Sunscreen: protect your surfing skin

What is sunscreen? The best sunscreen lotion products are a crucial part of surfer's lives. The use of sunscreen protects you from the ultraviolet (UV) radiation sent by the sun.

Surfers are very much exposed to skin cancer. UV rays, sand and water reflection are responsible for severe skin damages. Irreversible problems may appear in as little as 15 minutes of sunlight exposure.

Spring and summer, as well as hours between 10am and 4pm, are the most dangerous periods for UV exposure. Also, UV rays travel through clouds in less sunny days. Tanning is good and addictive, but skin cancer may end your surfing days forever.

Ultraviolet radiation destroys skin's cellular DNA and produces mutations that lead to skin cancer. Melanoma is deadliest form of skin cancer and kills more than 8,000 Americans, each year.

The best sunscreen creams, lotions and sprays offer sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher and both UVA and UVB protection. These are broad-spectrum sunscreens.

If you're a surfer, try to apply two tablespoons of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before hitting the waves. If you're enjoying the surf for longer periods, reapply sunscreen every two hours because the contact with the water is always deteriorating your sun care protection.

Surfers wearing full wetsuits should apply a thick layer of sunscreen in the face, hands and even feet. If you're surfing with your boardshorts only, make sure to protect all your body.

High quality sunscreen labels include chemicals that ensure sun block: compounds that absorb ultraviolet light, inorganic ingredients that reflect scatter and absorb UV light and a stabilizer that slows breakdown.

Alba Botanica, Aloe Gator, Aveeno, Banana Boat, California Baby, Coppertone, Garnier Ambre Solaire, Hawaiian Tropic, La Roche-Posay, L'Oreal Solar Expertise, Neutrogena, Nivea and Shiseido are the best sunscreen labels for surfing and surfers. Please use it always.

Check the sunscreen brands and the sun protective factor (SPF). Click on each label to buy.

SUNSCREEN BRAND AND MODEL

SUN PROTECTIVE FACTOR (SPF)

Neutrogena Age Shield Face Lotion 110
Neutrogena Ultimate Sport 100
Aveeno Protect + Hydrate 70
Coppertone Sport 80
La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60
Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection 50
Banana Boat Sport 50
Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydratation 50
L'Oreal Sublime Sun 50
Alba Botanica Hawaiian Sunscreen 45
Aloe Gator 40
Nivea Sun Protect Water Gel 30
California Baby 30
Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen 30
Raw Elements Face Stick 30


The sunscreens for surfers review has been updated on the 8th July 2014.