Best Waterproof Sunscreen / Sunblock for Swimming?

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  • IronMikeIronMike BostonCharter Member

    I've used Desitin for years. It worked on all four of my babies' butts, it works for swimmers.

    Interestingly, on all my organized Russian swims I'd slather myself with Desitin and some Russians would look at me weirdly. Some would ask if they could have a squirt and they put it on their skin around their wetsuits (they love wetsuits there). The few that did that came to me after thanking me. The few that asked what the stuff was looked stunned when I explained to them it was for baby butts. But a few of them at later comps would have their own tube!

    JaimieBogdanZ

    Just here troubling deaf heaven with my bootless cries...

  • MvGMvG Islamabad, PakistanCharter Member

    Just wanted to add my voice to the Desitin believers hsre 4 days/16 hrs at SCAR in the blazing Arizona sun, and not a hint of sunburn, which was a major fear of mine. Plus, the stuff is so much cheaper than sunscreen!

    Kate_AlexanderIronMikessthomasLakeBaggerKari33
  • NajiswimsNajiswims Member

    This is a great discussion and well worth having. But there is one critical element missing that none of you, and not to your fault have spoke about. How do these products affect Brown and Black skin?

    I have to approach this from a totally different stand point as my skin can protect me against certain UV rays but not all of them. I've had to do some research, but for my Anacapa swim in September I plan on using Neutrogena Beach Defense Sunscreen SPF 70. I've had folks that I know who've used Desitin, but have not been satisfied with the results. I plan on ordering some and letting folks know what my experience is.

    So if you have friends of color that swim "skins" in open water, and in particular are marathon swimmers, you might be able to pass on this information.

    Again, thanks for posting this much needed discussion, I believe it is very important to have in our sport.

    Keep swimming!
    Naji

    evmoKari33SydneD
  • flystormsflystorms Memphis, TNMember
    edited May 6

    Naji, I’m not being an ass, but curious, why would black or brown skin need something different? Y’all burn as well but does your skin burn differently? Again, I have no idea, sorry

    IronMikeNajiswims
  • LakeBaggerLakeBagger Central OregonMember
    edited May 6

    @MvG said:
    Just wanted to add my voice to the Desitin believers hsre 4 days/16 hrs at SCAR in the blazing Arizona sun, and not a hint of sunburn, which was a major fear of mine. Plus, the stuff is so much cheaper than sunscreen!

    Yep--didn't see any sunburn on you, Milko!

    For the record, I used Sol RX (after reading this thread) at SCAR this year and also got no sunburn. I've used desitin in the past (and it's worked well) but wanted to try something different this time. My main fear was that it would be a cold year at SCAR and I'd get desitin on my swimming parka which I've had since I was 12. If I was cold after a swim I didn't want to have to wait for someone to clean me off before slipping into my re-warming gear. It turned out to be a very warm year with no need for my parka or any warm gear at all, so I (and my 27 year old parka) would've been fine.

    Anyhow, I put on a layer of sol RX when I woke up and then another just before the swims. I may have put an additional booster layer on my face while waiting for the pontoon boat to the staging areas. I live in Oregon and had pretty much no base tan to speak of so wasn't sure if it would work or not but was glad it did--Jess

    flystormsKari33MvG
  • Kari33Kari33 PennsylvaniaNew Member

    I used SolRx clear zinc at Lido Key last month and applied Desitin to my nose, shoulders, and back tattoos. I got some color with the SolRx, but no burn (and I’m fair). Nothing got through the Desitin. I may use that on my entire back next time.

    There was ONE small sliver of skin I missed during application and that area got a bit fried!

    LakeBagger
  • kejoycekejoyce Member

    hi friends

    desitin n00b bere - what's the approximate weight/volume of desitin required to protect an average-ish sized 6' human? i'm going to give it a go for MIMS (though... is it even ever sunny in seattle? ;) )

  • IronMikeIronMike BostonCharter Member

    @kejoyce said:
    hi friends

    desitin n00b bere - what's the approximate weight/volume of desitin required to protect an average-ish sized 6' human? i'm going to give it a go for MIMS (though... is it even ever sunny in seattle? ;) )

    If you can see peach instead of white, keep covering.

    Seriously, though, I've used it for a while, and in some swim I did (20 Bridges? StS last year?) I missed the sides of my legs. My back, neck, face, back of the legs, all good. Sunburned on the sides of my legs. Ugh.

    BogdanZ

    Just here troubling deaf heaven with my bootless cries...

  • kejoycekejoyce Member

    @IronMike Yeah I'm going to slather it, I just have no concept of how much volume I need to buy to make sure I have enough.

    ssthomas
  • ssthomasssthomas DenverCharter Member

    A regular sized tube will last for a few swims.

    kejoyceIronMikeLakeBagger
  • kejoycekejoyce Member

    Thanks @ssthomas !

    IronMike
  • BogdanZBogdanZ Bucharest, RomaniaMember

    Hi! Do you mix desitin with lanoline and vaseline for better duration/ improved antichafing/ better effects on cold water?
    or desitin and maybe before aplying a small amount of sun protection would be enough?
    Thanks.

    ssthomas
  • ssthomasssthomas DenverCharter Member

    some people pre-mix their desitin and lanolin. i just apply the desitin and then put the lanolin in the spots I chafe.

    BogdanZ
  • MLambyMLamby Member

    I know I'm in the minority here, but I don't mind spending the extra for the SolRx in exchange for the lack of mess and smell. Also, Desitin makes my skin feel "choked." Just me though....I'm a creature of comfort. :)

  • IronMikeIronMike BostonCharter Member

    @kejoyce said:
    @IronMike Yeah I'm going to slather it, I just have no concept of how much volume I need to buy to make sure I have enough.

    Sorry Kelly, I've been out. Yeah, what Sarah said. I've used one small tube for 3-4 swims.

    Just here troubling deaf heaven with my bootless cries...

  • ssthomasssthomas DenverCharter Member

    I only use desitin for swims over 6 hours, but I've burned through SolRX. I'd rather be safe than sorry, no matter how much I hate the mess and smell.

    kejoyce
  • NajiswimsNajiswims Member

    @flystorms said:
    Naji, I’m not being an ass, but curious, why would black or brown skin need something different? Y’all burn as well but does your skin burn differently? Again, I have no idea, sorry

    Your not being an ass at all! I can only speak to Black skin, but here it goes. Yes we can have sections where our skin is darker than another portion, but for us, no matter how long we're in the Sun, there is no pain or associated peeling afterward. That's good right? Wrong! Over time we could develop melanoma skin cancer and not even be aware of it. Like any other form of cancer if it's caught early you can deal with it, but if let unchecked it can spread and lead to lungs, liver, brain, wherever. Thanks for asking the question, you can't offend me if you don't know the answer, so continue to ask away :-)

    evmoLakeBaggerssthomasIronMikeflystormsSwimmersuzBogdanZSydneD
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