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Make sure your sun screen is fresh and effective. It is important for your skin's health to protect it from too much sun exposure. This guide contains sunscreen advise.
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By 4 found this helpful
July 20, 2011

When my kids were little, I enrolled them in the local YMCA summer fun club. One day, they took a day trip to the beach. They forgot their sunscreen on the bus. The counselors told them that was too bad, they weren't going to go back and get it.

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August 11, 20061 found this helpful

My friends and I are avid bike riders and happen to ride recumbents. As we are at retirement age or over, we have thinning hair. In fact, some of us are bald. My dear friend recently spent $14 on a skull cap to wear under his bike helmet so his head would not get sunburned. I was just about to do the same thing when the frugal side of me took over. What could I utilize under a bike helmet that was light, durable, disposable, absorbent, white, and economical? My Frugal Life

One night at three A.M., it dawned on me.

A coffee filter. I've been using them now for about a month and handing them out to my friends. We have a great laugh at my frugality!

SkyPrince from Des Moines, IA

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By 3 found this helpful
January 27, 2014

I just was in to the dermatologist office to have some cancerous skin spots removed from my mom's tip of her ear. The dermatologist gave us this information and I am sharing it here for the benefit of everyone. You may not know that sunscreens need to have certain ingredients and they need to be given time to soak in and reapplied according to the following guidelines:

  • Apply sunscreen 30 to 60 minutes before sun exposure because it takes time for the sunscreen to combine with the protein in the skin to be the most effective.

  • Water resistant sunscreens are effective for 40 minutes only. Waterproof sunscreens are effective for 80 minutes when used in the water.

  • There are many over-the-counter products. Any of these are adequate providing that you follow these guidelines.

  • The sunscreen should SPF -15 or greater. The sunscreen you choose must contain one of the following UVA agents: Zinc, Titanium, Oxybenzone, or parsol1789.

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By 1 found this helpful
August 24, 2006

Most people toss out products when the expiration date comes about. For your sunscreen, go ahead and use it for moisturizer, instead of tossing it in the trash. As expensive as it is, go ahead and get your money's worth from it.

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July 28, 2006

You can use makeup to supplement you sunscreen! Zinc oxide is an ingredient in most foundations - the same as in sun block. So I use inexpensive stick foundation where I freckle in addition to my sunscreen. (I got the idea from some sun-tinted zinc oxide sunscreen I ran across.) It has the extra advantage of being relatively sweat-proof. And it's so thrifty!

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By pamphyila from L.A., CA

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December 31, 20040 found this helpful

Sunscreen isn't just for summer. Sunlight reflecting off snow can give you a bad burn. Wear sunscreen and sun glasses when out in the snow.

By Linda

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December 19, 20040 found this helpful

If you are going on vacation to sunny climate, buy "fresh" containers of sunscreen and take it with you. Many times, in resort areas it is rather high priced so it's better to buy it before you arrive. Be sure to seal the sunscreen in a plastic baggy so it won't leak in your suitcase. By Syd

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By 0 found this helpful
May 8, 2010

My face becomes dark whenever it gets exposed in the sun, even for few minutes. How can I protect my face? It's oily. Can I use aloe vera?

Thank you.

By souzza

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May 8, 20100 found this helpful

I get dark also, I use a good sunscreen and I try to wear a hat.

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May 11, 20100 found this helpful

Aloe Vera will soothe a sunburn, but it won't protect your skin from the sun. You must use a sunscreen to block the sun's rays to forego a tan.

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May 15, 20100 found this helpful

I use a 30spf sunscreen by Banana Boat. Not in the least greasy. No fragrance that I can detect, of course, I can't smell stuff worth a darn, but it says fragrance free. They have also 50spf. Apply at least a shot glass amount all over, not just your face. Put it on your neck and chest area and hands and arms. Your hands will look better after a while. Re-apply after two hours. Replace once a year, so write on the tube with a permanent marker when you bought it! You can also date any lotion or cream or makeup. Fresh is more effective. Cheers!

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May 20, 20100 found this helpful

The Neutrogena Dry-Feel sunscreen is great. I have oily skin and it doesn't make me too greasy.

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