyes while I'm sweating.

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Old 05-21-17, 09:53 PM
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I've been using Aloe Gator SPD 40 Sunblock for years on my forehead and around my eyes (including on my eyelids). It doesn't run at all. Stays as a gel on my skin all days. I only use it around my eyes because a) every bug that flies into it is going nowhere and b) it is hard to wash off. I don't want to wear acres of it and spend hours in the shower.

I don't know if it is still around. I used to get it at REI but haven't seen it in a couple of years. Since I use maybe a 5/8" squeeze at a time, it lasts me years per tube.

Edit: It is still around. I saw Amazon, Walmart and REI.

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Old 05-22-17, 06:24 AM
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First, I apply sunscreen to my neck, ears, and my nose and face below my eyes. I wear a head covering headband under my helmet, which I pull over my ears, but it sometimes rides up, so that is why I apply sunscreen on them. And I wear UV filtering sunglasses.
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Old 05-22-17, 06:27 AM
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Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
Then I use a zinc oxide based sun block on anything that remains exposed. I also avoid going out in peak UV if possible, and tend to ride in the redwood canopy.
No redwood canopies in South Florida. In fact, very little tree canopy over most riding areas in South Florida.
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Old 05-22-17, 07:31 AM
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I use a $1 foam visor from the arts and craft store. Been using the same one for years and it still holds up. You can cut the foam to whatever length you want. The foam thickness can matter so it should be about 2-3 mm thick. That will allow you to not put sunscreen above your eyes.
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Old 05-22-17, 10:06 AM
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Hah. I usually wear a skullcap, and put on sunblock on the exposed parts of my face. This weekend I didn't put on sunblock on my forehead--covered by the skullcap, right? Guess where I burned? The area between my eybrows and the cap. Can't win... and my helmut has a visor on it, no less.
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I use a lightweight running cap with a 2.5 in brim. It's not too hot and protects most of the front of my face. My hair covers my ears but I worry about the sides of my face. I ordered a cap with flaps and will see if that works. The downside with a brim is that I have to be in a pretty upright position to see down the road. When it's windy and I try to tuck down--the brim blocks my vision. I notice that I lift my head quite a bit, even when I'm not in the tuck position to see out under the brim and it's leading to some soreness.

If the soreness gets worse, maybe switching to a cycling cap with the short brim or a visor along with a buff will work?
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Old 05-22-17, 10:42 AM
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I had this problem and the best solution I found was also the cheapest, the Halo II sport headband. I wear it under my helmet with a pair of sunglasses. There's a rubber band that directs sweat away from the eyes.
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Old 05-22-17, 12:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Garilia View Post
First, I apply sunscreen to my neck, ears, and my nose and face below my eyes. I wear a head covering headband under my helmet, which I pull over my ears, but it sometimes rides up, so that is why I apply sunscreen on them. And I wear UV filtering sunglasses.
thank you for that idea, I feel really dumb not thinking of it myself

Had stopped using sunscreen because it ran down my forehead, thanks again!
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Old 05-22-17, 02:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Flip Flop Rider View Post
thank you for that idea, I feel really dumb not thinking of it myself

Had stopped using sunscreen because it ran down my forehead, thanks again!
You're welcome! Glad I could help.
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Old 05-22-17, 02:26 PM
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Buff under my helmet.
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You could always get a velo and keep the cap on... (Yes I know this is an impractical suggestion.) On a more practical 'bent,' er, sorry, experiment to find a sunblock that doesn't run in your eyes. I've had that happen to me in the rain and it was awful! That Giro helmet looks nice!

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Old 05-22-17, 03:24 PM
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Zinc ox based face sunscreen doesn't seem to run into my eyes usually.

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I have been using Zinc Oxide on my face, but somehow it seems to get on my eyeglasses and it's hard to wash off.
Asked my Dermatologist and he suggested:

Doc Martin's of Maui Sunblock

Just ordered some but it hasn't arrived yet.
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i moved from St. Louis to Seattle.
Problem solved.
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