Elite tips on avoiding sunburns that go beyond the standard online guides about staying out of the sun during the middle of the day and finding a high SPF sunblock for a light-skinned person about to embark on 3 weeks of way-too-much sun.
I'm the stereotypical "never tans always burns" light-skinned dude and I'm heading off to a 3 week summer camp. Turns out I can't see my dermatologist before I go, so I turn to askmefi for any super-duper sunblocking tips. I've read the three previous threads on ask (here
, and here
) and I have plenty of good tips on specific brands, but I am looking for other advice.
I'm open for any general tips on how to make it through the next 3 weeks, and some of my specific questions are:
1) If (or more likely, when) I get burned, is there anything I can do after to help prevent future skin cancer? Is there some after-lotion or other methods I can use to help mitigate any damage that might lead to cancer down the line?
2) What is the best way to be applying and re-applying throughout the day? If I'm sweating and slimy should I wipe all the old gunk off first, or just slather more on over it? Is it better to start with a rub on lotion and then switch to a spray on for a second coat or stick with the same brand?
3) Finally, any advice or anecdotes from similarly light-skinned folks who have had to endure weeks of overpowering sun about how they survived would be helpful.