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Old 12-05-2012, 02:28 PM
 
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Wife and I moved here from generally cloudy Vermont about a year ago last month. We're both fairly fair skin so we were careful to wear sunscreen last spring/summer and into fall (SPF 50). Some days of course you forget and even working outside I tanned a little but never burned (and I have a shaved head as well).

we went to Monterey, CA this past summer and even though it's cloudy in the AM and we were under cover for much of the day I got a pretty bad sun burn for the first time in years.

This leads me to the question - how bad, really, is the sun/UV here in Vegas? It sounds like a silly question as it's sunny almost all the time but I wonder why I don't tend to burn where I did in Vermont and Monterey? My thinking is that perhaps when there is moisture and/or humidity present in the air it amplifys the sun's harmful rays?
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Old 12-05-2012, 02:45 PM
 
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Did you wear sunscreen in Monterey? You can still burn on a cloudy day. Also if you were near water you are more likely to burn (any reflective surface)
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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I work in the sun all day and you have to wear sunscreen anywhere you are exposed to the sun. I wear protective eye wear, good hat with neck protector and long sleeve shirt if possible. Its just preventive maintenance for your skin.
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:32 PM
 
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yes... the suns rays here at over 2000' is much more intense than it is in Monterrey. I moved here from central cl also, and there is no comparison. The heat in vegas is very tolerable, but standing in the direct sunlight most of the year is not.
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Kingman AZ
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there is sun

Sun Burns

ergo.....SUNBURN
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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Now that you mention it, I've thought about that too. But being away from the east coast for so long I thought maybe I imagined it. It could be true. Could it maybe have something to do with sweat? Back east, especially along the coast from SC to FL, I sweated up a storm. Even in the hills of WV, especially in summer, I'd wake up soaked. Here I've never perspired nearly as much; so little I think I'm not doing it all sometimes. I guess we do, but it dries faster in the desert. As far as sunburns, I can't remember ever having a burn here like the ones I sometimes got back east. Could be in this hot sun we're just more careful.

Another thing I've noticed over the years is how wrinkled some people get as they age. I see this in both sexes, but mostly in older women who have spent their lives here; and mostly those who were in the sun a lot, and/or lived at high elevations, such as in Albuquerque. You tend to dehydrate more at high elevations; which BTW, can cause altitude sickness; which is why you should drink more water in the mountains.

I read once that if you lived your entire life indoors away from the sun you would never have any wrinkles.

Let's apply for a grant to study the sun burn phenomenon.
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:14 PM
 
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This map is the opposite of what you might expect.

CDC - Skin Cancer Rates by State
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:37 PM
 
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The Admiral and I ignore the issue unless we go to Mexico in the winter.

We get lightly tanned as the sun climbs and maybe a little dark toward September.

We also go twice a year to our dermatologist who has a canister of nitrogen in each of his holsters and blasts away at each of us for 5 or 10 minutes. We then shed for two weeks.

It does not appear to be a big problem here.
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Old 12-05-2012, 11:42 PM
 
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According to the doctors I've spoken with, it's just a good idea to include a sunscreen in your daily grooming, year round, just as you'd use a moisturizer.
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:44 AM
 
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According to the doctors I've spoken with, it's just a good idea to include a sunscreen in your daily grooming, year round, just as you'd use a moisturizer.
I agree. My dermatologists always recommend using a sunscreen. That reminds me. Can anyone recommend a good dermatologist in the North Las Vegas area?
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