No matter which brand you choose (I prefer Vaseline, but it's hard to find) is
to apply a liberal dosage when you first get up. Spread it all over your
body, before you even put on a swimsuit to make sure you don't miss anyplace.
Then hang out *** for a few minutes to give the sunblock time to soak in.
If it you immediately get dressed, get wet, or are sweating too much, the
sunblock will rub right off. Then you face having a sun protected wetsuit
rather than your skin! Also, make sure the sunblock goes on before applying
any other skin creams, makeup, moisturizers, etc to give it the best shot of
soaking into your skin.
Look for the word "waterproof". The FDA or FTC or whatever Federal agency that
enforces labelling accuracy for sunblocks has a standard test that any block
wanting to use the term waterproof must pass. Same deal with SPF numbers. Go
for a high SPF number, although once you get past 30 or so, the stuff is
generally chalky and doesn't spread around too good.
Before the race, I would re-apply just on general principles:
- you might hit a place you missedthe first time around
- extra protection (2 doses of 15SPF does not give 30SPF protection however)
- it can't hurt
I have very fair skin and have used this theory for years to protect myself on
everything from SCUBA expeditions in mid-winter (starting with lilly white
skin, then spending 2 weeks on a boat) to 7 years of shooting IMH for NBC.
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