sun protection - egypt

#1
alrite people, im off to egypt in june, and i really dont wanna get burnt in 100degree heat, ive got my trusty bush hat and stuff to keepme protected but i think the budget creams are not gonna help me like they do in places like tenerife.

im normal skinned and tan quite easily, but can burn in the first few days, just want recomendations on the best stuff? i dont want something thats gonna end up with me covered in dust and stuff sticking to me.

what are lads in iraq issued with? if anythin

piz buin? ambre solere?

ill probably get factor 30

i know lads/ladies on here will have been to iraq etc, so best place to ask really for comparible weather.

all helpand advice much appreciated

many thanks in advance
 
#2
I went to egypt in october a couple of years ago and think we took soltan with us and had no problems, I wouldn't buy really cheap sun cream but there is no reason to buy anything special.
 
#7
Wear a burqah?

But staying in the bar seems the only sensible option.
 

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#8
You dont say what you are doing - chilling out on the beach sunbathing?

I am there 4-5 times a year and it seems we have a similar skin type. If you do not deliberately sit out in the sun your only problem will be your head (hat) and forearms/calfs depending on what you are wearing. Take some block (50+) to put on exposed places when you over do it, you may need some lip balm (Piz buin alpine is good) if you spend a lot of time in the desert.
 
#10
A duffel coat over chinese fighting suit and 3 Romeo will most likely screen out the worst effects.

Hope this helps.
 
#11
I found that light coloured long sleeve shirts, and similar trousers all topped off with a natty local bought shamagh stopped me getting burnt while I was out and about, and staying under the umbrellas by the pool solved the problem while I was at the hotel. Get the bar staff to bring drinks to you, and you can stay in the shade...
 
#13
When I was in Sharm diving last October I used Piz Buin factor 30 to start with then moved down to P20, whack it on after a shower in the morning wait an hour before going into the sun so go to breakfast etc etc then you have factor 20 protection all day no matter how much you swim/towel down, there's no need to re-apply. The only drawback is getting hold of the stuff!

But if you are near Sharm as JD says just get underwater and blow some bubbles it's the best diving I've ever done!!
 
#15
[factor 30 to start with then moved down to P20, whack it on after a shower in the morning wait an hour before going into the sun so go to breakfast etc etc then you have factor 20 protection all day no matter how much you swim/towel down, there's no need to re-apply. The only drawback is getting hold of the stuff!

Ultrasun is better than P20 as it doesn't stain you clothes like pish. :lol:

oddly enough there is a link at the bottom of the page for a company selling US; and no I have absolutely no connection with them before you ask. :crash:
 
#17
SPF 20 minimum sounds about right for June. I got back from Sinai last week, and used SPF 15 throughout - no probs.

But...it was so hot I and my girlfriend both got heatstroke in the first couple of days (headache, lethargy etc) - had to lie up in bed with A/C on full blast for 24 hours. I got my dose by jogging for an hour at 9am (doh!); she got hers by lying by the pool too long on the first day.

I'd been to Egypt before but this was in Taba which was way hotter than other places. We skipped over to Aqaba in Jordan too, and that was so hot we thought we were going to die - it even gets up to 50 degrees in the summer...

Take a hat, drink water even when you're not thirsty (3 litres per day plus), and take it easy for the first 48 hours while you acclimatise.
 
#18
jonni said:
alrite people, im off to egypt in june, and i really dont wanna get burnt in 100degree heat, ive got my trusty bush hat and stuff to keepme protected but i think the budget creams are not gonna help me like they do in places like tenerife.

im normal skinned and tan quite easily, but can burn in the first few days, just want recomendations on the best stuff? i dont want something thats gonna end up with me covered in dust and stuff sticking to me.

what are lads in iraq issued with? if anythin

piz buin? ambre solere?

ill probably get factor 30

i know lads/ladies on here will have been to iraq etc, so best place to ask really for comparible weather.

all helpand advice much appreciated

many thanks in advance
Just back from Taba in Egypt. Mrs Driver got me factor 34. She asked the chemist if it was any good. He replied the next one up is a crepe bandage. Job Done!
 
#19
i'm prone to sunburn and have found Piz Buin the best stuff by far. worked fine for me in egypt (taba) and africa.

yellow_devil & driverB - where did you stay in taba? hyatt regency was outstanding, wish i could go back...
 
#20
CRmeansCeilingReached said:
i'm prone to sunburn and have found Piz Buin the best stuff by far. worked fine for me in egypt (taba) and africa.

yellow_devil & driverB - where did you stay in taba? hyatt regency was outstanding, wish i could go back...
Stayed at the Intercontinental. Outstanding, just chilled out round the pool for a week supping 'Stella', the Egyptian beer, not the foreign one.
 

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