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    Sunscreen that stays?

    New to OW swims longer than what's in an Olympic tri and am registered for 2 this spring. I'm worried about frying my back and legs. What is a good sunscreen/block that stays put for a couple of hours? Thanks in advance. You guys are so inspiring (and funny in places).

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    Re: Sunscreen that stays?

    Desitin (zinc oxide). Thick, white cream for diper rash. It works great as a sunblock and helps with chafing. It is hard to get off and will stick to everything. Use baby oil and a rag to wipe it off. It will stay on for hours.

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    Re: Sunscreen that stays?

    If you are looking for 2-4 hours of open water coverage SolRx, Prosport 44, Banana Boat, or Bull Frog Gel. If you have fair skin, then apply 2 coats about 30-45 minutes apart. Or with very fair skin you can apply a top coat of Zinc Oxide or Desatin.

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    For swims lasting under 2 hours, I use Banana Boat Sport 50 spray, usually two coats. Over 2 hours, I use Coppertone Kids pure and simple 50, which has zinc oxide in it. That is probably the most important ingredient to look for.
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    Re: Sunscreen that stays?

    This is very helpful as I will be doing an open water swim in mid-May. I have very little open water experience and this will be my longest (a whopping 5k). I got some race information via email a few days ago and it contained this:

    Body marking will be available from 5:30 to 7:00 (5K), 6:15-6:45 (10k), and 8:15-8:45 (1 mile). For timing purposes it is very important to have your number in two places: 1.on both arms 2.left upper thigh
    Athletes may pre-body mark themselves if using sunscreen.
    Am I correct in interpreting this as I should put my number on myself in those two places before putting on sunscreen? (Or wait to put on sunscreen until after I'm marked?)
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    Re: Sunscreen that stays?

    Awesome thanks y'all. Of course after I posted this, several related threads showed up (despite my searching). Good new info though. And EKW that's a great question.

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    Re: Sunscreen that stays?

    Quote Originally Posted by ekw View Post
    Am I correct in interpreting this as I should put my number on myself in those two places before putting on sunscreen? (Or wait to put on sunscreen until after I'm marked?)
    In Steven Munatones OW Swim book, he suggests that if you apply sunscreen before getting marked, the ink might run when you get into the water. I can't say that I've ever had a problem with the number running off, though; usually the number stays on for a few days after the swim. Make sure they use a fat marker
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    Re: Sunscreen that stays?

    Quote Originally Posted by rxleakem View Post
    In Steven Munatones OW Swim book, he suggests that if you apply sunscreen before getting marked, the ink might run when you get into the water. I can't say that I've ever had a problem with the number running off, though; usually the number stays on for a few days after the swim. Make sure they use a fat marker
    I had exactly this problem at the 2012 La Jolla Rough Water Swim. Prior to being marked, I had slathered on the sunscreen and as soon as the gal started marking me, you could see the ink breaking down. She asked me if I had sunscreen on, to which I said "Yes". She grabbed a bottle of what smelled like Windex, sprayed and wiped off all of the numbers (arm, hand, back) and marked me again. I reapplied sunscreen when everything was dry and the numbers still faded a bit, but they were readable. I guess it might depend on what type of marker is being used. The ones they were using appeared to be big, flat Sharpie markers.

    Oh, I almost forgot. I use Bullfrog gel. Smells awful, but works really well. Not a hint of a burn even during a 2-mile OW swim.
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    Thanks for the info. I will plan to sunscreen up except for the marking areas, get marked, and then add the rest of the sunscreen.
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    I am voting with greg of boston light - desitin is excellent AND it gets on everything. the trick is to get someone else for application. i'll pack a bottle of baby oil in the future. it only annoys me on the swim goggles. happy swimmin'

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    Re: Sunscreen that stays?

    I've had the problem of putting sunscreen on after being bodymarked and still having the sunsreen rub a lot of the ink off my arm. I try to wait as long as possible to let the ink dry, but that's been so-so in effectiveness.

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    Ellen - Assuming the race is in the morning, if you're only doing a 5K and don't burn like an Irishman, you're probably fine with a regular sunscreen as you'll only be in the water for no more than 1h30m. I use Water Babies Pure & Simple SPF 50 and it works like a charm. See you at Nats!

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    Re: Sunscreen that stays?

    Quote Originally Posted by hnatkin View Post
    Ellen - Assuming the race is in the morning, if you're only doing a 5K and don't burn like an Irishman, you're probably fine with a regular sunscreen as you'll only be in the water for no more than 1h30m. I use Water Babies Pure & Simple SPF 50 and it works like a charm. See you at Nats!
    I burn like a Scotsman, but I agree a regular high SPF sunscreen should be enough. See you at Nats!
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    Re: Sunscreen that stays?

    Quote Originally Posted by mwest42 View Post
    I've had the problem of putting sunscreen on after being bodymarked and still having the sunsreen rub a lot of the ink off my arm. I try to wait as long as possible to let the ink dry, but that's been so-so in effectiveness.
    A couple of suggestions for applying sunscreen and body markings.
    1) If you apply sunscreen first, do it at least 45 minutes before getting marked, giving it a chance to absorb and dry a bit.
    2) If you apply sunscreen after body marking, use spritz on sunscreen over the numbers and use whatever you like elsewhere.

    One other body marking suggestion; post race use rubbing alcohol and cotton swab or paper towel to remove your race number.
    The opinions expressed in the above post are mine and not those of U.S. Masters Swimming.

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    Re: Sunscreen that stays?

    Watermans! http://www.watermansappliedscience.com/ It is part zinc, part other sunscreen stuff, and completely awesome. I used it for an 8 hour swim on a sunny day last summer and the only burn I got was where I missed.

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