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Old 03-16-07, 12:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Duke of Kent
I find it funny that guys in CA are just now taking off their arm warmers. I was there with my family over winter break. Saw all sorts of people walking around in JEANS and SWEATSHIRTS on a 75 degree day in JANUARY. Back home, it was 65 degrees colder.

Saw lots of cyclists in arm warmers, long sleeve tops, full length tights, knee warmers, etc. If I had that sort of climate I'd ride outside, every day, in shorts and a short sleeve jersey, until the end of time.

In short, if you've lost your tan, living in CA over the winter, I hate/envy you. And also think you're all out of your minds. Really.
you should see it down here in the winter. if it gets into the 60's the news starts issueing warnings on bringing in your pets and wrapping your palm trees. haha. I saw a girl wearing mittens, a scarf and a heavy ski type jacket one day and it was in the high 60's.
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i use Coppertone Sport 30 SPF with the Continuous Spray. i like it because i can pretty much cover everything i need to cover, without having to use my hands, unless i have to spray it on my hands to rub it on my face...
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Bullfrog Quik Gel, but I do have to re-apply after a few hours. They also have Superblock, which has the white titanium dioxide stuff.
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Bumping this because I failed to realize that this weekend the sun was actually out for the first time in months, and now I'm paying for it.

So, anything else to add to the thread? I usually just use plain old Coppertone 30, but am curious to hear anything better for riding.
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Originally Posted by cuda2k
If anyone wants a reminder of why to use sunscreen, I'll be happy to post the picture of the 4" long scar on my right arm, along with its corresponding dip where the surgeon removed a minimum 1cm of tissue from every direction of the mealanoma. I was only 18 at the time, and now 7, almost 8 years later there is still a noticeable dent in my arm.

I use a minimum of 30 SPF, with UVA, always water proof. 45spf is more typical of what I wear.

Sounds terrible, lets see it.

Could you give us a little backstory? Did you get lots of sun as a kid? How did you find out you had cancer/how long had you had it?
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Old 04-22-07, 03:03 PM
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I've been using Coppertone Sports SPF 50. So far it has been great though I always get the "I'm going to the beach" mentality from the smell and childhood memories.

Before using Coppertone Sports, I was using regular (non-sports) Neutrogena, and that one is pretty bad. It was ok when I put it on, but as soon as I sweat, it floats back up and my arm becomes all white. It also drips down along with the sweat, which is horrible on the face/eyes. I believe they have a sports/active version but I've never tried it.
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Old 04-22-07, 03:12 PM
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I used to use Coppertone Sport, but then I read a newspaper story saying that it, like most USA-based sunscreens, had very poor UVA protection. Even the Coppertone web site agreed that that particular product was poor at UVA. That was a couple of years ago, I don't know if they have changed the formulation since then.

I am now using Hawaiian Tropic Ozone Sport which contains Avobenzone (Parsol 1789) for UVA protection. Note that the SPF ratings on sunscreen bottles only applies to UVB protection. You need to check the ingredients list to learn about UVA protection.
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Old 04-22-07, 04:07 PM
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I read an article in either Men's Journal or Outside about how American's get the shaft on suncreen because it is not profitable enough for manufacturers to deal with the FDA approval process. They reviewed a few available overseas that can be purchased online and I use the one I've linked below. I am fair skinned and one application of SPF 30 has completely protected me all day both on the bike and on the beach when we go on vacation.

http://www.canadapharmacy.com/cart/i...TOKEN=29040438
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Old 04-22-07, 04:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Skaog
coppertone sport 30 or sometimes just 15
Me too!

Holds up to sweat really well and doesn't sting the eyes. The newer gel version seems great as well (not sure if it's better though).
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Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry SPF55. Goes on amazingly smooth and soft. Doesn't leave any greasy residue and protects both UVB and UVA (Avobenzone).

I get it at Costco for about $15 for two bottles, which will last about a season.
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Originally Posted by UTmtnbiker
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry SPF55. Goes on amazingly smooth and soft. Doesn't leave any greasy residue and protects both UVB and UVA (Avobenzone).

I get it at Costco for about $15 for two bottles, which will last about a season.
+1 for the Neutrogena, it is not greasy and blocks UVA and UVB.
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Originally Posted by cuda2k
If anyone wants a reminder of why to use sunscreen, I'll be happy to post the picture of the 4" long scar on my right arm, along with its corresponding dip where the surgeon removed a minimum 1cm of tissue from every direction of the mealanoma. I was only 18 at the time, and now 7, almost 8 years later there is still a noticeable dent in my arm.

I use a minimum of 30 SPF, with UVA, always water proof. 45spf is more typical of what I wear.
Excuse my ignorance but is sunscreen always recomended for all people out in the sun a lot? As a kid I always thought it was just to prevent light colored skins from burning, and if you didn't burn and peel you didn't need it.

Is there a difference between sunblock and sunscreen or is it the same meaning different word?

Is it a good idea to always wear it? I dont burn I just get tan but maybe I should start using sunscreen?
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Old 04-22-07, 05:34 PM
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If you don't want to get skin cancer, wear sunscreen.
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Originally Posted by wtex
+1 for the Neutrogena, it is not greasy and blocks UVA and UVB.
That's the one I had problem with. It "floats" back out when I start sweating. So you guys/gals are not having that problem? I saw an "active"/sports version of the Neutrogena at Ralph's, so I may try that next.
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Old 04-22-07, 05:45 PM
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2 questions:

1.Why is canadian/overseas stuff better than american stuff? I read the post that said "better", but don't understand how.

2. How on earth does sunscreen help keep your skin cooler?



I wear whatever's SPF 30-ish and cheap, but NEVER above my eyes.
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Old 04-22-07, 05:53 PM
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Today, at noon, in Tucson, AZ UV index at 10 . . . heck we had 96 degrees about a month ago . . . a sign of early spring for us!
We had tro use a 'sunshine shovel' to get to the mailbox!
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Originally Posted by Turboem1
Excuse my ignorance but is sunscreen always recomended for all people out in the sun a lot? As a kid I always thought it was just to prevent light colored skins from burning, and if you didn't burn and peel you didn't need it.

Is there a difference between sunblock and sunscreen or is it the same meaning different word?

Is it a good idea to always wear it? I dont burn I just get tan but maybe I should start using sunscreen?
I would absolutely start using sunscreen. Simply put UV light damages skin the skin. The higher the levels of UV light your skin is exposed to the more damage that is done and the higher the risk of developing skin cancer.

As far as sunscreen vs sunblock here's what one website says about it:

Sunscreen vs. Sunblock

While most people lump sunscreen and sunblock together, they are actually very different products intended for different uses.


Sunscreen is a cream or lotion that is SPF rated. It reacts with the skin to create an invisible barrier against the sun. The strength of the barrier is determined by the SPF number. The lower the number the less protection. Most sunscreens should be applied 20 minutes before you go outside so that it has time to work. Using a sunscreen will not prevent you from tanning but it will lower your risk of getting burned.


Sunblock doesn't have a SPF because it protects the body from all UV rays. Usually, sunblock is a thick cream that should contain zinc oxide (this is the white gunk that you sometimes see people put on their noses - it's funny looking, but it's strong). Okay here's where it gets tricky. Some sunscreens with SPF numbers of 15 or higher are erroneously refereed to as sunblocks. If you want a sunblock, don't buy a package with a SPF listed because a true sunblock won't need it.
I've been using Coppertone and Banana Leaf's "Sport" lines of sunscreen for the last few years, including above my eyes. I use a headwrap to help keep sweat from out of my eyes and reduce the chance of any sunscreen getting in them.
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Spent the weekend at the track, didn't think to use sunscreen and now I'm paying for. I have sunburn on my arms. It's pretty mild so I'm sure it'll be fine in a couple of days, but I won't be forgetting again! It's been years since I last got sunburn...in fact I can't even remember the last time I got sunburn!
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Originally Posted by DaveSANYYZ
That's the one I had problem with. It "floats" back out when I start sweating. So you guys/gals are not having that problem? I saw an "active"/sports version of the Neutrogena at Ralph's, so I may try that next.
I use the sports version and love it. It's not greasy and doesn't run when you sweat. Basically, I don't even feel it after I rub it in, and I have yet to get burned while using it (nor has my fair skinned wife). I can't seem to find it in stock most of the time, though... even before the secret was out.

Originally Posted by brianappleby
How on earth does sunscreen help keep your skin cooler?
I too would like to know the answer to that.
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Sunscreen is for people that are afraid of cancer.

Swissies.
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I'm not afraid of starving to death, but I still eat food from time to time.
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http://www.second-opinions.co.uk/sunlight.html
here's an extensive write up on sunlight exposure, i think the main point was just use moisturizer and build up a natural tan, i followed this last season with pretty good success, although i'll admit i did put sunscreen on 3 or 4 times on the scorching race days when i couldn't pick what time of day (UV index) to go for a ride)
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I always use a non-greasy, sweatproof sunscreen of SPF 50. For the nose and around the eyes I have a stick, SPF 30, I think.

On the important trivia side, suncreens lose their sun screening protection significantly after about a year. So, if you have any suncreen left over from early last year, you might want to consider replacing it.
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Originally Posted by Will G
On the important trivia side, suncreens lose their sun screening protection significantly after about a year. So, if you have any suncreen left over from early last year, you might want to consider replacing it.
I found that out the hard way. The worst part is the burn showed up in random places and shapes, like a camo pattern.
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I honestly just use whatever....I dig anything 45SPF...Banana boat is what I've used for the past year or so, but I'm far from brand loyal as far as sunblock goes.
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