OR - Dermatone Spot Protection Stick - Gail S.
- Wow! I finally finished two OR's today that I have
been working on for awhile in my spare moments
(probably a month). This one is in response to
Andrew's July Call:
Dermatone Spot Protection Stick
July 5, 2006
Name: Gail Staisil
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight: 140 (64 kg)
Location: Marquette, Michigan USA
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For the last 16 years, backpacking has become a
passion. I am a four-season backpacker and an
off-trail navigator. Although I do take yearly trips
to the American West or Southwest, the majority of my
trips are in Michigan and Canada. My pack weight
varies considerably but my base weight is less than 18
lb (8.16 kg). I am primarily a tarp camper who
averages more than 50 nights a year backpacking in a
huge variety of weather conditions including
relentless rain, wet snow and sub-zero temps.
Manufacturer: Dermatone Laboratories
Year of Manufacture: 2006
Model: Dermatone Spot Protection Stick
Manufacturer's Weight: 0.75 oz ( 21 g)
MSRP: $6.70 US
Dermatone is a sunscreen product that comes in several
different forms including tins, cremes and sticks. The
product is based on a Swedish formula that was
developed to protect the skin from harsh cold, wind
and sun. The formula is specifically waterfree for
cold weather sports. It forms a barrier on the skin so
that it can help retain the skin's own moisture. Many
levels of SPF are available from 18 to 30. Dermatone
also manufactures other sunscreen products including
lip balms, and zinc-oxide products. The Dermatone Spot
Protection Stick SPF 23 is the basis for this review.
The Inactive Ingredients consist of C 18-36 Acid
Glycol Ester, C 18-36 Triglyceride, Cocoa Butter,
Lanolin, Mineral Oil, Paraffin and Fragrance.
I have used Dermatone Sunscreen Products for more than
twenty years. As a longtime nordic ski racer I first
noticed them in ski shops that I frequented. Because I
spent a great deal of time outdoors in brutal windy
and cold conditions, I was eager to find a sunscreen
that protected my face from chapping and dryness. I
actively used other sunscreens but they always left my
face quite wind burnt and dry. This sunscreen was
simply different from any others I had ever tried. It
looked very much like petroleum jelly but was not
greasy, it was very thick but easy to apply and it
came in a tin. I was ready to give anything a try to
combat the elements. I purchased my first tin and the
rest is history.
I generously applied the sunscreen to my face before I
went out on my multi-hour ski trainings and was
pleased with the results. Like all sunscreens it
should be applied 30 minutes before exposure. Even
though a tin looks awfully small it goes a lot way. In
the early years I bought the tins regularly but when
the stick form became available I was elated. I had
some times struggled with opening the tins especially
if I left them in my cold car for days. The stick form
was much more conducive to using with cold fingers. It
also eliminated coating my fingers with the sunscreen
to apply on my face. It was a cleaner experience all
around. The stick form differs somewhat from the tin
version as there is a lot more Petrolatum in the
latter making the stick a bit less messy in my
experience. However I still use both products on my
dry hands and lips to protect them from chapping too.
Several years ago I started winter backpacking so that
I could pursue the sport year round. I automatically
packed the Dermatone Stick to fend off environmental
exposure on long winter trips. The stick is available
in several types and sizes so they are easy to
transport in my waistbelt or parka jacket. I usually
have them packed in a couple of places so that I can
access them whenever I want.
I normally apply the sunscreen while I am still in my
shelter each morning of a winter trip. My skin absorbs
it fast and it doesn't feel greasy. I occasionally
reapply a bit more to my nose and cheeks if the day
has premium exposure and snow reflection. The layer of
sunscreen stays on quite nicely all day long. At camp
I usually wash my face in the evening and reapply it
I have also used this product in nonwinter months. I
don't particularly like the feel of it on my skin if
the temperatures are really hot but then most
sunscreens at those temperatures feel yucky too. At
least it doesn't run into my eyes like I've had
problems with some products when I am sweaty.
The majority of my backpacking trips and skiing
excursions were taken either in the state of Michigan,
USA or in Ontario, Canada. The terrain included hilly
boreal and deciduous forest, lakeshore and open areas.
Elevations ranged from 600 ft (183m) to 2000 ft (610
m) and temperatures ranged from a low of -20F (-29C)
to a high of nearly 100 F (38 C).
Overall the Dermatone Spot Protection Stick has been
not only convenient to use but it is an important part
of my regime to ward off exposure to harsh weather
including wind, sun and cold. It has many fine
qualities that I haven't found combined in any other
sunscreen product. I would highly recommend it to
anyone that spends many continuous hours in the
* Available in tins, sticks or cremes
* An effective barrier against harsh climate
* Retards frostbite
* Many sizes available
* Stays on skin a long time
* Sweat proof
* Tins can be hard to open in cold weather (stick
form is much easier)
* Distribution is more limited (sports stores)
**There is a pleasure in the pathless woods** - Lord Byron
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- --- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, woodswoman
>Hey lady, what are you doing flooding the OR boards? You trying to
> Wow! I finally finished two OR's today
swamp these guys, or what?
Uh wait a second....
- Ray, I think you hold the record for the most owner reviews. How much
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> --- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, woodswoman
> <woodswoman2001@> wrote:
> > Wow! I finally finished two OR's today
> Hey lady, what are you doing flooding the OR boards? You trying to
> swamp these guys, or what?
> Uh wait a second....
- --- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "rayestrella1"
> Hey lady, what are you doing flooding the OR boards? You trying toRay,
> swamp these guys, or what?
> Uh wait a second....
Don't worry I'll never catch up to you although I have a lot of ideas
floating around in my mind for new OR's :)
- --- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "Jenn K." <jennksnowy@...>
> Ray, I think you hold the record for the most owner reviews. How
> gear do you have? Send some my way.Hi Jenn,
Oh no, I am not even close. One of our compadres is around forty I
think. Because Dave and I hike in every season and condition we have
quite a lot of gear. Plus I just love trying new technology. (OK,
toys) We have a very secure gear room at our office. Dave has one
side I have the other. Dave is more into UL so his does not use up
as much space. :-0
I am trying to get him into BGT. He does stuff I don't like hiking a
hundred miles in trail runners, and living for a week on bird-seed.
(At least it looks like it.)
I do give a lot of gear away, most to my family. The problem is that
I am taller than any of them so packs and bags don't fit. How tall
are you Jenn? Ooh that sounds kinda personal. Better take this off-