Review of Sun Bum Sunscreen

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If you're a regular surfer, you know the kind of abuse that a day at the beach can wreak on your skin. You love to surf for hours, sitting out in the bright sun with the water glistening. Unfortunately, skin care is important to protect your skin from harsh rays and rough conditions. This is a review of Sun Bum sunscreen that will keep your skin protected no matter how many waves you catch - or don't.

According to, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in America. Every year, there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidences of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung, and colon. The prevalence of skin cancer is rising each year as one in five Americans will develop the deadly disease in the course of a lifetime. Even if you're not a diehard surfer, anyone can be exposed to the sun's harmful rays.

Sunscreen is a Must for Surfers

That's where Sun Bum sunscreen comes in. It is a brand of sun protection formulated right in the sunny tourist mecca and home to the greatest surfers of all time - Cocoa Beach, Florida. If you’ve never been to Central Florida, you know how strong the sun can be all year long. Sun Bum makes an “all natural” line of sun screen, lip balms and skin therapy lotions.

According to one in-depth review of Sun Bum's products, one user tried all of them under the flaming Florida sunshine for a few days of surfing. One surfer skipped using a rashguard and instead slathered the Sun Bum Pro cream on his or her back and shoulders, and then used the face stick on his or her face.


First, impression: nice smell and absorbs completely. Usually, I use water resistant SPF 50 sunscreen, but since the Sun Bum I had was an SPF 30, I was ready for a bit of a burn. At the end of the first dawn session, I was still clear of burn. I re-applied for the late afternoon and then repeated the application the following day. After two days of surfing under some pretty intense tropical UV action in and out of the water, I would guess I put in some 12 hours of sun exposure using nothing but Sun Bum sunscreen products.

That said, I headed home at the end of the second day of the review with some more color on my skin for sure, but no burn. The “cool down” aloe vera lotion was nice for some skin healing after a hot shower; however, I found it pretty greasy on my fingers. Actually, my computer keys are getting shiny as I type this review, but it does smell amazing and feels super duper smooth and therapeutic on the old epidermis.​

Sun Bum makes a solid product. I tried the lotion, face stick, lip balm, and “cool down” body oil; and they all offered effective protection even after several hours surfing under the hot sun. Plus, all the products smelled really nice…like a vacation or a fruity drink. Would I use Sun Bum again? Sure enough, but I would prefer their endurance sunscreen with a higher SPF for the amount of time I spend in the water. Sun Bum also offers SPF 50.