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gothictheysay
post Jun 7 2004, 02:47 AM
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Okay, it's summer unless you live in the other hemisphere. I'm half German and parts Polish and Scottish - I burn, I don't tan. Well, after I burn I tan. But my father thinks I'm going to get skin cancer. My first major burn was at the "beach" (they added sand to a big pool) and then today. The first one was peeling, and I still didn't put anything on today. Stupid me. So I've got lots of aloe vera on. It's mostly my back, since I've been in a swimsuit. It used to not hurt, but I've burned it worse this time. There's some on my face, but it's not badly burned.

How about you guys?

{edit - I'm turning into a grammar nazi!}

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post Jun 7 2004, 02:54 AM
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Sunscreen works.

I've only been burned maybe twice in my whole life. I'm paranoid about getting wrinkles later on due to sun damage...or worse yet, skin cancer...so SPF 30 is my best pal. If you burn easily, why don't you use sunblock? blink.gif


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post Jun 7 2004, 04:10 PM
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Ah, sorry, I wasn't very specific.

I did at the "beach" but it probably washed off.

And I didn't the other day because I was stupid. dry.gif


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post Jun 7 2004, 06:13 PM
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I burn. I burn and end up looking like a tomato. Two summers ago the tops of my boobs burned so badly they blistered. (This is probably too much information. But oh well.)

And right now I'm almost over a patchy sunburn, once again on my boobs. And the fronts of my shoulders. (Luckily my back didn't burn.)

Mind you, I wear sunscreen! Last summer I wore spf 50. Basically what they use on little kiddies. And I was blindingly pale until the last week of summer, when I lost my sunscreen. And then I burnt. In stripes. (This may have been due to the fact that I spent 13 hours on the beach in one day. dry.gif Brilliant of me.)

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post Jun 7 2004, 06:21 PM
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I got sunburned RLLY RLLY bad once....... my cousin and I spent 8 1/2 hours in the sun (about 103-105 degrees) without any sunscreen.... Those next 3 weeks were miserable for the both of us, expecially since we went up to our cabin in Wyoming.....


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post Jun 7 2004, 06:51 PM
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QUOTE (Twitching @ Jun 7 2004, 07:13 PM)
I burn. I burn and end up looking like a tomato. Two summers ago the tops of my boobs burned so badly they blistered. (This is probably too much information. But oh well.)

I'm waiting to peel.

I don't tan at all. I burn. All the time. White to red in no time at all.
I once got burned all the way up and around my arms. I could pull the skin off in sheets, or if it was far anough around, like some kind of organic sock. (That's too much information)


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post Jun 7 2004, 07:20 PM
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I burn if I don't wear sun screen. Bit of an obvious statement really.


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post Jun 7 2004, 10:44 PM
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Ouchies. Where was your sunblock?


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post Jun 7 2004, 11:04 PM
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I'm Polish, German, English, and everything inbetween. But mainly those three. So, technically, I should burn but I don't. I will if I'm out too long on a really hot day with nothing on, but I won't burn badly.

Here's a tip though: For anyone going someplace warmer, go tanning for just a few sessions. (not a lot because that's not good for you)

I went tanning a couple of times for my prom but went down to Philly PA for a race the weekend of the prom. It was almost 100 out and all the girls on our team were out on the water. I was the only one who didn't look like a lobster.


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post Jun 7 2004, 11:09 PM
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Going a bit red on occasion probably won't do you a great deal of harm, but if you manage to get burned to the degree of feeling anyhting worse than a slight sting when you scratch an itch or, heaven forbid, blistering and peeliong you really are risking your health

Juice could probably tell us all about it, as I'm lead to believe that they're very hot on sunblock education in the antipodes.


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post Jun 7 2004, 11:59 PM
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A peely, blistery sunburn is actually classified as a second degree burn, and it is something that should be taken seriously. Wear a hat and put on some sunblock when you go outside, otherwise your skin wont let you forget it.
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post Jun 8 2004, 02:28 AM
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It has been a while since I have been sunburnt. For a while, the tan was staying from me being in high school marching band for four years. Now its going away, but it might come back when I join the college marching band these next two years..... blink.gif


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post Jun 8 2004, 12:45 PM
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Oo, it's sunny outside, I might go an indulge in a bit of burny goodness myself.

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post Jun 8 2004, 01:12 PM
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How can you, Mata? It's horribly hot today, I'm inside with the curtains drawn and I feel sick from it.

I burn very easily, though I freckle slightly too - that'd be the quarter-Irish, probably. Or something. I've passed out from heatstroke before, and I really, really can't stand the heat.


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post Jun 8 2004, 03:48 PM
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I went down to Newquay in Cornwall the Bank holiday weekend got totally fried, i looked like a diseased lobster when i started peeling on the Tuesday. smile.gif
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post Jun 8 2004, 08:06 PM
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I kinda burn easily, but Im usually ok. My bro, on the other hand, is always fried sunny side up in warmer climes. He gets so badly burnt he cant walk sometimes (mainly because he acts tough and doesnt put sunblock on).

What I don't understand is factor suncream stuff. It's like women's dress sizes, just leaves me with the expression of "....what?" How do all the numbers tell you stuff? What does it mean? 15? 15 what? eeugh!

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post Jun 8 2004, 09:26 PM
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being of blatant meditaranian decent (lots of people have told me this....so its true) I tan really very well and turn a nice golden brown, course, being a wannabe computer geek i'm a light colour...though still browner than most.....i also don't burn much....except today, the back of my neck feels a little raw....but i was outside all day labouring....so...HAHA!! tongue.gif


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What I don't understand is factor suncream stuff. It's like women's dress sizes, just leaves me with the expression of "....what?" How do all the numbers tell you stuff? What does it mean? 15? 15 what? eeugh!


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post Jun 8 2004, 09:45 PM
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QUOTE (FurryMammal @ Jun 8 2004, 10:06 PM)
I kinda burn easily, but Im usually ok. My bro, on the other hand, is always fried sunny side up in warmer climes. He gets so badly burnt he cant walk sometimes (mainly because he acts tough and doesnt put sunblock on).

Tell him he is a pillock, then beat him with a stick until he starts using it. There are few things less attractive than a person covered in melanomas.

As for protection factors, it is all based on multipliers for burn times. If you would end up crispy and peeling after 20 minutes (not all that uncommon - during the summer weather reports often give estimated burn times) a sunblock of SPF2 would allow you 40 minutes, while SPF3 would give you an hour. As a rule you should always go a fair bit stronger than you think though.


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post Jun 8 2004, 11:17 PM
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blink.gif

They sell sunblock with SPF2?!

And everyone advises here you always use SPF 15 or higher... blink.gif

The lowest I've ever seen was SPF 6 on some tanning lotion.

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post Jun 8 2004, 11:48 PM
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Do they have a different SPF scale across the pond? I'm rather intruiged as to how you could have an SPF of 2 or 3 without having a different scale. Otherwise, it's just all creme with no real protection at all.

I'm prone to using SPF 45 and up for a few reasons:

My jobs all require me to be outside for the majority of the day during peak sun hours. I work as marching, visual, and instrumental staff for two different schools during their respective band camps. Being in marching band for five, almost six years really changes your perspective on heat and the sun, it really does. 90 degrees (F) is just a tad uncomfortable whereas most people in this area would call it blistering hot and declare a heat wave.

My other reason for using high SPF sunscreens is because my father died of melanoma about a year and a half ago. He used to spend just about all of his time in the sun and he wound up paying for it at a fairly early age. So yeah, I'm a bit skiddish about the sun now.


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post Jun 9 2004, 02:45 PM
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^ *huggles* sad.gif

i don't burn. i burnt once, because i spent an entire day without suncream in a greek heatwave. stick me outside for a typical hot summer day in the uk; i don't even go red. biggrin.gif it's my romanian descent.

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post Jun 9 2004, 03:39 PM
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QUOTE (gothictheysay @ Jun 9 2004, 12:17 AM)
They sell sunblock with SPF2?!

I've seen a SPF 2 oil, but that just makes you cook faster ....... i thought it similar to basting yourself in the sun. huh.gif
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post Jun 9 2004, 05:52 PM
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yeah.....i do burn....got it on the back of my neck a little.....its sore....damn you sun!! *shakes fist!* (in my defense i was on the roof of an oast house...well scaffolding around it at least)


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I got sunburned Sunday at work (I'm a lifeguard, sun is a daily enemy), but only on my legs, where I forgot the sunscreen. It's SPF 45 daily for me! biggrin.gif


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post Jun 10 2004, 11:19 AM
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SPF is the amount of time an 'average' person can stay in the sun before showing redness , divided by ten.

So, SPF 30 means that an average person can stay in the sun for 300 minutes before going red. SPF 16 means you can stay in the sun 160.

OF course, if you know that you aren't average then you have to adjust this according to your personal experience, but that's what it means.

I don't have a lot of problems with the sun. Remember that I'm a guy who, given the chance, goes and spends a week at the Burning Man festival in the Black Rock desert in Nevada. It's just around the corner (ish) from Death Valley. Admittedly it does get a bit hot there sometimes, even for me, but generally it's lovely. Until the night when it becomes freezing (realtively speaking)!


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