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What are good sunscreen alternatives?

Submitted by bloodrose in AskRaddle

I don't tan: I tumor. I am so pale I burn rather easily. Small amounts of sun exposure lead to freckling. My solution up to now has been to avoid the sun - hard. But now I'm interested in more outdoors activities/wildcrafting/camping, etc. I need to be where there is real dirt under my feet. But I don't want to slather myself in cancerous chemicals to try to avoid skin cancer (and my family has a history of melanoma - yay). Does anyone have any good ideas for alternatives to sunscreen? Or know of non-cancerous sunscreen?

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GaldraChevaliere wrote

I wear cloaks and veils to help deal with my light sensitivity. I still need to mend both of mine, but they're durable enough and they'll keep the sun out of your eyes and off your back.

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bloodrose wrote

Have you found any that are lightweight enough for summer or do you make your own?

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GaldraChevaliere wrote

I ordered my winter cloak, but I made my summer cloak out of a thinner felted cloth. Linen is a really good material if you can get it, or a lighter wool. If you're not going to be super active, I'd get a bell-shaped one that circles your entire body when it's clasped. But if you're going to be moving around and need your arms a lot, make a brat (Irish cloak with multiple 'tails' that can be draped as you like) or a square cloak. They don't take very long to make, my summer one only cost me about 20-30 bucks to make and a few hours of my time. But buying them online can get very, very expensive because of how deprecated sewing is as a skill.

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NeoliberalismKills wrote

They have UPF (how they measure SPF on fabric) clothes too. Haven't ever tried them myself though.

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mofongo wrote

I keep myself in the shade, or use a piece of clothing to cover exposed areas. Also go out when the sun is less formidable.