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Old 08-01-2007, 02:16 PM
 
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I'm extremely pale.

In the past when I have gone to the beach I've been deveasted by horrible sub burns.

Trying to avoid a sunburn, yet I still want to be able to be out on the beach and in the water for long periods.

Is there any advice on how I can balance a OBX sunburn free but long time on the beach vacation?

Thanks.
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Old 08-01-2007, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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Use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or more that blocks both UVB and UBA radiation.

Wear protective clothing: long sleeves, pants, and wide-brimmed hats.

Limit your hours in the sun, especially during peak sunlight hours (between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.) and during the summer, when the sun is stronger.

Take advantage of "structured shade": trees, pavilions, and other outdoor structures that afford protection from the sun's rays.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
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Old 08-02-2007, 07:09 AM
 
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I'm extremely pale.

In the past when I have gone to the beach I've been deveasted by horrible sub burns.

Trying to avoid a sunburn, yet I still want to be able to be out on the beach and in the water for long periods.

Is there any advice on how I can balance a OBX sunburn free but long time on the beach vacation?

Thanks.
I'm fair skinned myself (irish, freckled skin to be exact). My suggestion lots and lots and lots of sunscreen. spf30 or higher and reapply often and make sure it's waterproof. unfortunately for us fair skinned people it's the only way to enjoy being outdoors without turning into a lobster. alos wear a hat to protect your head/hairline and ears. If you're like me you burn there too. Oh and don't forget sunscreen on your feet! sigh! the life of a fair skinned person.
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Old 08-02-2007, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Craven County, NC
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Definitly use a lot of sunscreen. I burn easily (i'm irish, too).
Also, I invested in a cheap canopy that my husband and i set up sometimes when we know we'll be there all day. That way you can help limit the amount of sun you get.
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Old 08-02-2007, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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You can get spf45 or even higher I think.
No reason to get burned these days. You are aware of the potential and are planning for it. That's half the battle.
BTW-I don't think an NC burn is worse than any other.
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