Best Sunscreen for Surfers

By Del Mar Surf Camp | Posted on Mar 12, 2011

Last week, I stumbled across the blog post about “Skin Care Tips for Surfers” and realized that I should really be looking at how to protect my face more while surfing in the water because I noticed that each time after I get out of the water, no matter how much (or how little) sunscreen I applied, I would ALWAYS be burnt after a good 3 hour session in the sun. And ladies, they say, the damage caused by the excessive sun exposure is the leading cause of skin ageing. So read up!

So I posed the question: “Are there products out there that are actually waterproof and good for

surfing?” I currently use Headhunter, SPF 30 that is sworn by a few of the surfers here.

After much going back and forth about which ingredients my sunscreen contained and the percentage, I got my answer. There wasn’t enough Zinc Oxide in my sunscreen. The main ingredient to protect your face from the sun. Here is the answer from Laola Lake Aea, Hawaii Ocean Girl Projects resident skin care advisor.

Which Sunscreen is the best?

  • Be weary, most sunblocks you buy will claim to be “water resistant” not “waterproof”.
  • Zinc oxide is still really the most effective block, it is also the least toxic to your body as well as to the health of the marine life.
  • Titanium Dioxide, next level of sunblock – but really just a “screen” and allows 70% of suns rays to go through.
  • Brands to look for UVNatural & Soleo – contains 24% zinc oxide level, and does not cause eye stinging.

How to Apply Sunscreen

  1. Apply the sunscreen at LEAST 30 minutes before entering the water – don’t put sunscreen on your eyelids or it will spread and sting your eye when you’re surfing.
  2. Re-apply after at least 3 hours in the water.

Del Mar Surf Camp sells Soleo sunscreen in our offices in both Playa Hermosa and Playa Nosara – so stock up girls, the organic ingredients and high content of Zinc Oxide will be your best alliance against the sun!

If you have any other questions about skin care, feel free to post a comment below or email Laola directly!

Pura Vida,


Del Mar Surf Camp



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