henna sunscreen?

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Posted by Don Hess on May 11, 2002 at 23:34:37:

This may be somewhat of an odd question. I've seen comments a couple
places about how henna works as a sun-block and people can tan/burn
around a pattern with the pattern eventually fading to pale. I was
wondering if it's ever been intentionally used as a long-duration
sun-block (or would the stain or fading phase just be too gross)? I
have a very fair complexion and am going to be camping on the beech
for 2 weeks later this summer. I was planning on bringing strong
waterproof sun-block but never completely trust it to protect me.
Could a 'henna bath' provide lasting protection? I wonder how dark
the stain would have to be to get how much protection. I don't think
I'm quite brave enough to experiment with whole-body henna, but
long-term reliable sun protection would certainly be nice. :) Any



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