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Skin cancer and face protection,masks

Postby DAVELA » Wed May 31, 2017 6:55 am

Interested in what you folks use to protect your faces from the sun other than messy lotions.
I use a wide brim hat coupled with bandanas but i am trying to figure out a simpler less cumbersome arrangement as most bandanas are too short and the knot bumps into the hat causing the bandana to loosen back there.Also a bandana pressed against your face can be sweaty.
Do any of you use those 'buffs' that look like a neck gaiter that pulls over the face?Are they sweaty?Do they block the sun well?

For a diy project what is a good spf material? I am thinking of something that clips onto and hangs from the brim of the hat so the face is cool and comfy.



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Re: Skin cancer and face protection,masks

Postby balzaccom » Wed May 31, 2017 7:07 am

Big hat and sunscreen...but I should probably do more, particularly in areas with a lot of exposed granite. Reflected sunlight is still sunlight, and the hat doesn't do much against light coming up from below.
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Re: Skin cancer and face protection,masks

Postby Snowtrout » Wed May 31, 2017 8:02 am

I use a Buff (rainbow trout pattern to be exact) and have used it over the past couple years while hiking, fishing, working outside, etc, in combination with a baseball hat and sunglasses . I have/had skin cancers on my face and this does provide a good deal of protection. It does breathe fairly well for something that covers your skin. Only negatives, it does pill up in high wear areas (mouth) and it will rise up exposing the back of your neck at the shirt line if you do not tuck it in.
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Re: Skin cancer and face protection,masks

Postby maverick » Wed May 31, 2017 11:16 am

I don't give out specific route information, my belief is that it takes away from the whole adventure spirit of a trip, if you need every inch planned out, you'll have to get that from someone else.

Have a safer backcountry experience by using the HST ReConn Form 2.0, named after Larry Conn, a HST member: http://reconn.org
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Re: Skin cancer and face protection,masks

Postby rlown » Wed May 31, 2017 12:17 pm

balzaccom wrote:Big hat and sunscreen...but I should probably do more, particularly in areas with a lot of exposed granite. Reflected sunlight is still sunlight, and the hat doesn't do much against light coming up from below.


This is the best strategy.. The hoodie seems beyond what I want to wear. Besides, I'm 55.. Been exposed to excessive sun since I was 6.. At least 6 summers in Minnesota at Lake Minnetonka. All we had was Coppertone, but were in the water every day. Then, the Sierra.. bain de soleil SPF 2 doesn't cut it with snow on the ground. That was fun at Whitesides meadow.. Also a little blind after that so it became a layover day at the middle wire lk in Emigrant. There were other sun experiences..

Not that I wish melanoma on anyone, but slather on the sun screen, wear the big hat, long sleeves, long pants. It's as good as it gets. (Maybe even grow a beard :) )
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Re: Skin cancer and face protection,masks

Postby DAVELA » Wed May 31, 2017 3:40 pm

My experience with sunscreen is that it has to be re applied a lot; is messy;not 100% effective.Its a messy pain in the butt.This is why i want to create a screen that attaches to the brim so my face is pritected fully;not slimy;comfy and cool.
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Re: Skin cancer and face protection,masks

Postby Dave_Ayers » Wed May 31, 2017 4:27 pm

In my younger days I grew out a full beard. These days just a goatee, polarized sunglasses, a vented hat, and sun block. Anything more is too hot for me.

I don't find Bullfrog quick gel to be slimy or messy. Twice a day works for my light skin type as long as I get some tan before I go.
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Re: Skin cancer and face protection,masks

Postby rlown » Wed May 31, 2017 5:08 pm

I like that one as well..
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Re: Skin cancer and face protection,masks

Postby Shawn » Wed May 31, 2017 6:28 pm

I use the spray on stuff, like Banana Boat Sport. Having had issues with skin cancer, I apply the stuff liberally and it doesn't create a mess and doesn't sting my eyes at all. Usually one application is good for a long day hike.
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Re: Skin cancer and face protection,masks

Postby AlmostThere » Wed May 31, 2017 9:39 pm

I use one of the safe sunscreens from the not-causing-cancer list (see http://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/best-sunsc ... unscreens/) usually CeraVe, it isn't greasy. And a Sunday Afternoons hat -- the one with the broadest brim and the neck cover.
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