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#21
Long Island ,NY
3,128 Posts
Joined Mar 2011
Originally posted by EmilyAnn86
I am a classic ginger with red hair, blue eyes, freckles, and VERY fair skin. Any tips on how to enjoy my cruise and not get burned? I typically don't spend more than 30 minutes outside at a time because I burn even with sunscreen. I know the basics, sunscreen, long sleeve rashguard, hat, and reapply the sunscreen often, but normally I stay indoors when the sun is at it's peak and limit my time in the sun as much as possible. I live in NC, so I know the Caribbean and Bahamas are much closer to the equator than I am used to.
Use the best quality sunscreen you can find (advice from a formerely red haired fair skin guy).
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Lenny
#22
149 Posts
Joined May 2009
Originally posted by EmilyAnn86
I am a classic ginger with red hair, blue eyes, freckles, and VERY fair skin. Any tips on how to enjoy my cruise and not get burned? I typically don't spend more than 30 minutes outside at a time because I burn even with sunscreen. I know the basics, sunscreen, long sleeve rashguard, hat, and reapply the sunscreen often, but normally I stay indoors when the sun is at it's peak and limit my time in the sun as much as possible. I live in NC, so I know the Caribbean and Bahamas are much closer to the equator than I am used to.


I also believe that SPF clothing is a great investment. You will find a big selection at Lands End and a website called Coolibar. I've found that if I snorkel in a regular T shirt I get burned on my back but not in my Lands Ends SPF shirts.


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#23
72 Posts
Joined Sep 2015
You might consider a Patagonia sun hoody. I have worn this brand and type in Colorado summer back country treks. It is a breathable and is not designed to fit tight such as a swimshirt.
#24
Bellingham WA
597 Posts
Joined May 2013
I am red head and very light skinned and live in the Pacific Northwest. I have had successful vacations to Hawaii, Caribbean and Florida without sunburn. However, I did get sunburned in Alaska! I use the spray sunscreen from Walmart. I put on my suit and jump in the shower where my husband sprays me from head to toe while I slowly turn. Be sure to wipe your feet bottoms and to run the shower to get the slippery spray off the shower bottom. I use this with a hat when I am NOT going into the ocean. When in the water, I wear a long sleeve rash guard along with the zinc based coral safe sunscreen. Works like a charm every time.
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#25
Charlotte, NC
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Joined Jan 2007
My step-daughter and her cousins are gingers but also love being out in the sun - they go through SPF50+ sunblock like there's no tomorrow.

They all follow the recommendations that have been posted - wide brimmed hat, slathering sun block 30 minutes before heading out and liberally reapplying every 90 minutes or so and the like. As for UPF (for Ultraviolet Protection Factor) clothing - its not necessary to shell out the extra bucks for poly/spandex clothes embedded with TiO2 - clothing in general offer various levels of protection to begin with, some better than others but all better than nothing. Think of farmer's tans - tan lines in general

And yes - she found out the hard way that even out of direct sunlight, you will get UV rays bounced back off water, concrete, sand, etc. Thought she was safe in the shade of a chickee hut on the beach, but.........
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