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  • #16
    Wear a hat, supplement D3 and zinc, eat some carrots..
    Good long sleeves also work, buy some thin fabric clothes, I just love them. Give you all the protection you need without feeling 'heavy'.

    I don't know the sun in FL, I do know the sun in Israel and it can get pretty hot here.

    Honestly, I dislike rubbing myself with chemicals.
    Everything is bad for something - How do you feel today?

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    • #17
      Check out Powder Me SPF by jane iredale.

      "Powder-Me SPF can be used on the body, face and scalp for a UVB/UVA SPF 30 protection. It contains titanium dioxide and a natural clay dried in the sun and is completely free of contaminants and atmospheric pollutants."


      I've used it. It works.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Gilleh View Post
        Wear a hat, supplement D3 and zinc, eat some carrots..
        Good long sleeves also work, buy some thin fabric clothes, I just love them. Give you all the protection you need without feeling 'heavy'.

        I don't know the sun in FL, I do know the sun in Israel and it can get pretty hot here.

        Honestly, I dislike rubbing myself with chemicals.
        Ah, carrots, had forgotten about them. Have been eating them deep fried recently as chips - I bought 12lb (5KG) of beef suet recently. Sliced four ways down the middle and they are almost like potatoes. Maybe the carrots is a factor in tanning so easily now.

        I never was that keen on sunscreen, but now I am beginning to suspect that rubbing anything on your skin is a bit like eating it. I notice tallow disappears from my hands when I've been cooking.

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        • #19
          Badger water-resistant works very well for me. You probably used the white tube Badger, which I made the mistake of getting one time. I burned so bad on Half Dome in Yosemite. Badger in the purple tube works well.

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          • #20
            We make our own using zinc oxide and then making a basic lotion. You can also just add it to your favorite natural lotion.

            But, yes, you have to put it on your body often -- every 2 hrs. We go sunscreen-free before 10 am and after 3, but do sun screen every 1.5 hours (sooner if we get wet or sweaty) between 10 and 3. So, first application around 9:45, last application around 2-2:30.

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            • #21
              Interesting stuff. I had briefly read about this a few months back too so I tried a little experiment on myself today. I went out in the sun, sitting around etc with no sun screen. It was for a little over 3hrs. I didn't burn. I can't say this would have happened last yr when I was eating SAD and had consumed much lower Vit D. I've been primal for 4 months now and during that time have consumed 4000 IU of vit D per day (before that I consumed 2000IU for a little over a yr). I'm excited to see if this works through out the summer. I'm so not interested in slather myself with these chemicals and would opted to cover up and stay in the shade if need be.

              I should also point out, I never burned as a child back in the 80s. I do not remember my mom ever putting sunscreen on me. I do however remember in highschool slathering sun oil on myself...lol. Nice, eh?
              Last edited by labmonkey; 06-03-2012, 05:07 PM.

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              • #22
                I was going to experiment with a bit of gentle tanning this weekend, as it's a bank holiday.

                So of course mother nature decides the rain must bucket down!! Oh well! *pops a vit D supplement*
                Start weight: 238 lbs (March 2012)
                Current weight: 205 lbs (July 2012)
                Loss so far: 33 lbs!!!
                WOE: Primal + IF
                Movements: Hiking, sprinting.
                Goal: to see my abs some time in 2013!

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                • #23
                  Is sunscreen necessary to use if I don't burn for the time period I stay outside (maybe 2-3 hours)? I've never burned much, but started using sunscreen on my face in my 20s because I thought too much sun accelerated aging and wrinkles. I've stopped using sunscreen now because of the chemicals, but still wonder about the aging issue.

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                  • #24
                    Once I got my vitamin D3 levels up, that problem greatly lessened. I can now use a natural sunscreen on my face and neck without burning.

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                    • #25
                      I've gone sunscreen-free since spring 2011 (one year before discovering MDA and becoming primal).

                      There is no secret, just tan progressively and avoid early sunbursts, after 2 weeks I reach the point where I can tolerate 8 hours of sun exposure per day without any issue. I am dark-blonde with green eyes, other people may take less or more, this is highly subjective.

                      In addition to this, I agree that the primal diet helps alot. While last years I was in the range of dark-caramel, now I look more brown. And the tanning season has just begun!

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