Summer is near, sunscreen recommendations? Application/Value.

As summer nears, I'm wondering which sunscreen is the easiest to apply? I find many really thick and difficult to apply and you have to use alot.

Sprays aren't great value for money, so just curious if anyone knows a brand, or type?

While we're here, any after-sun care lotions? Nice to be prepared for a sale 🤣

Thanks

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  • +1 vote

    Avoid spray ons - they do not work at all.

    • +1 vote

      I use Banana Boat spray on sunscreen and it works fine for me, never been sunburnt with it on.

    • +2 votes

      Yeah they do. I use them for fishing since the smell of lotion on my finger transfers to the bait and fish tend not to eat sunlotioned bait.

      If they don't work, I'd be some special kind of crispy skinned roast. Sun from top, sun from sea and a whole lot of nothing in between.

      • +3 votes

        You fish in your birthday suit ?

        • +3 votes

          What do you mean? How do you fish?

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            @tshow: I'll try it next time. Need to remember to be careful with the hooks. Just need to keep them away from the valuables :P

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          wait… you don't?

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        You must be fishing at the wrong spots :P

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          I tried fishing under a tree on a grassy patch so I didn't need sunblock.

          Not a single bite.

          • +1 vote

            @tshow:

            Not a single bite.

            Dunno, you've got a few bites here today ;)

            • +1 vote

              @Hithere: Must be the sun block.

  • +2 votes
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      $24 for 50ml ??!

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      errrmergerd!

      AQUA / WATER, DIISOPROPYL SEBACATE, ALCOHOL DENAT., GLYCERIN, DIMETHICONE, ISOHEXADECANE, BUTYL METHOXYDIBENZOYLMETHANE, OCTOCRYLENE, SILICA, DROMETRIZOLE TRISILOXANE, ISONONYL ISONONANOATE, ZEA MAYS STARCH / CORN STARCH, C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE, STYRENE/ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, ETHYLHEXYL TRIAZONE, PEG-30 DIPOLYHYDROXYSTEARATE, BIS-ETHYLHEXYLOXYPHENOL METHOXYPHENYL TRIAZINE, ISODODECANE, PHENOXYETHANOL, ISOPROPYL LAUROYL SARCOSINATE, TEREPHTHALYLIDENE DICAMPHOR SULFONIC ACID, SILICA SILYLATE, LAURYL PEG/PPG-18/18 METHICONE, PEG-8 LAURATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, TRIETHANOLAMINE, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, TOCOPHEROL, DISODIUM EDTA, DODECENE, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, POLOXAMER 407, ZINC GLUCONATE, PERLITE.

      :)

      • +1 vote

        And yet after all that it's only SPF 50+…

        • +2 votes

          I know, right?

          Looks like something NASA would smear on the space shuttle for re-entry.

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        Perlite??? As in volcanic glass??

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    We use Reef oil 15+ seems good.

    Here's a list of 30.

    https://www.livestrong.com/slideshow/1005303-30-safest-sunsc...

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    Banana Boat Sun Comfort Lotion SPF 50+

  • +1 vote

    Depends what you're trying to do. Avoid a painful sunburn or avoid cancer.

    Sunscreens based upon zinc-oxide are the classic ones. They are thick, hard to put on, make you all white but they work and are safe.
    They work by reflecting light.

    The newer ones are much more convenient to apply, but are much less stable and the hazards are yet to be seen. Unlike the old type, they don't work on reflecting light. Instead, they have chemicals that transform UV into heat.

    And then you have the newer version of zinc, made with nanoparticles. https://www.woolworths.com.au/shop/productdetails/318992/woo...
    Who knows what the deal is with it. Its zinc, so it should be relatively safe, but making the particles small enough to be invisible could introduce problems

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      Some are so expensive, you need a whole tube for 1 day at the beach!

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        Your comment sure leaves a large opening for some heavy response.

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    Apparently Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Lotion Sunscreen won some shoot outs via Google and it's easy to apply. $18 at Woolworths, may have to wait for a sale.

    I spose you can't go wrong with old school 1L for $9 and just deal with it.

    Maybe shaving my legs would make it easier? 🤣🤣

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    Personally Banana Boat makes me break out in a rash. I go to Chemist wareshouse and buy sunscreen from companies that also do moisturisers etc.

    We went with this one for our last trip to Europe. Seemed to work really well.

    https://www.chemistwarehouse.com.au/buy/85237/avene-spf-50-f...

    However, you should remember your slip, slop slap and stay in the shade as much as possible.

    I had a melanoma removed nearly 20 years ago and my view is "take a walk on the shady side".

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    Are there any sunscreens for your face that aren't designed for swimming- super greasy and takes two showers to get off?

    • +2 votes

      Try Nivea Face Shine Control SPF50 - currently half-price at Woollies @ $6.50 for 50ml.

      Neutrogena also has an oil-free Ultra Sheer face product which is pretty good.

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    Not sure when they start, but both coles and woolies will have Banana Boat and possible some other brands at 50% off coming up soon before summer starts. Just pick up a couple of bottles to see you through summer (based on previous years).

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    I am fair with red hair. Haven’t had a problem with Aldi in the big pump bottle

    • +1 vote

      You know what, I'm more likely to buy a sunscreen endorsed by a pasty ginger.

      Rangas should be the new face of sun care products!

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        Yup, “ranga recommenced” should become a tag line.

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    My holy grail sunscreen is Mecca's To Save Face Sunscreen SPF 50+ and yes it is on the PRICEY side but after trying Neutrogena, Cancer Council's and other various sunscreens, the MECCA one is by FAR the best. Although, this one by the Cancer Council is slightly similar, I've found that sometimes it pills on me after I put on my skincare routine.

    Absolutely NOT shiny or greasy, smells nice (smell doesn't overwhelm is stay there forever) and doubles as a makeup primer as well.

    Can't recommend Mecca's sunscreen enough!

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    You could try some Asian sunscreens like Biore Aqua Rich.

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    I usually go for RE:CIPE Crystal sun spray, an Korea one.