SUNTAN LOTIONS: What brand doesn't wash off?

  • HndsmKansan

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    Jun 24, 2011 11:31 AM GMT
    So tomorrow the men's chorus in Wichita has its annual car wash. Board members of the organization also participate and I'll be there in my swimming suit a part of the day lending my assistance.

    Last year I had my "trusty" suntan lotion.. made sure it had good SPF numbers and reapplied, but I still burned the shit out of my feet since I had been wearing flip flops. Since I've learned about getting the lotions that are more water resistant. I'm not as much concerned about my back since I have a good tan going and I don't get as wet. I just want to be responsible with what I'm doing. Any brand recommendations? Thanks.
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    Jun 24, 2011 11:38 AM GMT
    My fav for being sweaty and in the sun all day is Bullfrog...don't know if it'll hold up to soapy water, though.
  • rnch

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    Jun 24, 2011 11:59 AM GMT
    if you need someone to apply said lotion ALL over you....... icon_wink.gif


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  • jimjock

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    Jun 24, 2011 12:39 PM GMT
    "Pictures or it didn't happen?" icon_wink.gif
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jun 24, 2011 12:41 PM GMT
    jimjock7 said"Pictures or it didn't happen?" icon_wink.gif


    What didn't happen??? My feet were burned last year? lol
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    Jun 24, 2011 12:43 PM GMT
    The water-resistant brands still wash off, particularly with soapy water. SPF greater than about 30 is generally a waste anyways, since the lotion generally isn't on the skin for more than a couple of hours at the most. The key to any sun protection is going to be frequent re-application. If you tend to burn easily, then you should probably re-apply every hour at a swimming-trunks-and-flip-flops car wash, even if it is water-resistant.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jun 24, 2011 12:45 PM GMT
    Thanks Bryanc.. I don't burn very easily actually, but my feet are different.
    The reflection from the parking lot, water and difficulty in keeping lotion on
    (and probably not paying enough attention last year) yielded very red
    burned feet. Just want to avoid this year and make sure I don't get too red elsewhere.
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    Jun 24, 2011 2:05 PM GMT
    As a fair-skinned guy who's almost always out in the sun and who's travelled to Australia and been out during their summer, I know my sun blocks! Bullfrog Surfer's Gel Formula SPF 36 is the only way to go!!

    Seriously, I've applied that shit in the morning, then spent the whole day on the beach in and out of the water, in Brisbane in February and I barely got any colour! The stuff is bulletproof.

    Sadly it's not available in Canada, so I have to order it to my sis' then have her send it to me.
  • kew1

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    Jun 24, 2011 2:36 PM GMT
    ubcboy saidAs a fair-skinned guy who's almost always out in the sun and who's travelled to Australia and been out during their summer, I know my sun blocks! Bullfrog Surfer's Gel Formula SPF 36 is the only way to go!!

    Seriously, I've applied that shit in the morning, then spent the whole day on the beach in and out of the water, in Brisbane in February and I barely got any colour! The stuff is bulletproof.

    Sadly it's not available in Canada, so I have to order it to my sis' then have her send it to me.


    I don't think it's the same stuff but I used a waterproof sports sunscreen in Australia years ago (it only claimed spf15+ ) - same thing, out all day in the sun for three weeks & still pale as a maggot with one application per day.
    They claimed it was waterproof for 8 hours in the sea & I believe them, almost had to sandpaper it off every night. Went scuba diving & didn't have to re-apply afterwards.
    Was good for mozzies as well, the sweat coudn't evaporate & they'd land on me & drown.icon_eek.gif
    Aussies know how to make sunscreen.
  • jim_sf

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    Jun 24, 2011 2:55 PM GMT
    ubcboy saidAs a fair-skinned guy who's almost always out in the sun and who's travelled to Australia and been out during their summer, I know my sun blocks! Bullfrog Surfer's Gel Formula SPF 36 is the only way to go!!

    Seriously, I've applied that shit in the morning, then spent the whole day on the beach in and out of the water, in Brisbane in February and I barely got any colour! The stuff is bulletproof.

    Sadly it's not available in Canada, so I have to order it to my sis' then have her send it to me.


    Is this it?
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B001PLKJLS/ref=dp_olp_new_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=new

    If so, they also make a sunblock-insect repellent combo. And if that works half as well as the sunblock does, then I need to buy stock in that company.
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    Jun 24, 2011 3:05 PM GMT
    Suntan lotions don't have a strong SPF rating, usually 15+ which is only enough if you work indoors for the the day (and go out for a lunch break). I'm a little confused though, is what you guys call suntan lotion what we in Australia call sunscreen? If you already have a tan you don't need suntan/tanning lotion (which makes a temporary dark tan activated by the sun).

    I'd stick with something thicker so something that has 'sport' in the label and a SPF of 30+ or higher (most sport sunscreens will be 40-60+) which are more sweat resistant and don't forget to get in between the toes. I use the brands Banana boat and Invisible zinc in either the cream (most effective), pump spray or spray can. And if you use moisturiser it's more effective to apply that first then the sunscreen as most people mix the two together (or their moisturiser has spf15+ in it).
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    Jun 24, 2011 4:19 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidI'm not as much concerned about my back since I have a good tan going and I don't get as wet.

    A tan is no protection - cover your back.
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    Jun 24, 2011 4:23 PM GMT
    ubcboy saidAs a fair-skinned guy who's almost always out in the sun and who's travelled to Australia and been out during their summer, I know my sun blocks! Bullfrog Surfer's Gel Formula SPF 36 is the only way to go!!

    Seriously, I've applied that shit in the morning, then spent the whole day on the beach in and out of the water, in Brisbane in February and I barely got any colour! The stuff is bulletproof.

    Sadly it's not available in Canada, so I have to order it to my sis' then have her send it to me.
    That's what I use. It's by far the best I've ever put on. Only drawback is it's a bitch to wash off when you put it on really thick.
  • jimjock

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    Jun 24, 2011 4:51 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan said
    jimjock7 said"Pictures or it didn't happen?" icon_wink.gif


    What didn't happen??? My feet were burned last year? lol


    You in the swimsuit.... icon_cool.gif
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    Jun 24, 2011 7:53 PM GMT

    Is this it?
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B001PLKJLS/ref=dp_olp_new_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=new

    If so, they also make a sunblock-insect repellent combo. And if that works half as well as the sunblock does, then I need to buy stock in that company.[/quote]

    That's the one!! I just ordered six bottles from drugstore.com - they have a sale on it right now.

    That being said, I've heard complaints about their other products - apparently they don't work as well. I dunno though.

    And as was mentioned above, it IS a bitch to wash off at the end of the day, but frankly, it's worth it. I already know I'm going to get skin cancer based on the number of burns I've had in my lifetime, but there's no need to make it even worse!
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jun 24, 2011 8:01 PM GMT
    eagermuscle said
    HndsmKansan saidI'm not as much concerned about my back since I have a good tan going and I don't get as wet.

    A tan is no protection - cover your back.
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    I didn't say I wouldn't cover my back.. I just said I burned the crap out of my feet.
  • Webster666

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    Jun 24, 2011 10:19 PM GMT
    ALL sunscreens will wash off if you sweat or go in the water.