Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Missed a spot.

I was so proud of my awesome sunblock yesterday, but my sunblock application skillz were neither mad nor 1337. I missed a patch on the right side of my neck just above the collar of my shirt, and I got cooked there. In a cool room I can feel the heat coming off of it on my jawline right above it...

21 comments:

og said...

There's a product called "Banana boat sport sunscreen". It's like a Chapstick. I keep one in my range bag. Works pretty good.

My eastern european ancestry dictates that I have a pasty white skin the consistency of the belly of a toad, and the slightest exposure to sun causes me to burst into flames like Bram's creations. Consequently I never ever wear shorts or short sleeved shirts. On the rare occasions that I'm out in the sun without a hat, the banana boat stuff does an excellent job of keeping me from immolating. I do wish they made it in SPF 2000.

Bram said...

I can only hope it is the approximate shape of a nice High School hickey.

Anonymous said...

For your comfort cover that area with Bacitracin with zinc ointment and you will be pain free in24 hours. It realy works if you dont mind the geesy feeling.

McVee said...

Aloe works well too.

1337... there I go googling again...

Jay G said...

Being of the swarthy persuasion, I cannot feel your pain.

Mrs. G., OTOH...

1911Man said...

Just don't apply Banana Boat anywhere above your eyebrows, and wash your hands really well or at least wipe them vigorously on a range towel. BB in your eyes, even in miniscule amounts, will ruin the everlovin' crap out of the rest of your day. But otherwise, BB is excellent stuff.

Ian Argent said...

I guess I better let the guys down at Ft Meade know they should turn down the intensity of the laser targeter for the mind control beams. And check the boresight.

Bubblehead Les. said...

Just be glad you weren't impacted upon your wound by the Great Flying Muzzle Brake.

Shrimp said...

I second the notion that aloe works well. My wife brought an aloe plant into the house, and it took six years for my black thumb to finally kill it. In the meantime, it had grown and grown and grown. It was always useful on burns of any sort.

Maybe I shouldn't have placed it directly in front of the air conditioning unit.

There are several "after-sun" products that contain aloe and lidocaine which work reasonably well too.

Matt G said...

I've never used SPF 100, but I've used a lot of SPF 50, which goes on like housepaint. This makes it a pain to re-apply, but last summer convinced me: no matter what it says on the bottle, reapply every two or three hours. Period.

I used to laugh at sunburns. Then my friends and family started getting pieces cut off of them. Now I do not laugh at sunburn.

Ancient Woodsman said...

Learn something near every day here. Never heard of ASCII. That was neat. My web-fu is old and weak.

Being Scot I burn and don't tan. I use SPF 85 and recommend it. Even had good results with SPF 15 if applied every few hours.

After a burn? Aloe. Cold cream. Noxema. Whatever's cool.

reflectoscope said...

Perhaps that aerosolized sunscreen might be a good backstop (on account of its better coverage) to the smear-on stuff; I don't know if it is as reliably effective but for the tricky bits it might be handy.

Jim

K said...

Actually, one of the quickest and most comfortable cool downs for a sunburn is vinegar, diluted 1:4. Then cover it with aloe.

Oh, and in case anyone cares, bug bites, even chiggers and mosquitoes, will stop itching immediately if covered with roll on deodorant.

I know they sound weird, but they work...

Stuart the Viking said...

I have a nice big clump of Aloe Strata growing in the side yard for just such occurances. It's smaller than the Aloe Vera plant but works just the same, and grows great in the shade down here in Florida. Definately wouldn't work as an outside plant up there in the great frozen north (Indiana) though.

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Tracy said...

Does this make you a redneck?

Justthisguy said...

Ma'am as a fellow blue-eyed paleface, you have my heartfelt sympathy. I live in Southern Florida, and try not to go outdoors in the daytime. If I go outdoors after dark, I risk arrest for "being on foot after dark" or something. I am so going to hell for thinking and saying this, but Oh I hate my neighbors who run this town.

Mike W. said...

Better than having a handprint on your neck I suppose.

And what is it about you darn rednecks in flyover country? :)

Anonymous said...

Is there any sunscreen that doesn't go on feeling like grease or feel like it after 10min?

Loathe the sensation of the stuff.

GuardDuck said...

As one who is directly targeted by the hair club for men ads, I went Kojak many moons ago.

Lesson learned one hot august range week - khaki boonie hat still lets a certain amount of uv rays through.

Ed Foster said...

Irish and Scot family, 30% redheaded, so I known.

What I do is live with the pain and peeling until I reach a terminal state of burn reminicent of intermediate Cherokee, and it protects me. When I walk into work all the Polish people point at me and go "roc, roc". It means lobster.

For reference, there has never been a case of skin cancer in my freckled, albino family, although most of them have been military for a living, usually on or near one ocean or another.

I'm told it happens mostly to people with warts or "beauty marks". I guess I'm not beautiful.

Timmeehh said...

http://www.aolnews.com/health/article/study-many-sunscreens-may-be-accelerating-cancer/19488158

Never use a sunscreen with SPF > 15.

http://www.ewg.org/2010sunscreen/buyer-beware/