Love surfing? Right. Don't wanna end up looking like a wrinkly 'ol git by the time you 40? Right. Then make sure you remember the sunscreen. And not just any arb stuff. Gotto handle the water, not burn the sh*te outta ya eye's, and survive a 4 hour sesh.....and achieve all of this without making you looked like either Gary the Grease Monkey or a white-faced Abakwetha.
Stoked to have found a kiff sunscreen that seems to tick all the blocks. Came across SWOX on the net, and really like the whole "Made by Surfers for surfers" concept. Cos only a surfer can know what a surf sunscreen is all about. With roots in Aus, the guys got their suncreens developed in Switzerland, so it's top-end stuff for sure.
SWOX offers a high protection sunscreen, SPF 30, that is extra water and sweat resistant. It protects your skin from the damaging UVA & UVB rays through a combination of zinc and titan protection - which is just the right combination of both physical & chemical blockers that you need to stop your nose turning crispy.
I'm a big fan of really good sunscreens, after burning my face to a frazzle about 10 yrs back. Ever since then I never surf without it - can be a dawn patrol, can be raining, doesn't matter - sunscreen goes on regardless. And I'm pretty damn fussy about what I use.
So I decided to give SWOX a try. And am happy to say it's a darn good sunscreen. So lemme take you through the test-drive: It squeezes out the tube as a nice firm cream, which makes it easy to apply - feels like you can get a decent amount on too. It's a white when you apply it, so you can see where you've missed a spot, but fades into your skin after a coupla minutes so almost looks like you have nothing on.
What's cool is it's alcohol free, so you don't get that annoying greasy feeling. It's also fragrance free so you don't smell like a coconut or whatever.
Of course the whole make or break is how well it performs in the surf. No problems here at all - doesn't run into your eye's, and stays put for pretty much as long as you want to be out in the water.
What's cool is that cos it absorbs into your skin you're able to head straight out for a post surf beer or whatever and not have to worry about looking all grease-ball or white-faced.
Happy to say it doesn't clog the pores, so no zits from it either. Although it's still a good idea to clean your face properly after your surf.
I've found the best way to get sunscreen off is actually to use coconut oil. Just grab a R20 tub of the stuff from Dischem or wherever, and then scoop a bit out and rub it well all over your face. It seems to lift all the sunscreen off your skin and into the coconut oil. Then all you do is wash normally afterwards with soap & water. Had to work that lil method out cos one of my other fave sunscreens is Bronzinc, but yoh, that stuff sticks to your face something crazy!
So there ya have it, SWOX sunscreen rocks. Tried and tested. Only hiccup is that it isn't stocked anywhere in PE (yet), so I got mine from the local SA SWOX rep who sent it down from Cape Town. But it's definitely worth the effort, it's good stuff. Mossel Bay ripper Shaun Joubert thinks so to - he's sponno'd by SWOX.
Want some? Get get hold of Alfred from SWOX SA on firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out the SWOX website <here> and their Facebook page <here>
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