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How to Keep Your Skin Healthy When Surfing

by Cristina Costea

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Surfers may have lots of fun, while in the water, but their skin isn’t too happy to be exposed to the sun and the salty water all the time.

Sunburn is painful and dangerous, the salty water dries up the hair and skin, inviting infection, all those wipeouts get your legs black and blue, not to mention various jelly fish stings and what not. Surfers need to take good care of their skin, as we all do and BookSurfCamps.com is here to give you some pointers on how to keep your skin healthy and happy.


Wear Sunscreen

This is the most important advice anyone can ever give a surfer. They’re out there in the sun all day long and their skin needs constant protection. Without sunscreen, you burn, and in time cancer can set in, because the sun is the number one cause of skin cancer.

What a lot of people don’t know is that sunscreen needs to be reapplied at least every two hours, depending on the sunscreen, as some brands are more stable than others and need. If you’ve gotten wet, then as soon as you’re on dry land, you will need to reapply your sunscreen. Another mistake that people seem to be making often when it comes to sunscreen is that they don’t apply enough of it. Be generous, an average-sized person needs about the amount of sunscreen that can fit inside a shot glass!


Don’t Rely on Sunscreen Alone for Protection

Sun screen is your number one tool against the sun, but so is your wetsuit! Use a long-sleeved wetsuit, even if you’re in warm waters, as it will protect your arms against the harmful rays of the sun. There are so many out there designed to be worn in warm weathers, so make sure to pick one that suits your style. Nobody said you can’t be trendy and safe!


Nourish Your Skin After a Session

You get home, take a shower and chill after your surf session. That’s about it, right? Well, you might be missing an important step that could make the difference between good skin and great skin: hydration! We recommend you ditch the store bought lotion and use oils instead. Coconut oil is a true miracle worker for all types of skin, and so is sweet almost oil. If your skin is dry, try using Shea butter or avocado oil and if you have oily skin, jojoba oil and grape seed oil are perfect. For best results, apply on wet skin, while still in the shower!

healthy skin tips

Here are some more tips on keeping your skin in good health:

  • Wear natural fibers. You’re in a wetsuit all day long, so when you’re not on the beach, try wearing natural fibers, such as cotton, hemp or linen. They let your skin breathe, absorb moisture and feel great against your skin.
  • Exfoliate your skin. Once a week, exfoliate your skin in the shower with store-bought products or stuff you have in your pantry, such as coffee grounds or brown sugar. It gets rid of dead skin cells and keeps it looking radiant.
  • Drink lots of water. We keep hearing this piece of advice left and right, and it’s because it’s important!  
  • Have fun! Our general well being gets reflected in our skin. So if we’re down, our skin can’t look too pretty. Our advice is to book yourself a spot on a surf camp and have the time of your life! 

How about you show off your beautiful, healthy skin on a surf camp in Africa? We hear the sunsets and the barrels are astonishing! 

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