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Thread: SUNBURN (especially Aruba newbies) SunBlock

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    SUNBURN (especially Aruba newbies) SunBlock

    You have never had a real sunburn if you have never had an Aruba sunburn!!!

    Reminder...Aruba is only 9 degrees north of the equator.
    The sun is strong. Unmercifully strong.

    Aruba has a reef safe Sunscreen/Sunblock policy in order to save the environment (coral reef protection)

    Make sure that when you purchase sunscreen it is mineral based and is labeled "reef safe".
    there are MANY brands on the market.

    No, there will not be "sun block police" as you enter Aruba.
    I believe that you are on the honor system.

    Today I spent 2 hours today in the pool with 2 friends doing some water aerobics and checking out some new music.
    It was full overcast and drizzly and I got fried today......top of my head, shoulders and lips
    I never put on any block, wore sunglasses or a hat.........the keyword is STUPID
    ​In a world where you can be anything, be kind!
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    The worse sunburn I ever had was after few hours at a cloudy beach in the days of baby oil/tanning lotion. That was the day before college graduation. We had to wear stocking, a dress and high heels under the black caps and gowns for the outside graduation. It hurt so bad. I had a few blisters, too. So glad we have sunscreen now.

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    My friend and I went to Tenerife on vacation...the first day there it was cloudy and overcast so we walked the beach checking things out. Not a thought about needing protection from the sun. That night she was suffering sunburn across her shoulders and chest area. It was so bad we ended up at a pharmacy for some help. Practically the whole vacation every night I was covering her in this cream. She blistered really badly ...it was awful. Morale of the story....always wear sun block! The sun is intense even when it’s cloudy and overcast. Of course my favorite island doesn’t have too many cloudy days but sunblock and a hat everyone!
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    Good advice.... my first visit enabled me to have sunburn on the tops of my feet!
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    The first year I got burned on the top of my head... so now for the last few years I usually buy a hat as soon as I get there. This year I bought a higher quality hat to bring down, but didn't get the chance to use it in March. Hoping for October.
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    that is PAIN CP!!!
    many years ago I was denied entry to a very fancy restaurant in O'Staad (ChezMathilde) due to my "footwear".
    I had crappy rubber flip flops on.........I had a horrible sunburn on the top of my feet and could not wear my regular sandals.

    We tried explaining and showing the maitre'd my scorched feet, but he was steadfast in the adherence of the dress code.

    I may have told him that I hope that his time in Hell would remind him of my sore feet

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    Good advice.... my first visit enabled me to have sunburn on the tops of my feet!
    ​In a world where you can be anything, be kind!
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    Alas our first trip to Aruba, April 23, 1983.

    Day 1 - Mega sunscreen, end of day snow white skin
    Day 2 - Mega sunscreen, end of day snow white skin
    Day 3 - Mega sunscreen, end of day snow white skin
    Day 4 - going on a catamaran snorkeling cruise, don't need much sunscreen with shirt on and being in the water. Bad idea!
    Burnt to a crisp, shared turns that night in a bath tub filled with ice cubes. Lesson learned!!
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    In Aruba I always use 70 on my face, especially my nose. I start off with 70 then go to 55 then if I am in the shade I don't use any. In the sun, once I have a tan, I use 55.

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    I was glad to learn that SunBum sunblock is reef safe because it’s the only one I like and it doesn’t feel greasy and gross. I’m always extra cautious with the sun in Aruba as I’m more concerned with skin cancer than sun burn. It’s easy to underestimate the intensity of the sun in Aruba because of the breeze. Post sun care is also really important and making sure your skin is moisturized.


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    the breeze in aruba causes many to let their guard down.
    they do not feel the intensity of the sun.

    my worst experiences (and it is repeated more than I care to admit) are my lips.
    I prefer banana boat lip stick goop and that works well for me.
    Sometimes I will slip up and use the aruba aloe lip goop product or copper tone lip product and those both imo are terrible for me.

    When my lips are really bad I wear Desitin Baby Bum ointment on my lips (zinc oxide) and sometimes nose too
    ​In a world where you can be anything, be kind!
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