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Rastagirl
05-12-2009, 04:48 PM
Hey guys..

I was shopping at Target today and browsed thru the Sunscreens to see what's available and guess what I found?

A Sunblock that's 100+

Yep, you read right....

The brand is Neutrogena, Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock, SPF 100+, with Helioplex, recommended by the American Cancer Society.

I was looking at the numbers and found the usual Banana Boat 50...then found a 75...then to my amazement an 85...then my eyes landed on this one....100+

I am duly impressed. Bought a bottle for $10.99 and I might get a chance to try it out this weekend....we're expecting 85 degree temps on Sunday. Woo Hoo! :veryhappy:

I'll try it and report back my findings.

Just thought I'd share my incredible find. Seems like each summer they keep coming out with better and better choices....lucky for us Lupies.

Fondly,

Lori :cool2:

iseedeadmonkeys
05-12-2009, 08:49 PM
Well either your extreamly bored, or need to get out?

either way i think you should find a new hobby :)

The dermatologist gave me a prescription for sun sence, do u get it over there? they use it in australia, .......hmm whatever trevor!

i use it, its like 50+ or summin like tht, but i need to remember not to go as soon as ive applied it as it makes you look like uve dipped ya face in a tub of cream :)

hava good day rasta

ISDM
xx

Rastagirl
05-12-2009, 09:51 PM
Hey ISDM...

What do ya mean....I do get out....I do have a hobby....

SHOPPING AT TARGET! Didn't you read my post? :)

And I'm damn good at it too! :lmao:

Rasta

NoodleMom
05-13-2009, 04:14 AM
Rasta too funny!!!:laugh:

I found the Banana boat one that was 85+. It is a clear spray. I wish I had seen the Neutragena one. I may get that. My skin is so sensitive I burn in the shade. Last year I broke out in a rash allover my back and arms all because I sat on the porch in the shade for 15 minutes. I am a bit anxious about that happening again.

K

lucky7
05-13-2009, 12:44 PM
LOL LOri!! YOu make me laugh EVERY TIME!!!!!!! :laugh:

Rastagirl
05-15-2009, 11:46 PM
Okay...so it's supposed to be beautiful, sunny, 85 degrees on Sunday here in good ole' Portland, Oregon and I was all excited to go try out my fancy new Sunblock, the one that says I can stay out 100+ times longer than anyone else (just joking about that). But tonight on the local news they shared that this might not be such a good idea....our UV index is going to be a 9 on Sunday!! :wacko:

Whatever the heck that means. They seemed to be very concerned on the news about any of us fair skinned, Portland pantywaists heading out into the outdoors. If we're not supposed to be out there, then why even bother selling us the crazy sunblock in this state in the first place?

I think I smell a scam here? *she sniffs here and there*

Rasta :cool2:

Rastagirl
05-15-2009, 11:50 PM
Well either your extreamly bored, or need to get out?

either way i think you should find a new hobby :)

The dermatologist gave me a prescription for sun sence, do u get it over there? they use it in australia, .......hmm whatever trevor!

i use it, its like 50+ or summin like tht, but i need to remember not to go as soon as ive applied it as it makes you look like uve dipped ya face in a tub of cream :)

hava good day rasta

ISDM
xx

Deadmonkeys...

I'd really like to see what you look like when you've dipped ya face in a tub of cream....could ya take a picture next time and post it for us?

:)

Rasta :cool2: throwing it back your way, Jane...

mountaindreamer
05-16-2009, 08:45 AM
hi lori,

ok folks, now we know who is our expert Target shopper. You are one of the funniest people i have had the pleasure of knowing.

thanks for the info., i will make a trip to my local target in search for 100 proof sunblock.

why didn't you go shopping before i made my trip to the coast? This is the story of my life "a dollar short and a day late".

AChronic
05-16-2009, 05:44 PM
*Takes a bow*
fair-skinned, Portland pantywaist here!

lol... loved that... although I don't have a pale, soft porcelain complexion unfortunately (I'd just about pay money for that), picture a little pink piglet, yep my skin is always pink. It can't even be considered 'rosy', nope there's nothing real appealling about my pinkness. oops, I wasn't writing to rant.

Thanks for the info on the 100+. Like everyone else, I'm always looking for the latest greatest but I'm real particular about smell, consistancy and that type of thing. Does it smell sunblocky? I'm that person that stands at the sunblock display smelling the ones that I can.

Stay cool! I had to alter my plans for the weekend when I heard we were in for warm temps. Next week I am going on the hunt for a hat for the summer. Did you see any at Target? hahaha!

~Andrea

Rastagirl
05-16-2009, 09:08 PM
*Takes a bow*
fair-skinned, Portland pantywaist here!

lol... loved that... although I don't have a pale, soft porcelain complexion unfortunately (I'd just about pay money for that), picture a little pink piglet, yep my skin is always pink. It can't even be considered 'rosy', nope there's nothing real appealling about my pinkness. oops, I wasn't writing to rant.

Thanks for the info on the 100+. Like everyone else, I'm always looking for the latest greatest but I'm real particular about smell, consistancy and that type of thing. Does it smell sunblocky? I'm that person that stands at the sunblock display smelling the ones that I can.

Stay cool! I had to alter my plans for the weekend when I heard we were in for warm temps. Next week I am going on the hunt for a hat for the summer. Did you see any at Target? hahaha!

~Andrea

Hi Andrea...

Well it looks like we hit 80 degrees today, and I tried the sunblock. I'm happy to report it smells really good...not sunblocky at all. I forgot to check out the scent before I bought it, so was happy to find that it smelled better than any I've tried. And it's creamy, but really thick...not runny. So it went on nice, more like a body lotion. I was a little bit greasy at first, but it soaked in pretty quick. I hate the real liquidy ones that never seem to soak in and attract dirt and yuck on your skin. It says you only have to apply it 15 minutes before sun exposure and I like that. I always seem to forget to put my sunscreen on 30 minutes before like most of them say. Then I end up having to wait to go out.

I worked in my front yard cleaning up a flower bed area for about 3 hours today, but most of the first 2 hours were under the tree that's over the flower beds. So it was a little filtered sun on me. Then I grabbed a lawn chair and sat, in the sun, in the driveway keeping my husband company while he changed the brake pads on my truck. I sat there for about 45 minutes and drank a beer as a reward for all my hard weed pulling. :friday: And I am happy to announce that I sit here tonight with no trace of pink sunburn at all. I seem to have tolerated the sun really well with this sunblock. And you know what, it left my skin soft and moisturized and there's no trace of the scent left on me.

My verdict: The Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock, SPF 100+ gets an A+ ...:yes:

Supposed to be even hotter tomorrow...hope you find a cool spot to hang out.

Take care,

:cool2: <<<<<<< Lori

p.s. Target had lots of cute sun hats...in fact, they had all kinds of cute hats. I really need to go back. :veryhappy:

AChronic
05-17-2009, 01:06 AM
Glad to hear it worked so well for you. Thanks again for sharing, it will save a lot not having to try them out.

maguadalupe
05-17-2009, 05:53 AM
i really hate wearing sunscreen don't know why i don't go out becuase i have to wear that
i have a question for some one does any one feel when thier out in the sun that you get weak and all you what to do is sleep ?


maria

Rastagirl
05-17-2009, 10:48 AM
Yes Maria..

For those of us with Lupus, that's a very common effect from being out in the sun, feeling weak and tired. As is nausea, headache, low grade fever, chills...basically all the symptoms of a bad flare. Oh, yeah, and the sun can cause a bad red rash all over.

For the first 15 or 20 years of begin diagnosed with Lupus, and especially when I had active disease, I couldn't get ANY sun at all. Even the shortest time spent in it, would cause me to feel horrible. And that was such a frustrating thing for me when I was young and in my 20's, especially. All I wanted to do was outdoor activities, like everybody else got to enjoy.

But over time, and especially when I finally achieved a long lasting remission and things really quieted down with my Lupus, I was able to gradually tolerate small amounts of sunshine. But I had to be diligent about applying the sunscreen and wearing a hat and sunglasses. At first, I would only get about 15 or 20 minutes of direct sun, and then make sure I found shade. Gradually I seemed to be able to tolerate more at at time. I built up to 30 minutes of direct sun.

I've now been able to go to Hawaii, and last summer Jamaica, and enjoy a little time in the sun wthout the ill effects. I think one thing that has helped this, is the fact that we now have more effective sunscreens available.

The things I am absolute diligent about when I do get sun though, are making sure I don't miss a spot when I apply sunscreen, being careful to never overdo it and stay in it too long, and staying on top of my hydration. I drink tons of water anyway, but double it when I'm spending any time in the sun.

I know what you mean about hating to apply the sunscreen. I agree. It's so time consuming and then you end up greased up and slippery feeling. Hate that too. But if it means I can enjoy a little sun, I'm willing to do it. I spent so many years without ANY sun, that it feels like a treat now to get to feel it on my skin again. If I am allowed that pleasure once more in life, I'm willing to take the time to rub a little protection on.

I'm off today, practicing my safe sun rules! :veryhappy:

:cool2: Lori

lucky7
05-18-2009, 01:07 PM
OMG Maria!! YES!!! I ALways get SO SLEEPY and nauseated when i get in the sun! It gets in my system even quicker it seems when i dont wear my GOOD sunglasses! UGH!!!! I can barely hold my eyes open when i get a flare from the sun!!!:huh:

brandichi
05-19-2009, 01:14 PM
Before I was diagnosed, in addition to the overwhelming fatigue, my skin literally boiled in the sun. I would come in after just half an hour or so, and hundreds of little bubbles would be under my skin, especially on my arms. It was horribly painful, and I never wore sunscreen. I still hate wearing it, but I do it anyway. I haven't found one that doesn't smell like sunscreen (can't stand the smell of coconuts, or whatever that is) and no matter how long I wait for it to soak in, my makeup just doesn't look right. I know in the long run that doesn't matter as much as protecting myself from the sun, but I don't like for the butterfly rash to show if I can help it. I think I need to take a trip to Target this weekend... :yes:

lucky7
05-19-2009, 01:41 PM
Gotta LOVE those trips to Target!!!! Thanks for the info Lori!!! Any excuse to go to Target huh!!! LOL:laugh: Of course these days im not one for shopping like i used to be though! On the up side though it saves Carl and i money! LOL HE surely doesnt mind that! HMMMMMM, theres always those catalogs to order from though! SHHHHH, dont tell Carl! LOL:huh:

Rastagirl
05-19-2009, 05:25 PM
Hi Brandichi...

Sorry to hear about your reaction to the sun. I remember my skin having that reaction in the past...the little bubbles. When I was diagnosed at age 18, I spent the next 10 years totally unable to get ANY sun at all. When I had active Lupus during that time, I could not even get a small patch of sun on my skin, and I'd have a major skin reaction and end up feeling very, very sick. It only took a couple times of that for me to learn to totally avoid the sun. I always felt so strange during the sunny, summer months, while everyone was enjoying their shorts and tank tops and swim suits, I'd be covered in white from head to toe, and could be seen rushing from one spot of shade to the next where ever I went. I felt like such an outsider. It was one of the things that made me deeply sad for those ten years...that I could no longer bask in the sun....even when I was protected by sunscreens.

I fought it more than a few times, too. I remember when I was about 22 and my husband and I were living in downtown Portland in a high rise apartment building, I got totally fed up with missing the sun one day. Actually, I didn't just get fed up, I got defiant....and angry. I woke one morning just plain pissed at Lupus and what it had done to me, how much it had changed my life. I remember thinking...'this doesn't make sense, how can I be totally fine with the sun one day, and then just because they tell me I have Lupus, all of a sudden I can't get any sun anymore'. It just didn't seem logical to me...actually seemed kind of stupid. I stepped out on my deck and stood for 5 minutes watching all the people having fun in the sun...people roller blading, hurrying down to the waterfront with their lawnchairs in tow, walking their dogs...and I thought, this is not fair...I'm going to enjoy the sun too. And I did the unthinkable...I changed into shorts and a tank top, put on my sunscreen, found my lounge chair, my book and a bottle of water and I headed to the elevator in my building. I hopped on and then thought, hey instead of making the trip down to the grassy waterfront park, I need to be closer to the sun. I pushed the button to take me to the 31st floor...the sun garden on the rooftop. That way I could be right there up close to the sun, and it would be unobstructed by anything...straight from the atmosphere to my pale white skin. How's that for defiance? :yes: I rode the elevator to the top of my building, walked out to the garden and set up my lounge chair as I thought, 'how cool, I've got the whole place to myself.' I spent the next hour and a half basking in that sun, catnapping, only waking long enough to roll from front to back a few times. Had to make sure I baked evenly for those perfect tan lines. I even felt good through the whole thing, never felt sick at all. And it felt soooo good to have the sun baking me, felt like the good old days.

Finally I gathered my things and took the elevator back down to my apartment and went to fix dinner before my husband got home from his classes. I felt on top of the world...I told myself, 'see I can too get some sun, they don't what they're talking about'. Just a short time later, I had the first inkling that something was seriously wrong. I went from feeling great one minute, to breaking out in a cold sweat and horribly nauseated the next. My legs started shaking and my head began to ache. I suddenly became so tired I couldn't even think straight. Then I broke out in the worst red rash I've ever had in my life. It started on my legs and crept upward. Then when it succesfully covered me from head to toe, the little blisters started appearing and it started itching and burning. When my husband walked in the door shortly after, he found me in the bathroom so sick to my stomach I couldn't lift my head up. I could barely tell him what I'd done.

The end result of my defiance was a trip to the emergency room and a hospital stay of one week...during which time I had the worst Lupus flare of my life. I have never had so many Lupus symtpoms all at one time. I mean everything! Even after my body recovered from what I'd put it through, my mind held on to that for a long time. I became very fearful of the sun. I totally avoided any sun for years. I finally accepted that, at that time in my life, sun was my worst enemy. I was humbly put in my place by Lupus once again.

I think that gradually over the years, and because I've been in a strong remission for about 15 years, I have been able to get just a little sun if I am super protected by sunscreen. I am very careful to limit my exposure to early morning or later afternoon, I never actually sun myself, just do a few things in the sun, like plant a flower, then move to the shade for 20 minutes. Then I might walk around the yard and water my plants for another 15 minutes. Then back to the shade for a bottle of water. I am extremely careful when I'm in the sun and near water, like the ocean or a lake. I limit my direct exposure even more. For example, when I was in Jamaica last summer, my husband and I took out a small catamaran for some sailing and I used half a bottle of sunscreen and covered every spot on my body twice. I wore my all white clothes, long sleeves and cotton pants that covered to my feet (I stayed cool though, because the waves soaked everything I was wearing) and I tied my hat on my head (had to, we caught such great wind). I took 3 bottles of water with me and drank them all. We spent 2 hours out there on the beautiful Caribbean waters and had the time of our lives. And the best part, I never had any ill effects from the sun. Not one.

I celebrated my successful Sun Day later that evening at the piano bar, with a nice cool Rum Cream on ice and some dancing to my favorite music, Bob Marley. :grin69:

I wrote all of this as a warning to others with Lupus, be very careful in your definace if it involves the sun. I get nervous when I read about some of you saying the sun doesn't bother you and you're never going to stop getting sun. Please be extra careful EVERY single time you get sunshine on you. It is never worth the price you will pay. I have never met, or heard of, anyone with Lupus, that wasn't affected by the sun. Please be diligent in protecting yourself....and if you are in a time of active Lupus and having lots of flares, I'd recommend getting absolutely no sun at all. That's the only way to be sure.

Fondly,

:cool2: Lori

p.s. Brandichi...I'm the same way as you with sunscreen over my makeup, hate the look....I was very happy to find that this sunblock went over my makeup without much smearing at all. Better than most I've tried.