The Sunscreens Surfers Swear By Are NOT What You'd Expect

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Surfers might be protective of their turf, but they're more than willing to share their best beauty tips. And, lucky for us, these super-athletes (who endure heat, salt, sand, sweat, and 40-foot waves) have got a lot of them.
We've reported on the hair products that they swear by for naturally tousled, beachy waves. (Hint: It's not salt spray.) And now, our favorite female pro surfers are dishing the skin-care regimes that keep their faces and bodies from frying as they tear up the tides — including the SPF formulas that actually hold up.
We talked to eight surfing pros for the low-down on the tried-and-true sunscreens that will stay on skin all day, and won’t clog your pores. So even if you’re just lounging in your beach chair, at least your skin protection will be as badass as those hanging ten.
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Surfer: Alessa Quizon
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"Some sunscreens can turn white on you, and I don't really like that look," says Quizon. "The deep tint of this formula matches my skin tone—and it actually makes me look more bronze, which is a plus."

She also trusts Clarins Body Lotion for healing her dry skin when she's out of the water.

Clarins UV PLUS Anti-Pollution Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Tinted Sunscreen Multi-Protection, $45, available at Clarins.
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Surfer: Courtney Conlogue
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Conlogue's pick for waterproof sunscreen is from SurfMud, an all-natural, organic beauty brand. She tells us, "It goes on looking like a foundation — plus, it withstands the ocean waves and keeps me from getting burnt."

To save her skin after a long day on the board, Conlogue loves bathing in Epsom Salts and lathering on Vaseline's Intensive Care Body Lotion.

Surfmud Natural Zinc: Tinted Covering Cream, $19.95, available at Surfmud.
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Surfer: Felicity Palmateer
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Also a proponent of all-natural sunscreen, the surfer, blogger, and ocean activist raves about Australian brand, UV Natural. She tells Refinery29: "It's amazing — and it's all organic. I'm really particular, and I seriously won't wear any other sunscreen."

Palmateer keeps it all-natural out of the water too, using Kopari's coconut oil on her skin and hair.

UV Natural Sunscreen SPF 30+, $34.10, available at UV Natural.
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Surfer: Lauren Hill
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"I use a lot of Shiseido sunscreen," says Hill. "The brand has BB creams and moisturizers that are high in SPF. Before hitting the water, I always brush on the compact foundation — it's a powder formulated with zinc."

Post-surf, the Australian surfer believes in a good facial-cleansing routine, including Origin's black charcoal mask. Plus she tells us, she uses Blistex to combat chapped, beach-worn lips.

Shiseido UV Protective Compact Foundation, $28, available at Sephora.
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Surfer: Ellie-Jean Coffey
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Since she began surfing at eleven, Coffey has trusted Ella Baché Sanguard Foundation with built-in SPF. She raves, "I can honestly say I have never been sunburnt from this amazing product. It contains a powerful selection of super-fruit antioxidants to help protect against aging skin."

She also tells us she slathers on Burt's Bee's lip balm about seven times a day.

Ella Baché Sunguard 40 Foundation, $48, available exclusively in Australia at Ella Baché.
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Surfer: Holly-Daze Coffey
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The other Coffey sister also swears by the Ella Baché foundation + sunscreen. The surfing pro also tells us that if she wants a bronze glow, without any sun damage, she'll use the Loving Tan Self-Tanning Mouse.

Ella Baché Sunguard 40 Foundation, $48, available exclusively in Australia at Ella Baché.
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Surfer: Imani Wilmot
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"When I use sunscreen, I always use SunBum on my face and body," says Wilmont. "It's long-lasting, so it can survive an entire surf sesh, and they have a special formula for the little ones called BabyBum."

Sun Bum Sunscreeen Lotion SPF 50, $15.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
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Surfer: Coco Ho
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"I use Shiseido Urban Environment Tinted UV Protecter for my face," Ho tells us. "It’s oil free, SPF 43, and very water resistant. I love how it feels on my skin — not drying out at all!"

When she's out of the sun, the surfer trusts Sheseido Cleansing Oil to clear out her pores and let her skin breathe.

Shiseido Urban Environment' Tinted UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 43, $33, available at Nordstrom.
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