Fair skined Brides out there!!
Posted 10 May 2010 - 06:51 PM
Ok, I'm 25yrs old and I absolutely give up on tanning..I always burn, dont really 'tan'. If I dont put sunscreen on every 1/2 hr forget it..i'm a tomato! but I'm ok with it, I'll love my skin as I age. However- what to do when I go to Mexico?? anyone know of a really good sunblock? I went to Jamaica a few years ago- put sunscreen on ALL the time , and I got sun poisoning (bubbles all over), but not an actual sunburn. Frustrating
I'm just looking for anyone who has had good experience with a sunscreen in a tropical area, or any self tanners?
I want to enjoy my the two weeks I'm in mexico, not be in pain from the sun
Posted 10 May 2010 - 08:49 PM
We took everyone's leftover sunscreen as they left because we needed so much of it.
You really need to be vigilant with reapplying - my husband got so burnt the first day there that he was peeling and itchy by midweek.
I'm not sure that the 80 was any better than the 45 that I switched to mid-week - as long as you keep applying and get in the shade if you feel the "burn" you should be ok.
Posted 10 May 2010 - 10:14 PM
First off I am a firm believer in long sleeve sun shirts/rash guards for intense sun hours (10-4). I love land's end for their kids and women's sun shirts (we have loads of them...lots of colors and very high quality! Best around.
For Sunscreen, the best for my youngest hands down is an Austrailian creme (can be bought in the US) called Blue Lizard. It's a micronized Zinc Oxide. It's the White stuff of years past except it has been developed to go sheer once rubbed in. UVA and UVB protective and is a barrier creme (it doesn't get absorbed in skin)vs most sunscreens which are absorbed (it's great and safe for babies and children). It's waterproof etc. I was out on Sunday in full sun from 8-2pm in high intense sun (I am fair and blonde) and am not burned in the least.
The other creme I have had success with (but I find I have to be more diligent with reapplying for myself) is Neutregena with helioplex recommended as well by a dermatologist. The creme is a bit lighter weight and I like that for me if we're going out and about as it's not as heavy, but for water/swim/kayaking/hard core beach time, I go with the blue lizard. Kids don't get a choice, blue lizard it is.
I additionally buy (you can usually find in supermarket/drugstore) RIT clothing SPF enhance. RIT makes clothing dye you throw into your wash. A while back they created this SPF that you add to your wash of clothes and it adds SPF protection to your clothes up to 40 washes.
Hope that helps, I would pick up some of both and see which you like. Remember you need to use a shot glass full of sunscreen per application (I go through a bottle at least for my girls per week if we're out and about). And reapplying is really important!!!
Posted 10 May 2010 - 10:16 PM
Posted 11 May 2010 - 09:20 AM
As far as sunless tanners, I'm using Dove Energy Glow right now, and it looks great. I've had several compliments recently about how great I look since I've "been in the sun." It builds up slowly, so you won't look orange. It should look make you look naturally sunkissed.
Posted 11 May 2010 - 10:41 AM
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Posted 11 May 2010 - 12:36 PM
In the past, I have used Banana Boat for kids, but I may try to look for Blue Lizard. Thanks for the tip!
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