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I really need to start using sunblock, especially on longer rides.

I was diagnosed with 2 different forms of skin cancer yesterday (niether are melanoma, thankfully).

My doctor and my wife are going to be all over my a$$ about taking care of myself from now on and that's going to include slathering myself with sunblock.

I really hate the $h!t - I don't like the way they feel, sweating gets it in the eyes, dust sticks to you like glue AND THAT SMELL ......

Does anyone have any recommendations for sunblockers that might be a bit more user-friendly?

I've got a century ride planned for the 17th and a training climb this Saturday. I'm in Colorado and there's about a 100% chance it will be sunny and bright for both weekends. I'd like to have something lined up asap.

Any recs will be greatly appreciated
 

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A long sleeve moisture wicking/cool jersey?

I'm a ginger and that's my new go to for avoiding sunblock
Thought of that, but a "cool" jersey doesn't offer much in the way of protection for the face and head.
 

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Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch sunblock is my favorite of all that I've tried. It goes on pretty dry, not the oily feeling a lot of blocks leave behind. Doesn't smell too strong to my nose.

I wear a cycling cap under my helmet, so don't apply any to my forehead, thus eliminating the stinging seat/sunscreen mix that can be an irritation. I still put some on my lower face, nose and cheeks as well as all the other usual spots.
 

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I use Coppertone Sport Spray. I find it sticks and feels better than creams. Also, its super easy to apply on arms/legs. For the face just spray some on your hands and rub in.
 

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I hated sun cream too, always ended up in my eyes and felt sticky. I was recommended P20 by a couple of mates. Tries it and no more stinging eyes! Smells a bit funny, bit so does normal sun cream :)

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I typically hate the smell of sunblock/sunscreen, but I don't mind

AVON - Product
 

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I like the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer dry touch sunscreen as well, not greasy and the way it goes on kind of forces you to use a decent amount of it. You can also buy clothing that is advertised as having a certain SPF to boost your skin protection. I think Pearl Izumi and others make sun blocking arm sleeves that are used in hot or cold weather -- you'd think they'd be too hot in the hot weather, but if you squirt some water on them, they make your arms a lot cooler than bare skin alone. I think there are also head coverings that you can wear under your helmet that are advertised as a certain SPF too, so you could avoid the sunscreen-above-your-eyes-running-into-your-eyes-and-burning scenario... Good luck and glad you got your skin checked out!
 

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+1 for nutrogena ultra sheer. it comes in SPF 70.

If you buy it at costco, it's cheap and comes in a 2 pack. You also get 2 1-oz tubes that are small enough to stick in your back pocket so that you can reapply after a couple hours on the road. as far as I can tell, no offensive smell to it.
 

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Not to drift too far off topic, but what led up to the doctor visits and ultimately the discovery? I always find weird bumps and spots here and there.
Please do tell. Does skin color matter at all here? Like are light colored people more prone to this than darker colored people. Don't mean this in a racist way at all; I'm talking straight science and melanin levels here.
 

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Neutrogena is HYPER allergenic

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch sunblock...
Most Neutrogena sunscreens are preserved with methylisothiazolinone - a super strong sensitizer. In the 1980s this was introduced into consumer products in Europe. Four years later a study in Switzerland found that 4.8% of people were already hypersensitive to it. The latest research indicates that 22% of Americans are now hypersensitive to it. Dermatologists think that about a third of American patients that are treated for Eczema are really suffering from hypersensitivity to this chemical. NEVER use any product with a sensitizing preservative - methylisothiazolinone (kathon) or a formaldehyde-releasing preservative like diazolidinyl urea. These chemicals can make you really sick. They did it to me.

My favorite sunscreen is Aloegator gel.

Here is a site with good information about sunscreens:

http://breakingnews.ewg.org/2012sunscreen/
 

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Not to drift too far off topic, but what led up to the doctor visits and ultimately the discovery? I always find weird bumps and spots here and there.
Good question, even if a little off-topic.

I already have cancer - a low-grade Non-Hogkins Lymphoma (part of the reason I got back on a bike after 45 years). Skin cancers are a hazard of my ethnic background (Norwegian/Swedish) and do run in my family. So, I'm a little gun-shy when it comes to "abnormalities". I had a mole near my left temple that scabbed over and wasn't healing. I also had a crusty patch at my left sideburn. I asked my Dr. to look at it couple weeks ago and last week she decided to biopsy those areas. Both came back as cancer. The temple spot is basal cell and the other is what they call squamous cell. Niether are life-threatening, but both have to go.

Doctors get a little intense when it comes to their patients with cancer. After my NHL diagnosis my doc got all over me about weight, diet, fitness and the only way to shut her up was to go along with the program. Now she will be all over me about using sunblock, etc. so I'm getting with it early.

I don't like the sunblocks I've used in the past and they aren't well-suited to cycling so that why I started this thread.
 

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I just bught long sleeve Ray jersey from nashbar, its rated SPF 50. Less areas to put sunblock on
I've thought about clothing solutions rather than chemical ....

This one looks promising.

AFTERWARDS: Sent link to my wife this morning and she's got one ordered already.
 

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Please do tell. Does skin color matter at all here?
Like are light colored people more prone to this than darker colored people
I'm not sure about that. It's been my experience that fair-skinned folks (Northern Europeans) seem to have more sun-related skin problems than darker-skinned. That's just my experience, however and shouldn't be confised with professional opinion.

Don't mean this in a racist way at all; I'm talking straight science and melanin levels here.
I'm not taking it as a racists thing at all nor do I think anyone else should. This is a health issue that can and perhaps will affect many of us and it's good to know what we're up against. Cyclists spend a lot of time out in the sun.
 

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Unfortunately, this is another area where trial and error is required. For me, Banana Boat Kids Tear Free works best - it doesn't sting in my eyes. But I know other people who can't use this particular sunscreen and instead have great success with something else that stings my eyes.

I've tried lots of the Sport sunscreens that didn't work for me, but other people are very happy with them.






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I use Skinceuticals tinted sunscreen for my face. It also comes in non-tinted version. It's a physical sunscreen containing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. I haven't tried their sport sunscreen yet. I purchase both of these from a local medical spa. I also use it in conjunction with their C E Ferulic serum to help protect my skin from UV and IRA free radicals that can lead to skin cancer.

For my body, I use La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 Melt-In sunscreen. If I'm hot and sweaty, it has a tendency to leave white lines. I've used their Anthelios 60 for face last year without any issues. Once my body sunscreen is gone, I'll try the Skinceuticals Sport.
 

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Please do tell. Does skin color matter at all here? Like are light colored people more prone to this than darker colored people. Don't mean this in a racist way at all; I'm talking straight science and melanin levels here.
Pretty much. Although people with high amounts of melanin aren't immune to skin cancers by any means, fair skinned people are much more prone to it.

I've never had a bad sunburn in my life. I'm half Italian, and have some Cree blood on the other side.

That being said, I took a LOT of sun exposure in my younger years, and now I play it safe. Still, no carcinomas as yet.

Basal and squallous cell cancers can almost always be treated by a simple excision, without much follow-up. Melanoma is a different story--it has to be caught early and treated early.
 

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I use a spray...not greasy, lasts longer and never runs into my eyes. My 1st choice is Block Up
 
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