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I need to do a much better job of using a high (50) SPF sunblock, that also minimizes eye burning sensation due to sweat. I'd appreciate your recommendations.

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I haven't found one that solves the eye problem.  What I did do that helped was to start wearing a rag top with a sweat band.  I also really like the Neutrogenna Ultimate Sport Sunscreen -- it is killer, and does a reasonable job of providing protection even though I sweat a lot over my 5+ hour rides.

 

Mike


Edited by habacomike - 5/12/10 at 1:36pm
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I just wear a cycling cap under my helmet and thus don't sunscreen above the eyes.  One application of 30SPF or better on the lower face, ears, neck, arms and legs does me fine for an all day ride.

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I've found Neutrogena Ultra Sheer to work well in terms of keeping the block out of your eyes (and I sweat a lot, so it's a common issue for me).  Their Sport and Sensitive Skin formulas also work well, though the Ultra Sheer seems to be the best stuff going.  Another good option is Dermatone, and the house-brand clones of Neutrogena Ultra Sheer are also quite good.  I tend to only go as high as SPF 45, as anything higher tends to be really thick, blocking pores and causing me to overheat in the humid summer weather here in the Mid-Atlantic.  I'll reapply every 2-3 hours as needed (I carry a small tube with me during the day).

 

I also wear a Halo headband to channel the sweat away to the sides of my head, which helps as well.

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I've found Neutrogena Ultra Sheer to work well in terms of keeping the block out of your eyes (and I sweat a lot, so it's a common issue for me).  Their Sport and Sensitive Skin formulas also work well, though the Ultra Sheer seems to be the best stuff going.  Another good option is Dermatone, and the house-brand clones of Neutrogena Ultra Sheer are also quite good.  I tend to only go as high as SPF 45, as anything higher tends to be really thick, blocking pores and causing me to overheat in the humid summer weather here in the Mid-Atlantic.  I'll reapply every 2-3 hours as needed (I carry a small tube with me during the day).

 

 

 

I also wear a Halo headband to channel the sweat away to the sides of my head, which helps as well.


Thanks.

I picked up a 3 oz tube of Ultra Sheer today. Looks like a good fit for what I'm looking for. Just a quick follow up on the Halo. There website states "one size fits most" and I use XL helmets and stuff, wear size is 7&5/8. I've been told in more than one way that I have a big head, but, do you think there one size would work for larger sizes?

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Just a quick follow up on the Halo. There website states "one size fits most" and I use XL helmets and stuff, wear size is 7&5/8. I've been told in more than one way that I have a big head, but, do you think there one size would work for larger sizes?


The closed-band models are fairly stretchy, though I tend to wear size M helmets from Giro and Bell.  If you need the extra length, go with the model that ties around your head, as it has a lot more wiggle room.

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Sounds like the ultra sheer may also be good stuff.  I've had good luck with suncreen meant for water sports -- heavy water technologies suncreen is my favorite, if you give 20 minutes to dry it does not get in your eyes at all even in surf, and stays active a fairly long time, tpp.

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Another vote for the Neutrogena Ultra-Sheer in SPF 55 or SPF 70.  I use both for biking and skiing.  They are less oily than many of the other water-proof sun screens.  Costco has a good deal on the SPF 70.

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I found the following on the WebMD site. I'm a Consumers website subscriber, but, this info is their health section and that is not included in the basic web fee.

 

Just for what it's worth to those who believe in CR. No personal experience.

 

"In its July issue, Consumer Reports rated five popular SPF 45+ and five SPF 30 to 45 sunscreens.

According to Consumer Reports, some of the top performers were Walgreen’s Continuous Spray Sport SPF 50, Coppertone Water Babies SPF 50, Aveeno’s Continuous Spray SPF 45, and Bull Frog’s Marathon Mist Continuous Spray SPF 36."

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I need to do a much better job of using a high (50) SPF sunblock, that also minimizes eye burning sensation due to sweat. I'd appreciate your recommendations.


In my experience I feel there is no need for sunscreen above my eyes due to the helmet covering my forehead and the visor shading my eyes. So my solution is to not use sunblock above my eyes,
 

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