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cindyo
03-09-2008, 04:50 PM
Bring lots of sunscreen with you. The price of it goes up dramatically in aruba.
Some to the tune of $5-7.oo per bottle. Don't forget the aloe, chapstick, and #'s 15-45 for a good asst. of sunscreen. One year on our flight home a newly married young couple was stretched out in 3 seats, reason....got so sun-burnt he needed the room and couldn't sit cramped in one seat....beware.....

donsullivan
03-09-2008, 04:59 PM
SPF 30 or higher is a must for me. We have been fortunate to never suffer from sunburn while enjoying our time in Aruba.

jep
03-11-2008, 04:44 PM
for our family of 4, we used about one bottle of sunscreen a day.

phillyboater
03-11-2008, 09:03 PM
Aruba Aloe sunscreen and after sun are expensive, but great stuff. Especially the after sun skin repair.

cindyo
03-12-2008, 06:28 AM
Check out the prices at ling and son...cheaper there..

Kim L
03-12-2008, 08:30 AM
Remember to apply your sunscreen at least 1/2 hour before going out. You need to give it time to absorb. It's also best to apply sunscreen to clean skin. It does not work as effective if applied over lotion, aloe gel, etc. Also, reapply frequently when you are out.

Arubalisa
03-12-2008, 08:47 AM
http://www.coppertone.com/detail_of_30lotion.aspx (http://www.coppertone.com/detail_of_30lotion.aspx)
CoppertoneĀ® Oil Free Lotion SPF30

Won't clog pores or cause breakouts
Vanishes quickly without a greasy residue
Fragrance-free
Hypoallergenic and non-irritating
Helps prevent premature skin aging from the sun
Waterproof
Broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection, with Avobenzone
Available in 8 oz. size Coppertone Oil Free has been a lifesaver for me. I used to get heat rashes and sun poisoning from other lotions and this has finally been a lotion from which I have had no reactions. I love Aruba Aloe products and do use them at home, unfortunately had a bad reaction from their sunscreen as well. :(

Dd was using this Coppertone Oil Free SPF 48 and began suffering red rashes. After a little research I discovered that this is sometimes caused by too high of an SPF. Switched her down to SPF 30 and this past trip she was fine. Now the biggest challenge, getting her to reapply frequently. For the 3 of us I usually plan on 1 bottle for every 2 days.

Eagle Beach Boy
03-12-2008, 06:07 PM
Remember to apply your sunscreen at least 1/2 hour before going out. You need to give it time to absorb. It's also best to apply sunscreen to clean skin. It does not work as effective if applied over lotion, aloe gel, etc. Also, reapply frequently when you are out.

We laugh when we see people hit the beach and lather up. THEN go for a swim right away. :confused:

tds-ken
03-13-2008, 09:29 AM
I think everyone should lather up and then run naked all over! Just kidding! Too old!!

elisabeth_nj
03-13-2008, 09:52 AM
I remember on our 2nd trip to Aruba my 100% Italian husband wouldn't listen to me about the suntan lotion! I kept applying applying and applying and had a beautiful tan...him well he got burnt and we had to eat room service that night cause he had the chills and couldn't even get dressed. We were staying at the Rad and I took a pictue of him lying on the bed with one of their stark white robes on...Its quite funny, everyone who sees the picture swears its not him. HE IS BLACK in the picture! His sunburns never are actually red for some reason. And all you see is the pink bottoms of his feet and his white teeth! I have the pictures on our frig. at home.

Kids get really mad at me for being a pest about lotion while in Aruba, my fav. saying is "Hey we're only 400 miles from the Equator" (don't know if that's accurate but it works).

cindyo
03-13-2008, 12:22 PM
too funny. ...I tell my kids they are sitting on the equator, so lather up girls...

jackson
09-25-2008, 08:35 AM
Do any of you go to the tanning salon to establish a base tan before you go? I'm from New England & usually travel Feb/Mar. I've had a lot of success with "pre-tanning" and using SPF 8 lotions.

arubamark
09-25-2008, 10:49 AM
Do any of you go to the tanning salon to establish a base tan before you go? I'm from New England & usually travel Feb/Mar. I've had a lot of success with "pre-tanning" and using SPF 8 lotions.

Absolutely! My wife and myself will go tanning a few times before we go to establish a nice base tan. When we are there we use a 30, it works out perfectly. The tan lasts for a while when we get back.

AhhAruba
02-13-2011, 09:36 AM
Last year I took several cans of aerosol sunscreen in an SPF higher than I would normally wear. I thought I was pretty liberal with it and found I got burned worse than normal. I wondered if it was the wind blowing the spray and not getting enough applied or if it is really not very good for sunscreen.

What kind of sunscreen works best for you in Aruba?

Andrea J.
02-13-2011, 09:42 AM
the wind could have been a factor and not enough got applied.

start out the day by spraying yourself before you put on your bathingsuit.

if you look at the first ingredient of the spray aerosols it is ALCOHOL, which is very drying and really not good for your skin.

the lotions or creams do provide good coverage.

we start out by a spray down and then adding an spf lotion during the day.


Last year I took several cans of aerosol sunscreen in an SPF higher than I would normally wear. I thought I was pretty liberal with it and found I got burned worse than normal. I wondered if it was the wind blowing the spray and not getting enough applied or if it is really not very good for sunscreen.

What kind of sunscreen works best for you in Aruba?

qlaval
02-13-2011, 10:05 AM
Applying Sunscreen Properly
Most people use sunscreen improperly by not applying enough. They apply only 25% to 50% of the recommended amount. Sunscreen should be applied liberally enough to all sun-exposed areas that it forms a film when initially applied. It takes 20-30 minutes for sunscreen to be absorbed by the skin, so it should be applied at least a half an hour before going out in the sun. Sunscreen should also be the last product applied especially on the face since some sunscreens can break down in the presence of water contained in water-based foundations and moisturizers.

Reapplying Sunscreen
Most instructions on sunscreen labels recommend reapplying sunscreen "frequently", but the definition of "frequently" is vague. A common instruction is to reapply sunscreen after 2-4 hours in the sun. However, one study has shown that reapplying sunscreen 20 to 30 minutes after being in the sun is more effective than waiting 2 hours. It is possible that this time period is more effective because most people do not apply enough sunscreen initially, and this second application approximates the actual amount needed. Sunscreen should also be reapplied after swimming, excessive sweating, or toweling.

Sunscreen and Insect Repellents
Insect repellents reduce the sunscreen's SPF by up to one-third. When using sunscreen and insect repellent together, a higher SPF should be used and reapplied more often.

AhhAruba
02-13-2011, 10:19 AM
Thanks for the tips. I must admit I am usually in a hurry to get to the beach and don't apply sunscreen until I get there. I will try applying after my morning shower so it has time to take affect first.

Arubalisa
02-13-2011, 10:57 AM
Stupid question...apply spray on sunscreen, presumably indoors, an hour before going into the sun? Wouldn't it get all over everything? :confused:

Logic tells me spraying the stuff outside in Aruba, the spray is going to be "gone with the wind". :confused:

Andrea J.
02-13-2011, 11:01 AM
i spray myself everyday that i plan to be outdoors in the sun.
paul and i are heading to the pool in ah hour and i just sprayed myself.

i spray myself in the bathrooms and never seem to notice any mess.

it get on ME, nothing else.:thumb:


Stupid question...apply spray on sunscreen, presumably indoors, an hour before going into the sun? Wouldn't it get all over everything? :confused:

Logic tells me spraying the stuff outside in Aruba, the spray is going to be "gone with the wind". :confused:

arubaro
02-13-2011, 09:40 PM
I don't notice a mess with the spray either. I alternate between the spray and a lotion. But the best advice is to apply at least 1/2 hour ahead of time and keep up with it. Sometimes even earlier than 1/2 hour.

About 10 years ago, I started getting these red itchy bumps after being in the sun for a while. If I scratched them, they got worse. I tried everything under the sun (haha) and learned to be very careful. I'm not a fair person, I'm Italian and have darker skin than many. This only happened in Aruba - I'm not sure why. A few years ago, Eucerin came out with an ad that said, "if you were meant to have bumps when you're in the sun, God would have made you a raspberry", lol. It was like they were talking to ME. They said to start using the stuff 2-3 DAYS before you started sitting in the sun to build up the SPF on your skin. So everyday after my shower, I'd apply a light amount especially on my "bump-prone" areas. And it worked like a charm. I was bumpless the entire 3 weeks in Aruba. It was the best stuff ever, Eucerin Daily Defense, SPF 30. Of course, after that year I couldn't find it anymore, anywhere. But I use the same principle of starting to apply it days before our trip, and it seems to work with any sunscreen. Just thought I'd share.

Arubalisa
02-13-2011, 11:20 PM
I had the same red bumps even in Florida. I tried everything eventually going without any lotion. No matter what lotion I used it made my skin itchy. I finally found Coppertone Oil Free Sunscreen Lotion. Problem solved.

CK1
02-15-2011, 01:48 AM
I don't notice a mess with the spray either. I alternate between the spray and a lotion. But the best advice is to apply at least 1/2 hour ahead of time and keep up with it. Sometimes even earlier than 1/2 hour.

About 10 years ago, I started getting these red itchy bumps after being in the sun for a while. If I scratched them, they got worse. I tried everything under the sun (haha) and learned to be very careful. I'm not a fair person, I'm Italian and have darker skin than many. This only happened in Aruba - I'm not sure why. A few years ago, Eucerin came out with an ad that said, "if you were meant to have bumps when you're in the sun, God would have made you a raspberry", lol. It was like they were talking to ME. They said to start using the stuff 2-3 DAYS before you started sitting in the sun to build up the SPF on your skin. So everyday after my shower, I'd apply a light amount especially on my "bump-prone" areas. And it worked like a charm. I was bumpless the entire 3 weeks in Aruba. It was the best stuff ever, Eucerin Daily Defense, SPF 30. Of course, after that year I couldn't find it anymore, anywhere. But I use the same principle of starting to apply it days before our trip, and it seems to work with any sunscreen. Just thought I'd share.

Ro, I have been using Eucerin face cream for years as I have sensitive skin as well.

I didn't know that Eucerin made sun protection cream as well. So, I checked it out. Eucerin has actually their own website, showing the products they sell in the USA, however, they do not sell directly but give links to drugstores who sell their products:

http://www.eucerinus.com/faqs.html

Amazon sells it as well:

http://www.amazon.com/Eucerin-Protective-Moisture-4-Ounce-Bottles/dp/B000FKHNLO

Thanks for pointing out this product. I will probably try it out.

Arubalisa
02-15-2011, 10:01 AM
Thanks for the link CK. Ro, is it fragrance free?

danadog56
02-15-2011, 10:37 AM
Interesting conversations about sunscreen....I tried the spray-on, but it goes empty so quickly that I would go broke if I had to buy enough to last 3 weeks in Aruba, so I generally buy a 30spf oil free for the first few days and then I have to admit I go to the oil based spray of 8 or 4...m'bad....I know someday I will be sorry for this....might have to consider sticking with at least a 15 during my stay so I tan but do not turn into leatherlady !!!!
oh, and the reason I actually decided to put my 2cents in....(I get so distracted..:doh:...) 2 years ago I was having a serious problem everytime I went into the sun...I'd put on sunscreen but after about 1/2 hour in the sun I would feel like I was on fire and start to get itchy....took 2-3 days before I figured out I was on my last few days of an antibiotic and it was the cause of all my troubles.......so just wanted to put that out there incase somebody doesnt realize you cant be in the sun with these meds.....:D.please check with dr before going on vacation if he has you on antibiotics.....:eek:

CK1
02-15-2011, 02:35 PM
Thanks for the link CK. Ro, is it fragrance free?


You are welcome, Lisa.

My dermatologist recommended it many years ago and I use it ever since.

AhhAruba
02-15-2011, 03:19 PM
Thanks for the info on the cause of the bumps. I had never attributed it to sunscreen but rather thought it was probably salt water irritation. Interesting!

ksw5487
02-16-2011, 08:19 AM
We are heading down in a little more than a week, I have been reading the side effects of my RA meds and sensitivity to the sun is one they both share.... I have a darker complexion and love the tanned look. I had experienced the red bumps in the DR the first year we went and just thought it was because the sun is stronger there. so I will try putting sunscreen on a couple of days before we go just in case.:behappy:

kim

Andrea J.
02-16-2011, 08:52 AM
arubalisa had recommended "cera ve" skin cleanser to me.
i bought some and their moisturizing lotion a few months ago and it has a 30 spf.
long story short.........i left it on the table poolside here where i live, someone picked it up and intended to give it back to me. well, between the holidays and what not, she did not give it back.........

i ran into her at water aerobics the other day and she raved about it as a perfect sunblock.........she still gets a great tan and the lotion is perfect and no red bumps. apparently red bumps are pretty commonplace and an issue here in florida and aruba!

then she handed me a CVS gift card to buy some more. (which i will NOT leave at the pool)

i will continue to use the aerosol spray all over but the cera ve lotion will be for my face and after sun.

http://www.cerave.com/cerave-products/facial-moisturizing-lotion-am/

Arubalisa
02-16-2011, 10:14 AM
i ran into her at water aerobics the other day and she raved about it as a perfect sunblock.........she still gets a great tan and the lotion is perfect and no red bumps. apparently red bumps are pretty commonplace and an issue here in florida and aruba!
http://www.cerave.com/cerave-products/facial-moisturizing-lotion-am/
You have been holding out on me! This is great information.

Suffering from some eczema, my dermatologist suggested their products and they were a God send. I can apply my medicated ointment with the moisturizer right over it.

Now off to FB them and request a daily lotion with spf 30.

As an added note. As you can see in my avatar, dd is very fair skinned. We always had her use spf 50 in Aruba. Then she began breaking out in a rash with a few lumps and bumps. Doing some research through "Dr. Google" I found the suggestion that the SPF might be TOO HIGH. The next trip she only used SPF 30 and not only was she fine, but no lumps and bumps or rash.

sherryf
02-16-2011, 02:29 PM
i have an autoimmune disease of the sweat glands. blocked pores are my enemy. any lotions, creams, bases or screens with oil in them are forbidden so these items really are important to me. besides which, my entire family rashes and red bumps itself to itchy madness with almost anything on the market today. i checked out reviews a bit today and here's an interesting ratings link.

http://www.theperformanceleader.com/eucerin-review/

btw, for sunscreens, etc, neutrogena has some of the best around. my daily moisturizer, neutrogena healthy defense daily moisturizer is an spf 45.

CK1
02-16-2011, 07:48 PM
DH wanted to order some items from Amazon. I asked him to order the Eucerin Everyday Protection Face Lotion, SPF 30 for me. Will try it out as the sun gets stronger here every day.

On the Amazon site was also a product description for those interested:

Product Description

UVA/UVB Protection. Non-comedogenic. Fragrance-free. Dermatologist recommended. Eucerin Sensitive Facial Skin products are dermatologist recommended for the safe and effective care of sensitive skin. Eucerin Extra Protective Moisture Lotion combines intensive moisturization with SFP 30 in a lightweight, non-greasy formula. Microfine Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide provide broad physical block against UV induced skin damage. Provides 14-hour moisturization. Oil-free, non-comedogenic (won't clog pores). Non-irritating and clinically proven safe for sensitive skin. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommended. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends this product as an effective UV sunscreen.

bryanne911
02-17-2011, 06:13 PM
Those red itchy bumps are a result of sun poisoning accroding to my dermotologist. I got burned 16 yrs ago in the FL Keyes...I know have a reaction to hot water, hot tubs, the sun etc..even if I get overheated I break out in these bumps.. I must blcok using 50 spf if I'm going to be in the sun. I have a topical presciption called temovate cream thats controls the itch and soothes the bumps!!

corona
02-18-2011, 06:35 PM
I've only had this issue once, and it happened when I was in Las Vegas in August, after a long day of walking up and down the strip. I came down with a painful, itchy rash only on my lower legs. My husband and I happened to notice a few other people with the same rash. I couldn't imagine what I had, so when we got back to our hotel room, I Googled my symptoms..of course. I found that I had a case of Leg Heat Rash aka "Golfer's Vasculitis". In case someone else comes down with it, I thought I'd add it to the mix of heat related rashes.

http://walking.about.com/od/medhot/a/legrash.htm

Sun and heat exposure can be very sneaky in Aruba. The trade winds are so cooling, one can sometimes be lulled into a false sense of security. During our first trip to Aruba, we saw a lady being wheeled off on a stretcher from our pool by paramedics after suffering a heat stroke, so that understandably made a big impression on us.

Neither my husband nor I are particularly prone to burning, but we're still very cautious. We use 30 spf sunblock lotion prior to going out. Stay mostly under the palapa, and use the spray for quick touch ups. We put on a second layer of lotion sometime during the day because I feel like it gives better protection than the spray. The only time we got burned (except in '84 when my Italian husband who'd never had a burn a day in his life used oil after a couple of days, which lead to one day of being red as a lobster) was when I bought store brand sunscreen. It was supposed to be 30 spf, but the day we used it, we both got a bright pink. Never again will I take store brand sun screen to Aruba.

Ariel
02-18-2011, 07:40 PM
This just might be me, but one good lather of panama jack in the morning usually last me all day. Unless of course, you go in the water, then re apply after you swim.

rogerwaldrup
02-21-2011, 01:36 AM
Check the SPF on the sunscreen lotion you are buying, usually it should be 30 to protect you well from the sun.,.,

Arubalisa
07-12-2011, 04:52 PM
Cheap sunscreen works best
(http://www.clarkhoward.com/news/clark-howard/travel/cheap-sunscreen-works-best/nC2GS/)

Shelly
07-12-2011, 05:07 PM
I've been using Target sunscreen for about 5 years now, and never a burn! Works well in the Aruba sun!!

Arubalisa
05-25-2012, 12:42 PM
FDA Sheds Light on Sunscreens (http://www.fda.gov/forconsumers/consumerupdates/ucm258416.htm)

How Sunscreen Works (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=cC-d9ZsnLds)

Sunscreen: Stronger Rules, Better Protection (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=f80iPEfwE80)

cindyo
05-25-2012, 02:28 PM
Didnt bringenough # 30 with us! Had to buy more. Cheapest around was Ling and Skns

Arubalisa
05-25-2012, 02:32 PM
Didnt bringenough # 30 with us! Had to buy more. Cheapest around was Ling and Skns
How much and how was the selection?

I usually plan on clear blue skies- no clouds = 1 bottle per person for every 3 days to be on the safe side. ;)

Never have had to buy more, but still hoping to hit a streak of the kind of weather you have had ;) :)

Andrea J.
05-25-2012, 02:33 PM
we have pretty much stopped using the aerosol SPF.
it is way too drying, even banana boat "lotion" spray spf 50.
alcohol is in every aerosol product and just way too drying.

for the amount that we use, we have now swapped out to NO AD #30
for noses, foreheads and ears.
No AD# 15 for the rest of our sun exposed bods.

cindyo
05-25-2012, 10:43 PM
Nice selection at Ling
What was $ 23 in all hotels was $17 there. We are partial to Hawaiian. Tropic. #30.
They used to have cheaper Arhba Aloe stuff but now its the same prices as hotels etc.




How much and how was the selection?

I usually plan on clear blue skies- no clouds = 1 bottle per person for every 3 days to be on the safe side. ;)

Never have had to buy more, but still hoping to hit a streak of the kind of weather you have had ;) :)

bksalvadorean417
06-11-2012, 10:28 PM
1 bottle per person for every 3 days to be on the safe side. ;)

Aside from my father and I, the rest of my family is very fair-skinned so we have to pack a lot of sunscreen. When people mention one bottle, how many oz are we talking about? I'm on amazon searching for sunscreen and I might get the Neutrogena ultra sheer for everyone but there are different oz.

Arubalisa
06-12-2012, 07:55 AM
8 fl. oz. on the Coppertone Oil free which we use. I buy it on drugstore.com. They are the least expensive I have found online. Around here everyone carries it in spf 15, but not spf 30. Dd is fair and needs the 30.

Cathey
06-12-2012, 10:30 PM
So is it safe to say a medium fair skin and Italian medium olive skin would be safe to bring 3 tubes #30 & 3 #15 (12 days)? I use usually use #30 Coppertone on my face and wear a hat or visor all summer (skin issues). I never wear it @ home (except on on weekends) then again I'm only in the sun on weekends. Should I bring more?
When we are in the sun on weekends I have issues with the sun bumps on my chest and arms. We never go to the beach ( only 15 minute ride) we spend our time in a chlorine pool). Thanks

Andrea J.
06-12-2012, 10:38 PM
i would say you probably will have enough.
if in doubt, bring 1 or 2 extra.

make certain you buy the oil free.
some times the oil is what causes the bumps.

i have been using some sunscreen on my face and i am breaking out badly.
that stuff is now in the trash and i am back to using the banana boat aerosol.


So is it safe to say a medium fair skin and Italian medium olive skin would be safe to bring 3 tubes #30 & 3 #15 (12 days)? I use usually use #30 Coppertone on my face and wear a hat or visor all summer (skin issues). I never wear it @ home (except on on weekends) then again I'm only in the sun on weekends. Should I bring more?
When we are in the sun on weekends I have issues with the sun bumps on my chest and arms. We never go to the beach ( only 15 minute ride) we spend our time in a chlorine pool). Thanks

Arubalisa
06-12-2012, 10:45 PM
It sounds like enough to me. :) I too use to suffer from the red bumps until I discovered the Coppertone Oil Free.

Just make sure that you apply lotion to all exposed areas- tops of hands, feet.. Even if you are wearing a hat, slather it on the face and ears.

Even on a cloudy day in Aruba, the UV rays are so strong they penetrate through the clouds and reflect off the sand and water. Been there done that :rolleyes: :doh: :mad:

Another tip...it does not happen frequently but has happened to us... the dreaded leaking bottle...
I pack each bottle separately in a Ziploc bag, squeezing out the air before sealing. I then take the separate Ziploc bags and place them in a 2 gallon Ziploc bag, again squeezing out all the air.

In case one piece of luggage is lost and because of weight restrictions, when packing I divide the lotion into 2 or 3 of those "big" packages.

Probably way more than you want to know, hopefully someone will find it useful. :)

cindyo
06-13-2012, 08:20 AM
I use that foodsaver thingy and seal all my lotions before i go.

Arubalisa
06-13-2012, 09:37 AM
I use that foodsaver thingy and seal all my lotions before i go.Fantastic idea! :) We have a vacuum sealer.
How do you handle unused or partially used bottles coming home?

Cathey
06-13-2012, 06:02 PM
Thanks Lisa & Andrea, I be sure to stay away from the oils.

bksalvadorean417
06-27-2012, 04:59 PM
I found Coppertone Oil free sunscreen at amazon for cheap and for those that have Prime, it includes free two day shipping. (You can get free prime from Amazon mom or in my case, Prime Student) :)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004FO6U2Y/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00

Arubalisa
06-27-2012, 06:17 PM
I found Coppertone Oil free sunscreen at amazon for cheap and for those that have Prime, it includes free two day shipping. (You can get free prime from Amazon mom or in my case, Prime Student) :)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004FO6U2Y/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00:goodpost:
That is a fantastic price on amazon. It has dropped in price since the beginning of the month and about as low as I have seen it anywhere. Here in Georgia for some reason the stores only carry spf 15 :rolleyes:
:offtopic:
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE prime. We paid the $79 for it and use it all the time for the 2 day shipping as well as kindle borrowing library and instant videos.

ctfirewife
06-28-2012, 02:53 PM
I fell in love with Blue Lizard sunscreen when we went to Aruba in February. It's from Austrailia and I bought it on Amazon...I am an Amazon junkie. My son was just 1 yr old and has blonde hair, blue eyes and very fair skin. He came back with a nice tan and not one hint of a burn.

bksalvadorean417
06-28-2012, 04:10 PM
I'm an Amazon junkie as well. I have bought most of our things for this vacation in Amazon. I hope the Coppertone will blend fine with a bit of makeup over it. They have up to 50 spf but our dermatologist said 30 is fine which may explain why the prices are the same.

((Off topic))

Love Prime too! My sister is very fair-skinned as well and the poor thing always comes with sunburn when we go to the beach and we're in the east coast. I'd like to see her come home with a nice tan too.

serene56
07-02-2012, 11:06 AM
We tried a new sunscreen yesterday- Hawaiin Tropic.
Good thing we tried it at home before we went to Aruba. Found this stuff to be pretty nasty.
We put in on then went and spent the day at the neighboring pool Was only out there for 1 1/2 hours. Got really burnt.
Hawaiin Tropic SPF 15. Brand new so no expired date. Could you imagine the burn we would get in Aruba if we burned like that at home.

Arubalisa
07-02-2012, 01:36 PM
I just finished zip locking our 6 bottles for next week. :D

serene56
07-02-2012, 01:47 PM
Ziplocking for carry on? or checked in?

I wish they would make those bottles 3 ounces so we can do carry on.
no way am I paying the price for sunscreen in aruba.

I think last year we went through 4 bottles.

(joe got a bad burn our first year and we were ONLY in the sun from 4pm til 7pm

Arubalisa
07-02-2012, 01:54 PM
Our carry-ons are very light, only valuables and medication.

Each bottle goes in a ziploc, push all the air out, roll and seal. Then 2 - 3 bottles go into one more ziploc so everything is double bagged. Have only had one bottle leak over the years (since 9/11/2001). Double bagging = double protection. I spread the weight out over our checked luggage.

serene56
07-02-2012, 02:46 PM
I always use ziploc baggies for almost all that stuff. I read too many packing horror stories

ctfirewife
07-10-2012, 11:26 AM
I ziploc EVERYTHING that comes in a bottle. My family makes fun of me but last time we went to Aruba, they were eating their words when they saw how my hair conditioner exploded in a ziploc. That would have been a big mess! :D I even ziploc stuff that goes in my carry on and let me tell you, never ONCE have I had a problem at security, in many different airports. It's not as strict as it seems to be...makes you wonder.

brendielee
08-29-2012, 09:09 AM
Rite Aid Stores have all their suntan lotions on sale ~ buy one-get one free! I went to the manufactures' websites and printed $1 coupons, and heading back to the store!

elisabeth_nj
08-29-2012, 11:35 AM
Visited my local RiteAid last night and picked up 6 bottles/cans of Suntan lotion. 2 of each SPF (we start high then slowly go down by the end of our trip). Ended up spending $60.00 (got some other stuff too)...but saved $46.46!!! I must admit I did forget about the wind when using a spray, ooops may have to go back and get the rub on kind too.

Arubalisa
08-29-2012, 11:43 AM
Welcome back to the forum :)


I must admit I did forget about the wind when using a spray, ooops may have to go back and get the rub on kind too.Maybe they will allow you to exchange it for non-aerosol?

elisabeth_nj
08-29-2012, 04:57 PM
thanks Lisa...but they will get used regardless! Home or vaca! :o)

Cathey
08-29-2012, 05:43 PM
Thanks guys, brought 4 a week ago @ buy/one get one 50% plus a $5 coupon. Went Monday and got 4 more @ the BOGO. Also have water camera's 50% off this week grabbed an extra one. Love, Love, Love sales and saving $. Thanks again for the heads up.

mjl60621
09-02-2012, 01:28 PM
Wow, I need to keep my eyes open for these sales, I need some lotion, lol.

I like to go tanning right b4 my aruba trips, I only go 3x total b4 each trip, just to get rid of the super whiteness and to help me not burn

Andrea J.
09-02-2012, 02:48 PM
Aldis (if you have and ALDIS near you) has spray 30 and 50 SPF sunscreen on "special".
$1.99
we bought 10
should last us thru the fall.
we spray down in the mornings before we put our bathing suits on...and spray again part way thru our daily swims.
cannot find expiration date on the ones we bought or the ones we had already at home.
maybe the aerosol spray does not expire.

bought some spf 15 lotions too.
$1.99 each 12 oz

mjl60621
09-02-2012, 07:39 PM
$1.99, when I go home from the jersey shore I gotta check it out

AUA1989
09-13-2012, 08:48 AM
Last December thought it was a good idea not to pack sunscreen so it would not add to the weight in the suitcase. Had to buy it there and learned a lesson. It was much much more expensive than I even imagined it would be.

Just a tidbit, I saw a news article recently that said those higher SPF sunscreens, i.e. 80, 100, are not more effective, just more expensive. Keep reapplying. Also, if it says waterproof, sweatproof, not always correct.

elisabeth_nj
09-13-2012, 02:19 PM
Aldis (if you have and ALDIS near you) has spray 30 and 50 SPF sunscreen on "special".
$1.99
we bought 10
should last us thru the fall.
we spray down in the mornings before we put our bathing suits on...and spray again part way thru our daily swims.
cannot find expiration date on the ones we bought or the ones we had already at home.
maybe the aerosol spray does not expire.

bought some spf 15 lotions too.
$1.99 each 12 oz

I've never seen sunscreen at our Aldi's. Will have to check it out this w/e! Thanks!

Andrea J.
09-13-2012, 02:44 PM
here in fla, our local aldis carries it year round.

some stuff with aldis is very seasonal.

they only carry cranberry sauce 11 weeks a year.
i asked the manager today what is with the cranberry sauce, how come you have it this week? i bought 15 cans. he told me that some items are seasonal or limited or 1 time only.
must have to do with space or lack thereof.

the aldi brand of sunscreen we like is aerosol Little Ombre, spf 50.
i know only use 50 on my ears, shoulders and forehead . the rest of me gets 15 or nothing at all.


I've never seen sunscreen at our Aldi's. Will have to check it out this w/e! Thanks!

elisabeth_nj
09-14-2012, 09:32 AM
We have only purchased silly things at our Aldi's, things we definitely don't need...never looked in that section cause our store is really tiny. 50 if HIGH for me also who is olive(ish) in color but it doesn't hurt to have some around, especially for 1.99! (Can keep at our house for our Little Ombre's!) Thx

P.S. Bought their Baby Back Ribs about 2 weeks ago and OMG...they were the meatyist we've ever had and only 3.69 per lb. We usually buy them at CostCo or when on sale at our local market but no more...I will wait for Aldi's to carry them from now on!!!


here in fla, our local aldis carries it year round.

some stuff with aldis is very seasonal.

they only carry cranberry sauce 11 weeks a year.
i asked the manager today what is with the cranberry sauce, how come you have it this week? i bought 15 cans. he told me that some items are seasonal or limited or 1 time only.
must have to do with space or lack thereof.

the aldi brand of sunscreen we like is aerosol Little Ombre, spf 50.
i know only use 50 on my ears, shoulders and forehead . the rest of me gets 15 or nothing at all.

mjl60621
10-19-2012, 12:07 AM
Did you know that if you have a flex spending medical account offered through most employers that you can purchase sun tan lotion with a SPF of 15 and higher tax free?

The purchase is before Payroll taxes. Since we are beach people, the savings adds up.

purpleangel
10-19-2012, 11:02 AM
Sunblock of 30 SPF or higher is an eligible FSA expense ONLY with a doctor's prescription. ;)




Did you know that if you have a flex spending medical account offered through most employers that you can purchase sun tan lotion with a SPF of 15 and higher tax free?

The purchase is before Payroll taxes. Since we are beach people, the savings adds up.

mjl60621
10-19-2012, 02:32 PM
We must have conflicting information. My wife called the provider and they said spf of 15 and NO script is needed. We made the purchases, sent in receipts, then we received a request from them to submit a picture of the products we purchased. I will google and post support, gotta run to a meeting

mjl60621
10-19-2012, 02:42 PM
Here is the support:

Link: http://www.connectyourcare.com/cyc2/inthenews/Consumers_can_use.html

"To be considered FSA, HSA and HRA eligible, sunscreen products must be broad spectrum and have an spf level of at least 15. See FSAStore's list of eligible sunscreen products. (http://fsastore.com/Sun-Care-C253.aspx)"

If you click the "list of elegible products" you will be taken to:
http://fsastore.com/Sun-Care-C253.aspx A few product screens in you will see that SPF 15 is an approved product.

purpleangel
10-21-2012, 05:12 PM
Hmmm . . . must depend on the TPA.

http://www.aetna.com/members/fsa/eligibleExpenses/overthecounterFSA/overthecounterexpenses.html

https://www.conexis.org/solutions/pdfs/fsa/ExpenseTable.pdf

Bill
10-23-2012, 02:17 PM
Heres my sun screen tip of the day. You know how cold it is when you put it on first thing in the morning? I sure do and hate it so I put it in the sink and soak it in hot water shaking it up time to time while Im having my coffee. No more cold, a nice comfy warm lotion.

mjl60621
10-23-2012, 11:41 PM
I just put the lotion while in the sun, I never notice a cool spray, but now I will cause u said it, lol