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sun protection?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 12, 2010 at 1:40 PM

So, the husband and I are going on a cruise soon, and, seeing as we are both super-pale, we'll need some sort of sunscreen. Out vitamin D supplementation has helped get us able to survive North Carolina, we're not up to Caribbean levels yet! Any suggestions on the "least bad" way to keep from burning? We'll be outdoors a good amount, includung snorkeling. Thanks!

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on May 17, 2010
at 08:45 PM

Thanks for the suggestions, but I guess I didn't emphasize my complete lack of melanin strongly enough. My Vitamin D and sun exposure regimen has helped me not burn here in NC, but I do NOT tan to any significant extent. Since long-sleeves really won't work well for the snorkeling, I guess I'll go with sunscreen when needed and then wash that crap right the heck off when I'm done. (got the brand from REI that has the fewest ingredients - hopefully less icky)

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on May 13, 2010
at 02:05 AM

And if you are snorkeling, put sunscreen on the soles of your feet! Never imagined I'd get burned there... ouch!

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on May 12, 2010
at 07:59 PM

The beard is an awesome natural sunscreen. I play 18 innings every weekend in 100+ Fresno heat in the summer and never get burned under the beard. The ears are my weak point.

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on May 12, 2010
at 02:03 PM

Blodoc,

My wife and I just got back from a cruise in the Caribbean as well. Here are a couple of things I did personally before and during the trip:

1.) I got as much sun as I could without burning BEFORE i left for vacation. I tried to get outside everyday at noon'ish. I usually did this shirtless, while walking the dogs, laying out, but no more than 40-45mins. I also live in the SE US as well, to give you an idea of the level of sun. I did this for about 7-9 days before the trip, and was strict about it.

2.) Hydrated more than usual before and during trip

3.) I only took my shirt off when absolutely necessary (in the water, pool, etc). People who walked around the shore excursions on top of doing the snorkeling, pools, etc got FRIED.

4.) If you are going to do alot of snorkeling, watch out for the back of your knees (pop fossa area), head, neck, lower flank of waist line. These ares are the unusual parts of your body that can get burnt easily while snorkeling.

I honestly did not put any sun protection on of any kind, and came home with a rather decent bronzing you could say. But of course, all of this is dependent on your family's skin type, adjust as necessary. Nothing more miserable than coming home from vacation, and driving/flying with a bad burn!

Bcb2f5436d11467e89123680c046b858

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on May 13, 2010
at 02:05 AM

And if you are snorkeling, put sunscreen on the soles of your feet! Never imagined I'd get burned there... ouch!

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on May 12, 2010
at 03:35 PM

My .02: Bring along a light-weight long sleeved shirt & a floppy hat to cover up w/ after you've maxed your Vitamin D.

Any bearded guys out there have some input about how their beard blocks (or doesn't) the sun? Good idea, bad idea or no difference?

699d8d5bb5d186c23c79aef4f7bf1145

on May 12, 2010
at 07:59 PM

The beard is an awesome natural sunscreen. I play 18 innings every weekend in 100+ Fresno heat in the summer and never get burned under the beard. The ears are my weak point.

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on May 12, 2010
at 02:40 PM

You could do as some pacific islanders did (Weston Price, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration) and slather yourself in coconut oil. At a minimum, I would say don't let your skin lose its oil. Not showering with soap/shampoo helps out this pursuit.

Personally I find this has a protective effect against sunburn.

I would also add to LiveForit's advice by saying watch out for your hair line.

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