No B.S. Review
As surfers, we sit and play on a giant mirror that reflects and magnifies the worst and most damaging effects of the sun. I am always on the lookout for products that will help me and my fellow watermen/women and kids stay safe. With this in mind, and after a ton of reader requests, I reached out to our friends at Watermans Applied Sciences to see what solutions they had to offer and what all the hype was about.
For the purpose of this review Watermans sent out a sample package of all of their most popular sunscreen products. Included was:
Lip Balm – This very water resistant formula, fortified with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E, helps protect and heal your lips from the effects of a life in the sun. Safe for daily use. Apply wet or dry. Menthol, camphor and phenol free.
Face Sticks – For those who like see their protection first hand, both the Skin Tone and Micro White Face Sticks offer the quality and performance you expect from WATERMANS with the hands free application of a stick. The non-greasy, lightweight formula is slightly tinted to provide the piece of mind that comes with knowing that you are completely protected.
Sun Cream – For those shorter sessions or overcast days when you don't need much. A cosmetic grade, non-slip, zero migration, long lasting protection. It will not run in your eyes or negatively affect your performance.
Tactical Packs – Every pack is filled with one full dose of Watermans legendary formula Sun Creams
We tested these products over a few months in varing conditions and locals. We also shared them with friends and fellow surfers/beachgoers to hear their thoughts and comments. The results were incredibly positive and I agree that Watermans is putting out a superior product and think they will be around for many years to come.
The Lip Balms had a great taste without being too overpowering and they have real lasting power. With the cold weather that comes with this time of year, chapped lips are a common occurrence but I can honestly say that I haven't had one case since I started using this lip balm! I usually only have to apply it once or twice a day for all day protection. I can't say that I've had too many issues with my lips getting sun burnt in the past but just knowing that I had some protection from the sun and the cold gives me some added confidence when braving the elements. My wife said it also softened my lips up…it worked so well, she ended up stealing the stick from me! She wears it daily and doesn't leave home without it.
The Face Stick was actually my favorite product of the bunch. It operates like a big chap stick and it's user friendliness and size makes it perfect for travel or daily use. It comes in white and tinted and both leave a slight contrasting color on your skin so you can see where you have or need coverage. It goes on super smooth and glides across your skin like silk. I only applied it to my face (mostly my cheeks, nose, ears, and forehead) but I found that it stayed on nearly all day in the water and a simple swipe of the towel once on shore got enough off to not look two tone. Soap and water finished the job nicely once home. Areas I applied the stick to were the least affected by the sun and it actually made my skin feel smoother! I use the face stick with almost every session.
The Sun Cream is the all rounder and real work horse of the bunch. It is a cosmetic grade cream that provides the same great protection Waterman is known for in a very easy to apply formula. It is complimented by a simple one touch dispenser that supplies the control and power to get the perfect and maximum amount of
protection out of each can. On the days I don't need the face stick I use this and I found it to be just as water resistant. However, it is not tinted like the stick so you have to pay attention to where you have applied it. Mom's loved this for the kids and all wanted to know where to get more!
The Tactical Packs store a generous dose of Watermans' signature Sun Cream mentioned above in an ultra portable and disposable packets. This is my on the go solution as well as my backup plan.
All of the Watermans series creams and sticks performed great and exceeded my expectations. I would highly suggest them to any surfer, watersport enthusiast, or sun lover. For under $20 bucks you can have some of the best sun protection on the market and save yourself from some gnarly issues in the future which will in turn, will keep you surfing that much longer! Invest now and take care of your skin!!!! Check out Watermans entire line up of advanced skincare products and educational info at: www.watermansappliedscience.com. As always, thanks for reading and be sure to tell a friend…The packets fit in any board bag, glove box, or pocket and offer enough sunscreen for you and any of your mates.