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Old 03-15-07, 11:27 AM
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Sunscreen

OK, it's been sunny and warm in Nor. Cal, I've gotten my first sunburn of the season and I'm curious what is everyone's favorite sunscreen. I like Sun Smart (I just have to remember to put it on). SPF is only 30, but it is loaded with zinc oxide and just seems to work long after Coppertone and any of the other stuff you can buy in a local pharmacy stops working. I've never seen it in stores - I get it from a dermatologist. Unfortunately, the stuff is very expensive - a $15 tube lasts about a month. Anything else that works, but is cheaper?

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Old 03-15-07, 12:57 PM
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not a good thing I know, but I never put it on when I go out on the bike. I have my tan year round so I don't really get burnt but I guess I still should use some. one of these days I'll remember.
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Old 03-15-07, 02:25 PM
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I just use the broad spectrum SPF 30 stuff for watersports from Coppertone. Even works good on the bald head.
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Old 03-15-07, 02:29 PM
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My main reason for sunscreen is not to prevent burns, but to lower my skin temperature. Makes a huge difference when it's 90+ with the sun blaring.
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sunscreen, in March, in the Northern Hemisphere?



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Old 03-15-07, 02:52 PM
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Hey I always wondered, do pro's ever use sunscreen ever? I guess it's a pre-req to tan, or you couldn't do the tours.
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Old 03-15-07, 03:09 PM
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sunscreen, in March, in the Northern Hemisphere?
UV index here in Socal today is 7 (high).
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Old 03-15-07, 03:32 PM
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I just finished peeling off my 1st burn of the year. Now I have the traditional flip-flop foot tan. It reminded me to reapply a permalayer of Aloegator for the next 6 months.
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Old 03-15-07, 03:36 PM
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Anything with SPF 50 & PA +++
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Some coppertone that's rated SPF 30 and includes UVA protection (not all sunscreens do). It's thick and greasy, but it stays put. IMO, the best way to protect yourself is cover up. I work outdoors and I'm in pants, long sleeve shirts and a wide brimmed hat year round. I only put sunscreen on my face and neck. When I ride I always wear long sleeves (loose fitting, white works best) and when it's hot enough I wear a french legion style cap underneath my helmet. Again, sunscreen on my face, neck, legs, and on my hands if I'm wearing short fingered gloves.
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Old 03-15-07, 04:35 PM
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Yeah, skin cancer is a b*tch. Use SPF 30 or better all the time. I really, really hate it, but hate skin cancer more.
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Old 03-15-07, 04:37 PM
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I've used Bullfrog but you may have to re-apply after 3 hours or so. I like it because you can spray it right into your face and when you sweat, you don't burn your eyes out of the sockets!!
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coppertone sport 30 or sometimes just 15
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I like the Coppertone Sport Gel. It's the clear, alcohol-based stuff. Apparently it's quite sweatproof.
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Hawaiian Tropic Ozone Sport SPF 60+

Keeps my tattoo's from melting off.
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Someone told me Bullfrog is the best brand and I have to admit I have yet to get a sunburn while wearing that stuff. Lately, though, I have grown to like Neutrogena Active (sweatproof) because it doesn't feel all pasty or oily, yet still keeps me from getting burned.

I have to remember to apply it further north, though. My ever expanding forehead keeps requiring more and more attention.
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Most sunscreens only protect you against UVB rays. If you're going to be outdoors a lot, get a sunscreen that has good UVA protection as well. Look for an ingredient like Avobenzone or Parsol or zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Even some cheap drug store sun screens have these ingredients. Do not trust "UVA protection" or "broad spectrum" labels unless the the bottle actually lists UVA blocker ingredients.
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Old 03-16-07, 05:31 AM
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Originally Posted by botto
sunscreen, in March, in the Northern Hemisphere?



Swissy.
never been to south florida eh?
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Old 03-16-07, 05:48 AM
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Bullfrog SPF-36. The stuff is like snot when putting it on, but it does it's job. Just make sure not to get any in the eyes.
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Old 03-16-07, 11:58 AM
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agreed. bullfrog is supposed to be the best out there. I've used it out on the boat fishing all day and it worked (including dunks in the ocean). For the most part we're covered when we're out riding, but I just have to start remembering to put some one. at least my arms and the back of my neck.
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Old 03-16-07, 11:59 AM
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I like Neutrogina - I think its 45
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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.
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Old 03-16-07, 12:28 PM
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As a typical California wuss, I rock the arm and kneewarmers until temps hit 68F. San Francisco is full of microclimates dontcha know!!
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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.
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