wearing sun cream?

  • reisetyler

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    Jul 11, 2013 12:26 AM GMT
    ive been wondering if wearing sun cream stops you from getting a tan. the sun cream i have is SPF50 (dont know if that will affect the tan)
  • HottJoe

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    Jul 11, 2013 12:28 AM GMT
    It's not foolproof, and it only lasts a couple of hours, so if you want to avoid a tan you pretty much have to be careful about not spending prolonged periods in the sun.
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    Jul 11, 2013 2:54 AM GMT
    Sunscreen doesn't prevent you from getting a tan. It just reduces the chances of you getting sun burn. Basically, it slows down the tan/burn process.

    Also, there are two types of sunscreens.. chemical and mineral. It might be different for everyone, but I find that the mineral based (zinc oxide) sunscreens do a better job at "blocking" the sun and last longer.
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    Jul 11, 2013 3:00 AM GMT
    this is a question?
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    Jul 11, 2013 3:05 AM GMT
    No, it attracts sunlight. That's why it's called "sun cream." doh
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    Jul 11, 2013 3:08 AM GMT
    It will block like 97% of the rays, so you will still tan over time but it will help prevent you from getting sunburned. Depending on sweat / water you need to re-apply it often.
  • LJay

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    Jul 11, 2013 3:10 AM GMT
    OP, with your coloring, you are prone to skin problems later in life due to exposure in youth. I have similar skin. When I was a kid I went through periods of wanting to have a tan and periods of staying out of the sun. About 5 years ago, I had a first bout the skin cancer. You don't want that. Use the sun screen and avoid heavy sun exposure. Most of all learn to enjoy your skin type and don't think you have to be like anyone else. You don't. Ginger is a potent spice, you know!
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    Jul 11, 2013 3:15 AM GMT
    LJay saidOP, with your coloring, you are prone to skin problems later in life due to exposure in youth. I have similar skin. When I was a kid I went through periods of wanting to have a tan and periods of staying out of the sun. About 5 years ago, I had a first bout the skin cancer. You don't want that. Use the sun screen and avoid heavy sun exposure. Most of all learn to enjoy your skin type and don't think you have to be like anyone else. You don't. Ginger is a potent spice, you know!

    This needs to be repeated! I see tanning salons in every strip mall in my city, and people are getting cancer, all because the trends of the day shame you into thinking you have to be something you're not. It's even worse than when people thought smoking was cool!
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    Jul 11, 2013 3:21 AM GMT
    HottJoe said
    LJay saidOP, with your coloring, you are prone to skin problems later in life due to exposure in youth. I have similar skin. When I was a kid I went through periods of wanting to have a tan and periods of staying out of the sun. About 5 years ago, I had a first bout the skin cancer. You don't want that. Use the sun screen and avoid heavy sun exposure. Most of all learn to enjoy your skin type and don't think you have to be like anyone else. You don't. Ginger is a potent spice, you know!

    This needs to be repeated! I see tanning salons in every strip mall in my city, and people are getting cancer, all because the trends of the day shame you into thinking you have to be something you're not. It's even worse than when people thought smoking was cool!


    There's quite a few areas now considering ID'ing young people for tanning beds just like cigarettes or alcohol. I'm definitely in favour of that. Although education works better most times, it needs to be a combo of both.
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    Jul 11, 2013 7:45 AM GMT
    If you still want some color in your skin I'd suggest using an SPF of 15-30. Your skin will still be protected ( I think the figure is 93% of UVB rays) and hopefully you won't turn lobster red.

    Just make sure when your buying sunscreen that it has high UVA protection (which is different from the spf value) since those are the rays which prematurely age your skin.
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    Jul 11, 2013 1:17 PM GMT
    Even using products with a very hight SPF such as 50 or more will still allow you to tan, although you will tan more slowly. But be aware that even a hint of a tan means that the sun has damaged your skin and no sunscreen can completely block the sun's damaging rays. The sunscreen just reduces the amount of damage.

    And I type this while on vacation and spending lots of time in the sun. Even with applying and reapplying SPF 50, I'm still getting a tan.

    The only "safe" tan is from a sunless tanner although I've wondered weather years from now it will be determined that those aren't good for the skin either.
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    Jul 11, 2013 1:27 PM GMT
    Skin Cancer

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    Jul 11, 2013 1:30 PM GMT
    calguy456 saidSkin Cancer

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    Jul 11, 2013 1:31 PM GMT
    There is little difference between a "sunburn" and a "suntan." Both indicate damage has been done. I know that's not what you want to hear but it's the truth.

    I absolutely love the sun and love being on the water, which reflects the sun and makes skin damage even more likely. This is what I do when I know I'm going to be out in the sun....

    At least an hour before leaving the house, I apply Zinc Oxide, (the transparent one of course icon_biggrin.gif) But there's a catch; you cannot be sweating or have any moisture on your body at all or it will not apply well. Also, for that next hour or so, don't exert yourself or you will start sweating and reduce it's effectiveness. I usually just watch TV, read a book or harass people on RJ for an hour or so. icon_cool.gif I find with Zinc Oxide I don't have to reapply, even if I've been swimming. My biggest problem with all sunscreens is that it always ends up in my eyes somehow. I normally wash my hands throughly with Dawn dishwashing detergent to remove it from my hands, but still it finds a way to migrate into my stupid eyes. icon_evil.gif
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    Jul 11, 2013 1:50 PM GMT
    I use SPF50 all the time. My carcass tans but doesn't burn. However, I don't spend a lot of time in the sun. Even when in the sun like a walk the park, fair or outdoor event my umbrella is up. I just burn too easy. I'll take peoples judgmental looks over skin ailments or a burn any day.
  • HottJoe

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    Jul 11, 2013 6:30 PM GMT
    SeismicMuscle said
    HottJoe said
    LJay saidOP, with your coloring, you are prone to skin problems later in life due to exposure in youth. I have similar skin. When I was a kid I went through periods of wanting to have a tan and periods of staying out of the sun. About 5 years ago, I had a first bout the skin cancer. You don't want that. Use the sun screen and avoid heavy sun exposure. Most of all learn to enjoy your skin type and don't think you have to be like anyone else. You don't. Ginger is a potent spice, you know!

    This needs to be repeated! I see tanning salons in every strip mall in my city, and people are getting cancer, all because the trends of the day shame you into thinking you have to be something you're not. It's even worse than when people thought smoking was cool!


    There's quite a few areas now considering ID'ing young people for tanning beds just like cigarettes or alcohol. I'm definitely in favour of that. Although education works better most times, it needs to be a combo of both.

    I've learned not to direct my comments at individuals who go tanning, because it's not my goal to put them on the defensive, but when a hot guy reports that he's been tanning, I want to show him pictures of my female cousins who are my age but look like they are in a whole different generation.icon_confused.gif