Every surfer knows that sun and salt water can wreak havoc on skin. Waterproof sunscreen is an essential part of most surfer’s toolkits, and many surfers also use moisturizers for face and body after-care. However, one area that often gets overlooked is the lips, which is surprising seeing as how this area gets just as much sun as the rest of the face. A good lip balm can nourish, replenish, and protect parched lips, making it the ideal product to use before and after hitting the swells.
Lips and Sun Damage
These days, most surfers slather themselves with sunscreen before hitting the water because being out on the water gives you a double dose of UV rays with the sun beating down from above and reflecting back up at you from the surface of the water. Unfortunately, the lips often get neglected. This is understandable considering sunscreen typically doesn’t taste great, nor does it stay on the lips for very long after application. Yet, the lips are one of the most highly exposed areas when it comes to UV rays.
Lip sunburns may not be as noticeable as sunburns on other parts of the body, but the effects can be just as damaging. Short term effects can include redness, swelling, peeling, and cracking. Over time, consistent sun exposure can lead to fine lines on and around the lips, as well as unsightly sun spots. In the worse-case scenario, sun exposure can lead to various forms of skin cancer.
How Bali Balm Can Help Surfers
Bali Balm is a lifesaver for surfers because it helps to moisturise the lips and alleviate irritations caused by sunburns. Made with all-natural, cruelty-free ingredients, the balms contain healthy oils and botanical extracts that are known for their nourishing benefits for skin. When used after a day out on the swells, the lip balms have a hydrating and soothing effect, and they are also rich in antioxidants, which can protect against further damage from environmental stressors.
Does Bali Balm Contain SPF?
Bali Balm products are made only with all-natural ingredients, so they do not contain chemical sun protection filters. Therefore, they are not marketed in the sun protection range. However, many studies have shown that certain natural oils may be effective in protecting skin against UV rays including coconut oil, which is a key component in Bali Balm lip balms. For the ultimate protection against UV rays while surfing, we suggest using Bali Balm lip balms as well as a waterproof SPF for the lips.
Happy surfing !