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Question Quality Sunscreen?

I'm about to leave the sunny shores of the UK and head off to warmer climates for a while.

In the past I have always used Elizabeth Arden sunscreen but can't seem to find the same product anymore.

Can anybody suggest some good quality sunscreen (I have a fair complexion so lobster easily) other than that at the local Chain store chemist?

Is there such a thing or is it all using exactly the same chemical? Is there a more natural product available?

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See the posts on Avon Skin So Soft. It comes in SPF-30
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I would advise against using the once-a-day sunscreens when motorcycle travelling. The reason being that a) there are some doubts expressed about how good they are vs. frequently applied, broadspectrum sunscreens and b) they need to be applied to clean skin which, correct me if I'm wrong, isn't usually possible for motorcycle overlanders!

Next time I'll just take a normal tube of high factor and apply it as and when it's needed.
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I know it can be hard in hot countries, but staying covered up is the best way to go - my wife always wears a silk balaklava under her helmet and puts some SPF50 cream on around her eyes. She always wears leathers since being hit by a taxi 30+ years ago - ambulance driver gave her the padded leather kneecap from the taxi's bumper and told her if she'd been wearing jeans that would have been her knee.

My son swears by zinc cream - SPF100 if you put it on thick enough, but causes alarm when entering a bank or when entering a church as you look like one of the walking dead.

Off the bike - good sun shirt and trousers with SPF50 again - most outdoor sports shops sell them for kayaking/walking. A sun hat with a wide brim or one of those Lawrence of Arabia wraparound caps. Then its just a case of slopping on sunscreen on the bare bits.

In hot and dry conditions you are always cooler being fully clothed, hot and humid gets hard as your sweat makes any SPF rated clothing suspect.
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Anything higher than 30 SPF is a waste of money. You can only get a limited amount of protection from sunscreen and the limit is 30. Smear it on your face and if you ride without gloves, your hands. Wear long sleeves, long pants and don't worry about the UVs. Over the past 30 years I've been sunburned once and that was through stupidity in thinking that because I am naturally dark I could stand the Asian sunshine and get a nice tan if I wore a short tank top and shorts. You ever see a sunburned Indian? not nice to look at. peeling snakes look better.
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You ever see a sunburned Indian? not nice to look at. peeling snakes look better.
I worked with a bloke who was as Black as the Ace of Spades. One summer he got sunburned and ended up a deep, purple colour. Ouch !
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I was told by a skin doctor that nothing LESS than 30 was a waste of money...

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I was told by a skin doctor that nothing LESS than 30 was a waste of money...
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Also "Anything higher than 30 SPF is a waste of money."
I guess that means that 30 SPF is the perfect number :confused1:
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i got the worst sunburn of my life using that Skin So Soft spf 30 sunscreen. and i am the type to reapply every hour.

my current favorite is Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock, spf 100

i have extremely sensitive skin, but i can wear that stuff all day long without it becoming irritating. it works.

i agree with the folks who advocate covering up. i use a sunblock under my shirts or i will get a sunburn through them.

sunblock is better than sunscreen
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A good water repellent or sport sunscreen with a minimum SPF 30 is a good idea as it stays on longer in perspiring hot conditions - but you still need to eapply regularly, every couple of hours or so - more if it get 'washed off'. Whats available will depend on local markets
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I've just applied my sunscreen before starting on the days travelling, I'm in central Nevada at the moment and it's gin clear and in real money 0C. I use it every day sometimes 2-3 times when I remember and it does provide cover against wind burn and sun burn even when I am not as fragrent as others would like me to be. The name on the tube is Nivea 60 and although the skin is getting a bit battered by old age and the hair is grey it was once ginger so I do burn. Ride safe and as they say around these parts in a high pitched girlie voice. "have a nice day."

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Hi,
Well I have just had skin cancer removed from my hand the Surgeon, informed me the best sunscreen to have is 30 as it is considered 50 is a wast, along with anything less this information had come about via our Ozzie friends doing tests as well as our own tests.
may i point out I was surprised I got cancer but he told me it is because most of us do not put sun screen on the backs of our hands, (where the cancer was),
may I also point out that, wearing trousers & long sleeved Shirt is a good call,
but if you are like me have close cropped hair or bald (I went bald from 21)
put sunscreen on your head as it will be used to it.
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