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Ok, so I need a new sunscreen. Coppertone Sport and the generic Walgreens 80 min water resistant sunscreens keep running off. I like to get out there and stay out there when the wind is up.
I have dark tan skin but even after a full application of sunscreen and massaging it in plus giving it time to bond to my skin, all of it washes off and leaves me with a mild sunburn after only one 5 hour session. The sun down here in Miami is simply that powerful.
Alot of people swear by SolRx, although I cannot seem to find an economical way to buy a large quantity of it (they no longer sell it in 32oz bottles).
Any other suggestions? The FDA only rates to 80 min, any Euro/Aussie brands with higher ratings?
Zinc is the best. Theres a brand called solar zinc. Works really well but does burn your eyes if you dont rub it in well enough. They make a baby one which is supposed to be easier on the eyes. Its spf 50 but stays on all day. Kinda hard to get off
never seen a commercial sunscreen that doesn't wash off after 2 or 3 hours, you have to re-apply. Only stuff I ever used that lasts all day is when I bought some micronized zinc, beeswax & coconut oil melted my own sunblock and put it on like I was frosting a cake. I do like COTZ a lot, but it is a bit pricey. Let me know if you find some! I am always shopping for sunscreen. My skin does not tan it only burns.
To a certain extent your search is futile. In terms of water resistance and sun protection they're all about the same. There are only a limited number of chemicals that screen out UV. The main difference is whether you find a particular cream pleasant to use or not.
I find the invisible zinc ones and some of the sports ones really gluggy and greasy.
There is no such thing as a cream you can rub on then go kiting in hot sun for 5 hours and not get sunburned.
As far as I know the maximum time claimed for water resistance is 4 hours. They all do that pretty much. Some of the super greasy ones keep your skin slimy but that does not equate to more sun protection.
The highest sun protection factor in Australia is SPF 50. Even that is under test conditions in a laboratory. You don't get anything like that in the real world.
I carry a tube of Banana Boat Faces, mainly because the tube has a screw top and doesn't leak in my bag. I also have a pump pack of generic brand SPF 50, 4 hour water resistant. They are both fairly runny and rub on easily and I can clean them off easily at the end of the session.
The most important things by far are:
- Avoid excessive sun exposure when you are young. By the time you notice the damage it is too late. When we were children we were sunburned all the time and in our teens we were constantly working on our tans. There was no such thing as sunscreen. In my opinion if you avoid the extreme damage early then the cumulative damage is not so bad.
- Cover up. Wear a hat and a rash vest or wetsuit. Once you get used to it, it is kind of cool to be kiting in a cap.
PS. Be careful when applying sunscreens. You can get a build up in your eyebrows and it will wash down into your eyes and sting. Clean your hands well before going kiting. The solvents in the super waterproof ones will damage your bar and lines.