I was just thinking that I would love to get at least a decent tan while we are on vacation. However, I don't want to burn to a crisp either (especially the kids). So I was wanting to throw around a question regarding what everyone uses for sunblock - especially us pale folks.
I have heard that anything over 30 SPF is essentially the same anyway.
Like I say, I want us to get a decent tan but worry about the pain and potential dangers of burning.
As you can tell, I haven't been away for a while - Don't get out much. LOL
hmmm interesting question. I'm not sure there is a pat answer though as this really can be different for everyone. But I can offer this- We moved from Chicago to Florida (no longer live in Florida) and noticed that everyone that came to visit would insist that would not burn despite our warnings on using lotion. Most everyone would be lobster red the next day. So, based on our experience, anyone that goes from a winter climate to a tropical one, needs to use at least an spf 8 and then only stay out in the sun no more than a couple of hours. This will start a based tan and than you can drop the spf down the next tanning session. If you are going on an excursion where you are going to be on the beach or in the sun most of the time.. then beef it up to a 30 (I agree, anything higher than 30 is a waste) Make sure that you cover your face and ears if you are not going to be taking clothes off. (Say going to the Mayan ruins) Many people think that since they are not going to be sunbathing or beaching it, they don't need it.. only to have the redest nose and ears on the ship the next day)
I have had good luck going without anything and doing a quick 15 mins on each side tan session and then going inside, letting the skin react (about an hour or two) and then doing a longer session with the 4 or 8...
But, like I said it really varies person to person.. If you burn easily, I would trust anything less the a 15. I have seen people get a burn through 15. The tropical sun can be brutal.
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Hi Lexy,you are right about the Sun Protection Factor 30. Anything over 30 is a marketing tool to sale what people will think is better. I own tanning salons and can tell you that SPF 30 applied every hr or so will be fine. You will need to limit your exsposure time and reapply if you sweat or get wet. I always reccomend that you do indoor tanning for 4 weeks leading up to your trip as a safeguard against sunburn. The reason you see so many burned on cruises is the cool caribbean salt/wind factor, it doesnt let you feel the burn to its to late.