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1. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

Ive been reading articles about sun protection lotion - there was a news article here recently (l heard it on the radio so l dont have a linking thread and cant be bothered to go looking for one!!;)) that experts now think to get the total sun protection you need to slather on the lotion and let it sink in itself rather than rubbing it in. What do others think? Or would the clear spray type sun protections or milky lotions be better than the cream?

Also is it better to use factor 15 more often or go straight for the high factor 30?

Also with out advertising brands - do you think named brands (you know them!) are better than the likes of shops own brands? Or are they all much of a muchness?

Im just wondering as we are off to Australia & New Zealand (have l mentioned that before on these threads) and have been told over and over that slapping on the high protection creams is essential. Im just pondering out loud - but lm sure everyone will agree that care of your skin in the sun is essential whether you want to sun bathe/tan or not.

Would love to read your views.

Heather

2. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

If you actually look at the back label of most suntan protection products, they will say to apply the lotion (cream, spray or oil) at least 30 minutes before going out into the sun. The more lotion that is applied gives you better coverage. If you rub it in, you are placing the lotion on one area and then moving it around to another. It's not an even application. By "slathering it on", especially with creams or lotions, you can see where you have missed. Also, products that are "waterproof" still require the 30 minute application rule and need to be re-applied after getting out of the water. Again, read the label. Some will hold up to several dips in the ocean, but will eventually need to be re-applied.

Personally, I don't care for the idea of the spray-on protection. Mainly because, you can't see where you have missed, and you are breathing in the mist as you apply it to the front of you. I don't want to absorb AND breath in the protection. My lungs are not going to have direct exposure to the sun.

Most people forget to apply sunscreen more than once in a day. Maybe they remember to do it a second time. If you have sensitive skin, apply a higher SPF and work down to a lower one as you begin to tan. If you are prone to skin condtions or even benign skin cancer, start high and stay there. I'm very fair skinned and start with an SPF 15. I should have started a bit higher in Panama!

Compare the labels between brand names and generics. I don't think I've bought a brand name sunscreen in years. If the labels are comparable, I go for the generic. It may look cooler to have a brand name, but it's wasted money. When it comes to brand versus generic - usually one company produces the product and puts that product in two different containers. One brings a high price while the other is cheap. Both came out of the same vat.

Isa now steps down from her sunscreen soapbox...

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

Heather - slap on the highest SPF you can find when you're in NZ. I got burn to a crisp after a 30-minute walk in 20 degree weather. The sun is deceptive there, what withthe gaping hole in the ozone.

I don't think there's much difference protection-wide when it comes to sunblock. The only difference, I'd say, would be the fragrance or additional properties of the cream (moisterizer, spray-on, scent, etc.). Companies can't lie about the protection their product offers - they can only add their own "it" factor.

4. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 10y

I find that my sunscreen and bug spray counteract each other. The sunscreen is like bug candy. Really annoying since I go hiking in bright sun.

5. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 10y

Heather,
It's actually Slip - Slop - Slap,
Slip on a shirt
Slop on the sun screan
Slap on a hat.

;)
Buy them over there, go for the full monty and don't forget to reapply after a few hrs or if you have been in the water.

Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the mid day sun, Are you either one of these?

6. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 10y

No-name or Home brand stuff is as good as the rip-off Cancer Council cream.

Personally, I don't find any difference between the SPF15 and the 30.

Either way, reapply it regularly.

BTW, I hate covering myself in that crap - slimey, chemicals all over me

7. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 10y

James,
You have to remember that Heather is from a country that never sees the sun (apart from shinning out of someone's backside), let alone has a bloody great big hole in the ozone layer over it.
As for the chemicals all over you, what about your make-up? ;)

8. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 10y

Jase, my makeup never ends up all over me

[ Edit: Edited at Aug 8, 2006 2:52 AM by james ]

9. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 10y

Quoting james

Jase, my makeup never ends up all over me

Opps, forgot that you were a seasoned pro ;)

10. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 10y

Hi Heather,

I personally like Boots' own brand, a good range of factors (from factor 4 right up to 30, I think the kids range goes higher than this), it's currently buy one get one free which means it's about £13 for 800ml! I find it's good because I am allergic to almost everything (I can't use the 'big' name sun creams as I break out in a rash), you can also buy the sun cream with added insect repellant, good for keeping those pesky midgies away. It's also not greasy and moisturises well.