Best Sunscreen for Surfers

Best Sunscreen for Surfers

Surfing is full of fun, sun, and salt. With all those elements combined, it’s wise to consider how to take care of your skin. From Sun Bum to Belly Jelly, there are many products out there that help to protect the health of your skin while still being able to enjoy long sessions out in the sun. Whether it's cream for the face or a small tube of lip balm, let’s take a look at Cleanline’s best sunscreen products for surfers.

Products Reviewed

Skin Care During Surfing

Taking preventative measures is the best way to care for your skin in order to keep it happy and healthy for years to come. At Cleanline Surf, the following products are our go-to options for sun protection while surfing.

Sun Bum Sunscreen - $3.95+

“Sunscreen For Any Occasion”

Sun Bum SPF 30 Sunscreen
Sun Bum SPF 50 Spray Sunscreen
Sun Bum SPF 70 Sunscreen

The main component of taking care of your skin is keeping it protected. You’ll want to protect your skin from UV rays even in cold, overcast climates. Sun Bum sunscreen offers that protection and more before long sessions in the sun. Their sun block has Vitamin E for extra protection from aging and is actively moisturizing to keep your skin hydrated. Sun Bum offers all types of SPF options. Additional protection for those in the sun all the time and for the folks looking to get an extra tan.

Highlights and Features

  • Offers Reef Safe options
  • Extra Moisturizing
  • Added Vitamin E

Belly Jelly Rash Gel - $7.95

“Cleanline Surf Top Seller”

Belly Jelly Rash Gel

Belly Jelly Rash Gel has been a go-to option for Cleanline employees and customers for years because it can do it all. From actings as a lip balm to evading the awful wetsuit rash to being used as a lubricant for other sports like running and cycling. Apply liberally before use and slide effortlessly into that thick 5mm suit. We don’t recommend using Jelly Belly for surfing without a wetsuit; it will turn your surfboard into a slip and slide. The small 2.5 oz. tube is full of natural ingredients like Aloe Vera and Vitamin E.

Highlights and Features

  • Clear lubricant
  • Heals and protects skin
  • Can withstand exposure to wind, heat, and water

Sun Bum Mineral SPF 50 Face Stick - $11.95

“The Extra Protection We All Need”

Sun Bum Mineral SPF 50 Face Stick

The face is one of the most exposed parts of the human body to the sun. Wetsuit or not, our faces will be touched by UV rays, so having extra protection is super helpful. That added protection will help prevent any additional aging or sun damage usually caused by prolonged sun exposure. One of the best parts of the Sun Bum face stick is that it is easy to pack. It barely takes up any room and is easy to throw in your pack without the added weight of an entire bottle of sunscreen.

Highlights and Features

  • Reef Safe
  • Compact size
  • Easy to travel with

Vetra Lava Sunscreen Lip Balm SPF 30 - $6.95

“Practical For Everyday Use”

Lips are often forgotten about when it comes to sun protection. We tend to cover everything from the tops of our feet and the backs of our knees but completely forget about the lips! Whether surfing near the equator in a high UV area or summiting the Oregon cascades, the Vertra Lava Lava is Cleanline’s top pick for sunscreen lip balm. Made with Macadamia Nut and Coconut Oil and parben-free; it’s kid safe for users of all ages.

Highlights and Features

  • Small 5g tube
  • Kid safe
  • Reef safe
  • Moisturizes well without having to reapply often

Skin Care After Surfing

After your surf session is over and you've cleaned up your gear, don't forget to take care of your skin as well. Throw on a layer of soothing product to hydrate your skin. Take a look at Cleanline Surf's top picks for skin care after surfing.

Sun Bum ‘Cool Down’ Hydrating After Sun Lotion - $11.95

“Soothe the After Burn”

Sun Bum 'Cool Down' Hydrating After Sun Lotion

Being prepared matters when it comes to skin protection from the sun. The Sun Bum After Sun Cool Down Lotion is a must-have for any surfer spending time at the beach. Soothing Aloe makes for a cool sensation on the skin when applied liberally, while the added Cocoa butter is a natural protectant moisturizer and hydrates the skin. It’s not greasy like many other lotions. The small 8 oz. container is small enough to toss into your weekend travel bag.

Highlights and Features

  • Vegan and Cruelty-Free
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Reef Safe
  • Soothing Aloe

Salt & Stone California Mint Lip Balm - $9.95

“All-natural Lip Care”

Salt & Stone California Mint Lip Balm

Full of all natural ingredients like beeswax, grapeseed oil, sunflower oil, and vitamin E, just to name a few, the Salt & Stone California Lip Balm is highly recommended for soothing sun-baked lips. The lips don’t lie when overexposed to heat and sun. Treat yourself and take away the sting by applying it throughout the day when needed for a soft and hydrating feel. Lastly, every Salt and Stone product is manufactured with renewable solar and hydroelectric energy.

Highlights and Features

  • Small 0.15 oz. stick
  • All natural ingredients
  • Matte finish

Final Thoughts

As surfers, we spend the majority of our life exposed to the damaging UV sun rays: help yourself out by lathering up on the necessary sunscreen for surfers. Cleanline Surf stocks many types of skin care products beyond the few that are highlighted above. We’re stoked about the many all-natural options that are also reef safe. If you have any questions about our products, you can call us at 1-888-546-6176, drop a comment below, or email

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