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Best tanning lotion to get a tan for riding(16 posts)

Best tanning lotion to get a tan for ridingPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Feb 10, 2003 12:15 AM
I'm moving to Australia in a month and want to have a tan when I get there. What is the best lotion to use to help get a tan. My skin is pretty fair.

Feb 10, 2003 5:26 AM
I have sort of fair skin too, live in sunny South, and use Coppertone or Hawaian Tropic Sport 30spf. If you're out in the sun for several hours, this will leave you with some decent tan but no sunburn. Plus, as long as you put it on before you start sweating, it stays on very well during physical activity and/or swimming. I use it for biking, running, and sailing, and it's the best I've found so far. There's another brand called Shade which I think is pretty good too, but I don't know from experience.
Sunblock!! Who needs skin cancer (nm)Breakfast
Feb 10, 2003 5:29 AM
re: Best tanning lotion to get a tan for ridingclimbo
Feb 10, 2003 5:32 AM
none. they make you look really stupid and not natural. Everyone will laugh at you when you arrive. Wait until you get there and then get a proper tan, it won't take that long. Fake tan or not when you get there, go slow, you can burn very quickly in Australia.

Which city are you moving to?
and get Hamilton sunscreen - it's the best !! nmclimbo
Feb 10, 2003 5:34 AM
Ask Cippo--maybe email him(nm)Raven1911
Feb 10, 2003 7:14 AM
re: Best tanning lotion to get a tan for ridingRaven1911
Feb 10, 2003 7:16 AM
I recently went to Jamaica and wanted a tan before I got there. I got a month membership at a tanning salon. Went every couple days for about 10-15 minutes and had a wonderful tan at the end of the month. Try it.

Moving to Australia for good? If not, for how long? That's a big move. If so have a good time! Australia is on my list to go to before I die. Heard great things...

Feb 10, 2003 8:38 AM
I started tanning last year before I went to Trinidad but with my great foresight I only began going about a week before I left. Now I want to tan for about 3 1/2. I have fair skin that doesn't tan at all outside so it'll help me blend in with the nice tans. I'm moving to Sydney for 4 months although I may consider moving around if the oppurtunity presents itself depending on how training is going.

which part of Sydney? nmclimbo
Feb 10, 2003 10:05 AM
Not sure yet...PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Feb 10, 2003 10:47 AM
I'm not sure yet. Are you from there?

Yep, grew up in Malabar/Maroubra, Eastern Suburbs/beach area.climbo
Feb 10, 2003 11:53 AM
it's an expensive city to live in these days, especially if you want the beach or harbour close by.
Lucky enough to have people putting me upPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Feb 10, 2003 2:39 PM
I got some friends of family friends putting me up for my stay so I don't have to pay rent.

Are you still in Australia?

no, been in the USA for 6 years now. nmclimbo
Feb 10, 2003 6:19 PM
just use sunblockColnagoFE
Feb 10, 2003 9:18 AM
WHy risk skin cancer? I still manage to get a tan when using sunblock though it's tought this time of year because I'm covered up from the cold. If you are really so vain you need a tan go to a tanning bed place or healthier alternative would be using bronzer like the weightlifters do.
Feb 10, 2003 11:55 AM
I too am fair skinned (Nick, my Dad was from St Johns, Newfoundland).
At 45 yrs old I have been visited by the damage to my skin all the many hours I spent in the sun surfing w/no sunblock on at all. So far no skin cancer but I must see a dermatologist every 6Mos and more if I develop a "suspect spot", which happens often enough. Yes I had a tan, but it was entirely temporary and frankly NOT worth it. If you are born white and pastey that's the way you are(as I am too). Unless you want to be a Michael Jackson like freak show.

Get and USE the strongest (SPF) sunblock you can find. Use as directed, and then use some more. (You need to apply ~20 to 30 Min before exposure) Don't scrimp; bring plenty with you though the Aussies (the British descendant ones) are from (our) same fair-skinned stock so they may very well have some superior products there.

You were born fair, live with it and protect your self for the future. The damage the sun does to your skin today WILL show up within 15 to 20 years, GUARANTEED! Sunblock is a nuisance and kind of unpleasent at best but the alternative is far worse.

So far I have been lucky to catch spots early. Others in my family were not so and have had sections of their skin (on the face and arms) surgically removed. No fun, leaves a scar, could return...

Feb 10, 2003 2:47 PM
I agree with Hal - its just not worth it Nick. I had an outdoor job between the ages of 15 and 22 in Australia and by the time i was in my late 20's I had a sun cancer chopped off my face. I was cool, i was tuff, sunscreen was daggy and we just never bothered. We used to have our face peel off week after week after week. But you can't tell teenagers anything. The surgeon said I was about the youngest he had ever seen.

Sun in Australia can be lethal. Anyway, summer is almost over here, we're all heading back towards winter and by the time your 4 months is up, people will be wearing tights and long arms. So your tan won't be noticed by anybody.

Sydney is just up the road from us here in Canberra.