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Old 03-19-12, 08:09 AM
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Sun cream recommendations for a heavy sweater?

Hi all,

with temps starting to rise I am on the hunt for a new sunblock. I sweat a lot and find many sunblocks just do not last. I already have a solid cycling tan both at my wrists and biceps and we are only in March. I don't burn when riding, but I am getting brown quickly, which equals too much sun. I like to ride 2-4hrs depending on the type of ride. I don't really want to have to carry more lotion or reapply while sweaty, which would be in effective.

I currently use banana boat sports SPF 30. I am also thinking about getting arm and leg sleeves and replacing my jerseys with UPF rated jerseys but I still need protection for my face and neck.

What do you guys use that is long lasting and effective?
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I never liked cream sunscreens, too messy and greasy.

My local Krogers supermarket had Neutrogena Ultimate Sport Sunblock Spray SPF 70 on sale late in the season. I spot spray it, then spread it around with my fingers, and apply to my face and neck by spraying onto my hands. With an alcohol base, it dries instantly. It doesn't sting if sweat gets in my eyes.

I've done 4-5 hour rides in full sun with just the initial application, and didn't get burned. By the end of the season, I have a mild tan. I can see the difference where my gloves cover the back of my hands, but it's not "too" obvious.

I've also used the Kroger house brand SPF 30 spray. It works, too.

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If you are wearing a heavy sweater, you don't need sun block (but you might be too hot riding around in it).
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You might try looing for a Laser Skin care place, they sell a nice SPF60 lotion.

Personally I hate that greasey feeling and usually end up wearing a white UndrAmour longsleeve shirt. These are also nice and they really cover that area around your glove.


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There's waterproof stuff , go for max SPF numbers.. I had a cheek portion cut away
basil cell melanoma from sun on the left side coming in open windows driving..
a car, in California.

Now there is less sun to be in, here.. nekkid is just 2 t shirts on, 1 long sleeve.

Patagonia silk-weight capiline top under the bike jersey may be a good plan..

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Bull Frog is pretty good.
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2nd the neutragena sport, 50 weight tube, not greasy, works great .
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Do you apply the sunscreen before starting your ride? I've used a number of sunscreens, and they all seem to do well in I put them on before I get dressed. That gives them time to get into my skin, where they're harder to wash off. Not as messy to get full coverage around clothes, either.
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I sweat a lot from my face and I had a problem with the greasy and coconut smelling stuff. I tried Coppertone Sport waterproof and it worked. It's available in multiple SPF. I apply it at least 30 mins before I start my ride so it gets in my skin properly.
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I prefer the sprays as well. I don't like smell, running into the eyes, sweating off etc. The Neutrogena is good stuff. I'm blanking on the other I use frequently though. I've also used and really like KINeSys but the stuff is bloody expensive (FYI it is formulated for tris so it will stay put with swimming and transitions).
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coppertone sport 50. Sweat proof. But even though it works really well, I still don't apply it on my forehead, to make sure it doesn't drip in the eyes.

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Originally Posted by SuncoastChad
Bull Frog is pretty good.
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Neutrogena is the only thing I've found that doesn't irritate my skin with daily use. Everything else makes me break out. I also wear long sleeves. As someone mentioned, Underarmor shirts are good. If you don't mind the fred look those blue, long sleeve shirts that farmers wear work well. You can unbutton the front to get good air cirulation and the collar protects your neck.
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