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Sun Protection and Outdoor life

Forums Cutaneous Melanoma Community Sun Protection and Outdoor life

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    Lucygoose
    Participant

      Hi

      I’ve lead an active outdoor life up until now, and am looking for ways to continue that as much as possible.  I’m looking at daily and active sunscreen, UPF clothing and hat practices I can adopt (e.g. water activities before 10AM or after 3:30 PM).  

      Only I can turn a cancer diagnosis into a shopping activity   🙂

      i couldn’t find recommendations for protection on this site   Am I missing it?

      i found this on skin cancer.org

      https://www.skincancer.org/products

      You can select sunscreen or clothing etc and look for recommendations   Does the group think this is a good resource? 

      Do you have recommendations for clothing that’s breathable?  Their suggestions?

       

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        Lucygoose
        Participant

          Whoops! This is Lucy.  I must have it anonymous post by accident.  I can’t type on my iPAD.  

          Linny
          Participant

            Hi Lucy,

            I hate typing in iPads too and try to avoid it whenever possible. LOL

            Coolibar has really nice clothing and swimwear. They also sell fitness attire, which should be more breathable than their swimwear. The nurse I work with at Johns Hopkins turned me on to Coolibar.

            Lands End has nice UPF 50 swimwear. The UPF 50 swim shirts are called rash guards on their web site. They also sell swim shorts and skirted capris that are UPF 50.

            Most of the UPF 50 swim tops do not have built in bras. You need to go to either Walmart or Kohls and get yourself a quick dry sports bra to wear underneath.

            I've bought swimwear and clothing from both Coolibar and Lands End and have been happy with my purchases. Quality-wise Coolibar has a bit of an edge over Lands End but both are fine.

            UV Skinz has some nice outfits but I've never bought anything from them so I can't speak for their quality. 

            Hats are something I don't like to buy on line because I want to see how they look on me before I make my purchase. Golf shops are good places to shop for sun hats. And if the women's hats don't appeal to you, don't be shy about checking out the men's hats. Golf shops will also have UPF clothing.

            As far as swim hats go, I go as cheap as possible for that and just make sure my face, neck and ears have adequate sunscreen on them. My goal for that is to keep the top of my scalp from burning when I'm in the water and even a baseball cap will suffice for that.

             

            Edwin
            Participant

              For bicycling I like the Solumbra cycle shirt.  www.sunprecautions.com

              Richard_K
              Participant

                Hi, I use a wide brim visor for cycling. It looks a little goofy, but does a good job.

                https://www.summithut.com/cycling-classic-brim-1.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIwbGWqf2Z4QIVzFcNCh05GAFpEAQYAyABEgLYi_D_BwE

                 

                  Linny
                  Participant

                    Coolibar's are expensive, yes. But they have some really good sales. Never heard of Sunsoaked — will have to check them out. 🙂

                    Linny
                    Participant

                      I checked out the Sunsoaked web site and they were VERY expensive! Nice swim attire, though. 

                    Jamie1960
                    Participant

                      I've tried plenty of different hats, and don't wear most of them because they blow off in the wind. A company called "Shelta" makes a great boonie-style hat which is absolutely windproof and well-suited to time on the water.

                      Best of luck !

                      Danielle T
                      Participant
                        All of these suggestions are great. The only thing I’d add is I start my day with sun screen – as soon as I’m out of my morning shower. I feel it helps vs waiting once you are already outside.
                        I also try to seek shade as much as possible but try not to feel guilty if I am in the sun doing an activity I love.
                        this is definitely personal preference, but if being pale in the summer causes you discomfort you could try a self tanning lotion or spray.
                        My biggest melanoma problem area is my back so I try to always wear a sun shirt. I like both Coolio and Lands end.
                        Rocco
                        Participant
                          All great suggestions noted and I’ve used Coolibar and others mentioned.  Many more brands, style choices and price points than there were in years past.  You may want to check out Columbia, Eddie Bauer, Duluth Trading, LL Bean as they all make UPF 50 /sun-safe shirts (button up/collared) along with T-shirts.  Columbia – esp their outlet stores and/or online sites – offer great sales.   If I’m going to be outside for a while I also put on a pair of light-weight (not hot to wear as they are ultra thin) Columbia brand UPF/sun safe fingerless gloves.  I used these trekking around Disney in the Florida sun.   I have a wide-brimmed Tilley (brand) hat that I wear – gives shade over back of neck.  Happy shopping!
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