I am actually allergic to UV light, so I wear sunscreen year round every day no matter what. I put it on under a swim suit (because swim suits don't all have SPF and I can't find one long enough that does have SPF protection built in). I have to put sunscreen on my head as well if my hair has a part in it that day. I have never used a tanning bed, and have ALWAYS used sun screen. Even with sun screen when in the sun I get itchy and uncomfortable as well as hot really quickly. I use Neutrogena sunscreen with Helioplex every single day no matter what. Everyone has different skin types though, so what works for me other people don't need.
I go to an annual dermatology exam. My doctor said a tablespoon of sun screen on your face and a shot glass worth on your body. She says it is worthless to use ones with more than 50 SPF...a waste of money. Also she wants me to use the ones with Helioplex. I use Neutrogena.
I do notice that, when exposed to the sun at the same time of day, my arm will not really feel the heating if I have sunscreen on, but will if I don't.
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I don't use sunscreen either, at least not the commercial types - the petrochemicals in them scare me more than the sun does. If I use sunscreen, I use one without all the chemicals in it.
The 9 tablespoons was if you were out at the beach not daily, but you should always protect your face, neck, arms and legs in the summer months and yes even on cloudy days. The SPF should be at 30 and higher. I see that a lot of parents don't even apply anything to their kids and walk around seeing many infants never mind toddlers and children a little older with red burnt skin. As a mom I was always applying to my son and he's never ever had a sunburn I also made sure he wore a bucket hat as a baby as so many little ones are without hats (talking babies here) and the skin on their heads are so thin layered, you have to protect them they can't ask for you to put a hat on them. I was never aware that you could get sun damage in your car while driving until my husband started getting it on the left side and he doesn't even drive for a living. Your skin is the largest organ of your body as someone stated and if it takes 9 tablespoons to do so when your out at the beach then it's worth it to me then getting skin cancer. I'd rather be cautious then cheap when it comes to my health and the health of my child. As for the bathing suits that have SPF someone said that on here it might be good for the first few times of wearing it but it eventually wears off (you'd be lucky if it helped the first few times as you usually wash a suit before wearing). So do as you want I just brought it to your attention because I was unaware of some of the things and thought I'd pass it on.....
5/11/13 9:36 P
here is food for thought: Both my DH and I are fair skin blonde hair. He used sunscreen faithfully and I didn't - yet - he had skin cancer and I didn't. hhhummmmm
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I usually put sunscreen on all over but I never heard to put it under your bathing suit. But I usually don't go swimming as I am alergic to the sun.
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My "rules" are from my dermatologist!! I've already had two patches of Basil Skin Cell Carcinoma (shoulder & face) and some other sun-damaged areas on my face....
I've never been a "lay in the sun"-worshipper, but I did grow up in Eastern Washington summer sunshine, and spent a lot of outdoors time both as a child and adult. Sunburns were pretty common when I was a kid!!
But I agree with PP...still never heard some of these "Rules"....! patti
5/11/13 7:38 P
Wonder how many of these "rules" are set out there by companies that make sunscreen, and people arn't buying enough of it?? Wouldn't surprise me at all. Billion dollar business!!
I apply spf all over after my morning shower and reapply to exposed skin if I will be out for a while. I also swim in the shade if possible. I am fair and live in Florida where the sun is closer to the earth. Earth's Ozone is thinning and we are more at risk than 20 years ago. But 9 Tbsp is a bit much.
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also forgot...also sunscreen anytime I'm going to "altitude"! Since I'm a sea level dweller, that means above about 2500 ft! (I know...those of you in Denver are giggling now!!)
Have a happy and safe summer all!! patti
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I only sunscreen if I know I'm going to be one or more of the following:
a) be out for over 20 min. You don't produce vitamin D with sunscreen on, so I give myself 20 min! b) be in a "high reflective" environment: water, snow, desert c) be wearing really light clothing (aka hot environment).
And, I always have a hat, polarized sunglasses, and most always you'll find me in a long sleeve shirt (unless maybe on the bike!!)
and no...I don't sunscreen under clothing, including bathing suits. The exception is the arms, if I want the option to take the shirt off.... patti
GrizGirl- I so agree! Nine TBSP a day times family of four would be very, very costly! I wonder whoever wrote that up has ties to sunscreen companies ;)
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2,243 5/11/13 12:40 P
I've heard all that--but there's no way I'm putting on a gallon of sunscreen everyday. I coat my face & try to stay out of the sun as much as possible. Who can afford to buy enough sunscreen to use NINE TBSP a day?!?
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5/11/13 12:36 P
putting on sunscreen daily also means you never get 'caught' without it. You may get stuck outside unexpectedly...if you make a habit of putting on sunscreen, that won't happen.
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5/11/13 12:16 P
Just a important note to add...My dermatologist strongly recommends everyone wear sunscreen daily, regardless of intended sun exposure. The idea is we are exposed to many harmful rays and don't realize it. Plus if protected ahead of time - you don't forget. I wear a broad spectrum SPF 55 under my makeup making sure to cover my throat area and ears. Being a light complexion red head this has saved me many painful sunburns. I wish I had listen years earlier.
How did we all live so long without this kind of thing?
Um.... We DIDN'T. Go to old cemeteries, research your family tree, read history books, and you see that an awful lot of people used to die in their forties from all sorts of things that we now generally prevent. Think about it: if your 45-year-old neighbor died from skin cancer, you'd think it was shocking and incredibly tragic. If your grandparents' 45-year-old neighbor had died of skin cancer, it just would have been sad. If *their* grandparents' 45-year-old neighbor had died of skin cancer, it would have been pretty much normal. In fact, all four of my grandparents had had a non-malignant skin cancer removed by my age, but none of my sibling or cousins have had to go through that.
And think about child mortality. That's gotten to the point where today, if you give birth to three children, you just assume that all of them are going to live to be adults. As little as three generations ago, if you gave birth to three children, you pretty much expected that you were going to lose at least one. My four grandparents had a total of 12 siblings born (that I know of) and only 8 of them survived to the age of 15. And that was NORMAL. In my generation, out of all my siblings and cousins, no one has ever lost a child. Same general gene pool, but they got vaccinations, they wore bicycle helmets, and their parents turned the pan handles toward the back of the stove when they were babies.
I'm sorry, but I think giving people simple reminders that might keep them or their children alive longer is a GOOD thing.
I put sunscreen on before I dress if I know I'm going to be outside for a while. I use a spray, and just put it everywhere. I've been burned through clothes before!
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5/11/13 9:21 A
I always applied sun screen before putting on my swim suit...just to make sure I didn't miss the edges.
some swimwear DOES have an SPF, as do some clothes. You'll see it on the label. I also remember the 'tan- thru' suits...so you wouldn't have tan lines. The were designed to provide no protection from the sun.
also, when I go to the pool I often see parents apply sunscreen to their kids when they arrive at the pool. they should do it at home while the kids are getting dressed. It takes about 20-30 minutes before it will become activated to protect you from the sun. It is goo that they are using it, but it would be better to do it before going out into the sun.
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Fenwaygirl you are so right. My brother drove cross country as a truck driver most of his life. The one side of his face is marred by the sun . Thanks for posting all the life saving issues about sun screen. I did not know about the bathing suit,never thought about that Plus I never knew how much to use, Thanks !!! Judy
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I agree with TCcanno:
"I have to wonder how we all managed to live so long not doing any of these things. Maybe we,would live to 200 (what a thought) if we did all the thing THEY say we should do."
I know that direct sun is harmful. I'm sure it is wise to always use lots of sunscreen. But I am willing to go against whomever did this supposed study, and say that most bathing suits protect the skin that they cover BETTER than any sunscreen product. I personally will not bother putting on sunscreen underneath clothes, especially a swim suit.
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5/11/13 5:41 A
melanoma survivor (surgery was Apr 1, 2011)
I've never used a tanning bed. Not a 'sun worshiper'. I was always good about using sunscreen as an adult. I did get some sunburns as a kid, and spent a lot of time in the sun as a teen (we had a pool). I did use sunscreen when I was at the pool, too.
skin cancer has an extremely high cure rate when caught early. And an extremely high fatality rate when it isn't found in the early stages.
What is you body's largest organ? Your skin! If cancer is in your skin, it has a chance to spread everywhere...FAST!
See a dermatologist Get a full body scan. Go back for annual screenings. If you see a mole, freckle, whatever that worries you...ASK THE DOC!
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Know all these things 20 years back because the ozone layer is so at its thinnest over New Zealand when I was a postal delivery officer. I was burnt to a crisp daily through adias clothing and with using nearly half a bottle of sun block not sun cream.. We were out delivering post in the most dangerous time of the day, because the post must be delivered no matter what the conditions.. We had to be fit biking up hills and putting the post in the letter box without stopping was one way of cutting down exposure time.. Alot of our summer olympic athletes worked as posties because they could do the rounds in half the time, have flexiable time off work to compete and keep fit..
Edited by: REDSHOES2011 at: 5/11/2013 (04:28)
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I have to wonder how we all managed to live so long not doing any of these things. Maybe we,would live to 200 (what a thought) if we did all the thing THEY say we should do.
Remember the peanut package reads "this may contain nuts" says it all...
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I did read about that.
5/10/13 11:31 P
Did you know that you should put sunscreen on under your bathing suit because the bathing suit doesn't protect you? Did you know that your suppose to put 9 tablespoons of sunscreen on every time? Did you know that you should be wearing sunscreen when you drive? You can get sun damage on the side of your face that is facing the window and your arm and hand. Did you know that you should be reapplying the sunscreen because it can sweat off and especially at the beach you should be reapplying all over. Did you know a truck driver who was driving for 25 yrs with no sunscreen on his face, his left side aged 20 yrs more then the other and you have to see the picture to actually get the complete visual but it wasn't pretty.
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