We only have one skin! Sun protection is unfortunately often forgotten by many surfers. But our skin forgives us nothing and the sun’s rays are much more intense than on the beach due to the reflection in the water. In the water, there are several ways to protect yourself from the sun. There are wetsuits, Lycras, Hats, and Sunscreen.
All of these things come in a wide variety of styles and brands. Now how are you supposed to know what the best product is? In this blog post, I would like to look at sun protection sunscreen and tell you a little bit about it.
DIFFERENCES IN SUNSCREENS
If you’re going to be in the water for a long time, like surfing, you should consider what kind of sunscreen you’re using. There are basically sunscreens with chemical UV protection or mineral UV protection.
CHEMICAL UV PROTECTION
With chemical sunscreen, the skin absorbs the radiation and converts it into heat in the top layer of the skin. For this reason, it often feels even warmer with sunscreen than without. In addition, chemical sunscreen should always be applied 20-30 minutes before sun exposure. In addition, it requires constant reapplication. From an environmental point of view, chemical sunscreen should be avoided. The ingredients harm the beautiful corals that we love to observe while snorkeling.
MINERAL UV PROTECTION
Mineral sunscreen, or physical sunscreen, reflects the sun’s rays. This means that the UV rays do not penetrate the skin, but are previously reflected by the sunscreen. The film on the skin acts immediately and does not decompose. This sunscreen does not cause allergies. The mineral sunscreen leaves a white film on the skin, although it can also be said that the thicker the film, the higher the protection from the sun.
SURFERS AND SUN PROTECTION
Many surfers on Fuerteventura wear a wetsuit so only their feet, hands, and face are exposed to the sun. The skin on the face is particularly thin and therefore very sensitive. Especially in the water, the face is exposed to the sun twice because the water surface reflects the UV rays. For this reason, we need a sunscreen in the water that keeps the UV rays away from our skin. Mineral sun creams are particularly suitable for this purpose. They are well-tolerated and do not cause allergies. In addition, the sunscreen lies like a protective film over the skin and reflects the sun’s rays before they reach the skin. They work immediately and have no contact time.
SUNSCREEN AND THE SEA
Our oceans are getting dirtier and dirtier because many people don’t take responsibility. In this day and age, it is so important to take care of our nature. The oceans are polluted by chemical sunscreens because they detach from the skin and the pigments float around in the sea. The components of chemical sunscreen attack the coral reefs of our oceans. Studies show that reefs and marine animals are endangered, e.g. by a hormonal disturbance in fish. That is why we recommend switching to mineral sunscreens, as they are considered the safest option for our oceans.
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WHICH SUNSCREEN SHOULD I BUY NOW?
- Essentials Face + Body Sunscreen SPF 50
- AntiOxidant+ Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50
- LiftActiv Peptide-C Sunscreen SPF 30
- Matte Effect Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50
- SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen Lotion