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Looking for a good sun screen(11 posts)

Looking for a good sun screenRipley
Jul 16, 2001 4:47 AM
Hi All,

I've been in the BAD habit of NOT wearing sun screen when I ride, because it makes me feel uncomfortable. My skin "feels" like it can't breathe properly, in part, because the sun screen effects the skin's natural cooling process (perspiration).

I would like to find a sun screen that works for me. I've used Coppertone "Sunblock Lotion" UVA/UVB 15 and 30 - and I don't like it. I noticed today that the bottle says "waterproof," perhaps that part of my problem...

Any thoughts or suggestions on sun screen would be most appreciated.
Bullfrog NMGregJ
Jul 16, 2001 7:09 AM
...the new "dry" stuff1 grzy mnky
Jul 16, 2001 10:57 AM
Been a big fan of Bull Frog and Aloe Gator since I'm around the water a lot. Problem is that the traditional stuff is kinda greasy (this is bad for a mnky?) and it really attracts road grime to the legs in particular. I've found that the new quick drying stuff from Bull Frog works really well EXCEPT if you've got some open cuts from crashing/poison oak/etc. Then there's a little bit of a sting from the alcohol while it evaporates. So far the dry formulation has worked well for me.
re: Looking for a good sun screenPaulCL
Jul 16, 2001 7:11 AM
First off..I hate the "feel" of sunscreen too. I agree that it seems to change my bodies ability to perspire properly. But I still use the stuff. Why?? I'm a fair haired, redhead - a poster-boy for Melanoma.

Coppertone makes a sports-oriented sunscreen. I use the spf 30 (see the "faired haired" comment above). Sunscreen is not fully protective until it has soaked into your skin for about 15-20 minutes. I have found that if I put the sunscreen on a few several minutes before I ride, I don't notice the 'skin-breathing' thing at all. Sunscreen that is still white and creamy on your skin doesn't work as well as soaked in sunscreen.

Just my $.02 worth. I have no tan, but who cares?? I'm a little over-protective of my skin since my sister has had several pre-cancerous lesions removed in the last few years. Also, I have a good friend (another redhead), age 43, who was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma eight years ago. She has outlived all prognoses. Wear the sunscreen no matter what.
Tried Coppertone Sport (blue spray bottle) yet?Humma Hah
Jul 16, 2001 7:20 AM
I find the spray-on Sport formulae (15 and 30 SPF) are more comfortable, very sweat-proof, and block UV almost as well as leather.
Tried Coppertone Sport (blue spray bottle) yet?Velocipedio
Jul 16, 2001 5:00 PM
Love the spray. Just wish it came in SPF 45.
Pretty soon, none will ...Humma Hah
Jul 16, 2001 7:01 PM
... the US Government is reportedly planning to eliminate claims of SPF above about 30. Current testing methods really can't detect much difference above that level of protection (noticed, I'm not saying red-heads can't tell).

In my case, I'm brown-haired, brown-eyed, prone to tan rather than burn. However, due to the way cycling uglified my legs as a teen (I now understand what properly-developed quads are supposed to look like), I wore long pants virtually full time until a couple of years ago. My pale legs hadn't seen the light of day in DECADES! So I protected them from the SoCal sun with Coppertone Sport 15 (my wife bought some 30, which I also used on occasion). Well, after 2 years of riding in shorts every weekend, year-round, my legs were STILL as pale as if I wore long pants. I finally had to skip using the stuff occasionally on shorter rides to get a trace of tan.
Copertone Sport is the best I've found.Kevin M
Jul 16, 2001 8:56 AM
I have red hair and freckles so I burn after 1/2 hour in the direct sun. The best I found for exercising is Copertone Sport in the blue bottle. I use the 48 strength. Of all the ones I tried (bulfrog, etc...) the Coppertone does the least "clogging" of the pores. Also, it has a dry (not slippery) feeling after you aply it. The down side is that you practically have to scrape/scrub it off your skin at the end of the day. That's better than the alternative...
Newest Consumer Reports has a testcory
Jul 16, 2001 9:10 AM
Don't have it in front of me, but there were one or two they liked. Last time they tested it, they picked Kmart's "Solace" brand as the best bargain, and I've used it ever since. Pretty cheap and it works for me (they all have basically the same ingredients).
So do cookies...mr_spin
Jul 16, 2001 10:59 AM
Cookies usually have the same ingredients, too, but some are clearly better than others!

Don't be cheap. Coppertone in the blue bottle doesn't come off WHEN you sweat (it's even hard to get off in the shower!), it allows you TO sweat (many sunscreens aren't very good at this!), and it doesn't run into your eyes. That's three huge points that you should consider even above price.
Coppertone "Sport"coonass
Jul 16, 2001 4:11 PM
is Ultra Sweatproof, Waterproof, Dry lotion w/UVA & UVB Sunblock...
Easy lotion application; about $6 @ Walmart....has worked good for me and doesn't leave you feeling 'greasy'