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Old Mar 13th 2008, 5:47 pm
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Default Skin protection in Spain

Being from a Country that really doesn't get too much sun, not hot sun anyway, this is something I have been thinking about.
What do you do to protect yourself from the hot sun in the way of creams etc.? Going on holiday for a week or 2 and slapping on the factors I suppose might be different from actually living there!
I am fair skinned and hubby is a baldy 7 year old tans but I want to make sure we are all properly protected as we are after a more outdoor life!

Do those of you already living there use the all-day lotion in the morning before you go out? Is there a particular product or brand that is good?
I know it seems quite trivial, but I am particularly concerned about my youthful good looks with premature ageing and all that
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Old Mar 13th 2008, 5:53 pm
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Originally Posted by HereKittyKitty View Post
Being from a Country that really doesn't get too much sun, not hot sun anyway, this is something I have been thinking about.
What do you do to protect yourself from the hot sun in the way of creams etc.? Going on holiday for a week or 2 and slapping on the factors I suppose might be different from actually living there!
I am fair skinned and hubby is a baldy 7 year old tans but I want to make sure we are all properly protected as we are after a more outdoor life!

Do those of you already living there use the all-day lotion in the morning before you go out? Is there a particular product or brand that is good?
I know it seems quite trivial, but I am particularly concerned about my youthful good looks with premature ageing and all that
The only time I used it I got burnt.
Now I just try to be sensible and get accustomed to it slowly and only work in it in the mornings.
Stay out of the early afternoon sun.
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Old Mar 13th 2008, 6:13 pm
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Default Re: Skin protection in Spain

Originally Posted by HereKittyKitty View Post
Being from a Country that really doesn't get too much sun, not hot sun anyway, this is something I have been thinking about.
What do you do to protect yourself from the hot sun in the way of creams etc.? Going on holiday for a week or 2 and slapping on the factors I suppose might be different from actually living there!
I am fair skinned and hubby is a baldy 7 year old tans but I want to make sure we are all properly protected as we are after a more outdoor life!

Do those of you already living there use the all-day lotion in the morning before you go out? Is there a particular product or brand that is good?
I know it seems quite trivial, but I am particularly concerned about my youthful good looks with premature ageing and all that
Hi!
I use a facial moisturiser with an SPF of 15 daily. Haven´t burnt once and I´m incredibly fair skinned and always outdoors! In the really hot months I do put sunblock on my arms and legs too though, you just get used to it as part of your routine in the morning! I´ll PM you the brand of moisturiser I use.
My one tip is buy it in bulk if you go to visit the UK. I think cosmetics and the like are really expensive here in comparison and often the supermarkets in the UK put things on special offer. I have bought this particular moisturiser in El Corte Inglés in Madrid but it cost me €15 compared to 5-6 pounds. El Corte Inglés is the only place I´ve found it yet but I live in a totally Spanish region.
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Default Re: Skin protection in Spain

Originally Posted by HereKittyKitty View Post
Being from a Country that really doesn't get too much sun, not hot sun anyway, this is something I have been thinking about.
What do you do to protect yourself from the hot sun in the way of creams etc.? Going on holiday for a week or 2 and slapping on the factors I suppose might be different from actually living there!
I am fair skinned and hubby is a baldy 7 year old tans but I want to make sure we are all properly protected as we are after a more outdoor life!

Do those of you already living there use the all-day lotion in the morning before you go out? Is there a particular product or brand that is good?
I know it seems quite trivial, but I am particularly concerned about my youthful good looks with premature ageing and all that
I burn very easily, and use a high protection cream when sat in the sun, BUT, we only sit out in the morning and later in the evening, we, and I suspect most people who live here, stay out of the sun from about mid day till 4 pm, which is the reason for Siesta time here.
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Originally Posted by HereKittyKitty View Post
Being from a Country that really doesn't get too much sun, not hot sun anyway, this is something I have been thinking about.
What do you do to protect yourself from the hot sun in the way of creams etc.? Going on holiday for a week or 2 and slapping on the factors I suppose might be different from actually living there!
I am fair skinned and hubby is a baldy 7 year old tans but I want to make sure we are all properly protected as we are after a more outdoor life!

Do those of you already living there use the all-day lotion in the morning before you go out? Is there a particular product or brand that is good?
I know it seems quite trivial, but I am particularly concerned about my youthful good looks with premature ageing and all that
I was recommended P20 - you apply it once in the morning and thats its, its water resistant and have used it on my 12 year old since he was a baby and never had a problem with him getting burnt - so gets the thumbs up from me

I think you can only get it at duty free as Ive never been able to find it in the shops either here or UK so I just get people to bring it over for me - if I remember its about 20 quid a bottle but like i say its only applied once a day

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just seen on their website its available in Superdrug, Asda, Sainsbury's, Waitrose, John Lewis, Lloydspharmacy, Savers, Matalan, T J Hughes, Home Bargains as well as duty free
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Hi thanks for your replies
Spain I was wondering about the P20 stuff...I have noticed Costco are selling it here at the moment, which brings me to another question...is there a Costco in Alicante region? Brilliant place!

Find it hard to get my head around the siesta thingy! Just can't imagine sleeping in the afternoon!
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Sleeping in the afternoon is much better than sleeping at night in the summer. Oh and for skin protection I wear chain mail and a full suit of armour, you can't beat it
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Sleeping in the afternoon is much better than sleeping at night in the summer. Oh and for skin protection I wear chain mail and a full suit of armour, you can't beat it
Sunbathing at night is the thing. Dont have to worry about cream then. Swimming at night is definately good though, usually go for a dip around 12.30 - 1 am
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Hi thanks for your replies
Spain I was wondering about the P20 stuff...I have noticed Costco are selling it here at the moment, which brings me to another question...is there a Costco in Alicante region? Brilliant place!

Find it hard to get my head around the siesta thingy! Just can't imagine sleeping in the afternoon!
dont know of a Costco over here no but there is a Makro

It does take some getting used to, shops closing for siesta and on Sundays but you do in time - not sure about sleeping in the afternoon, think its only those retired folk that can do that
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Do, do, do get a Factor 50 for your face and, if possible, wear a hat (especially bald men). Just walking around in the summer sun at most times of the day can put your skin at risk.

I've lived in hot countries on and off for the last 40 years and now, after three of four removals of facial skin cancer, I always put my Factor 50 on. One by Galénic, to be found in most pharmacies, is a 40 ml tube for 14€. Good stuff. Dermatologist said to put it on during winter sun also.
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Do, do, do get a Factor 50 for your face and, if possible, wear a hat (especially bald men). Just walking around in the summer sun at most times of the day can put your skin at risk.

I've lived in hot countries on and off for the last 40 years and now, after three of four removals of facial skin cancer, I always put my Factor 50 on. One by Galénic, to be found in most pharmacies, is a 40 ml tube for 14€. Good stuff. Dermatologist said to put it on during winter sun also.
Have you got pale skin or lots of freckles, or have you just been unlucky?
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No, not fair-skinned nor unlucky, just failed to take proper precautions earlier in life in the Far East and Middle East and the damage was done then apparently.

For those who tan easily, like me, we can think we don't need protection. I know the factor 50 is for fair and delicate skins, but I'm not taking any chances now.
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No, not fair-skinned nor unlucky, just failed to take proper precautions earlier in life in the Far East and Middle East and the damage was done then apparently.

For those who tan easily, like me, we can think we don't need protection. I know the factor 50 is for fair and delicate skins, but I'm not taking any chances now.
You are quite right to take precautions now. Skin cancer seems to be on the rise, it is mentioned often now as we approach Summer in the UK even.
Thanks for that tip
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No, not fair-skinned nor unlucky, just failed to take proper precautions earlier in life in the Far East and Middle East and the damage was done then apparently.

For those who tan easily, like me, we can think we don't need protection. I know the factor 50 is for fair and delicate skins, but I'm not taking any chances now.
I agree 100 per cent. I know all skin tones are at risk, but I was under the impression that dark skinned people could "get away" with it as I dont imagine the indigenous populations suffering from high rates of skin cancer or using skin protection. Or is that just because they dont have northern european sunbathing habits?

I btw use factor 50 as I dont want to acquire too many wrinkles and I too did a lot of bronzing in my twenties.
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