An often-overlooked facet of traveling is having the absolute best sunscreen money can buy. And folks, that’s a shame! Treating your skin right is a good idea cosmetically (sun can cause some serious aging), but sunburns are more than just skin-deep. First and foremost, wearing sunscreen can help you avoid skin cancer, something that can be lethal. It can also help you avoid heat stroke and heat exhaustion (although you’ll want to drink plenty of water as well, for your information). Plus, sunburns freakin’ hurt! So, let’s take a look at some of the best sunscreens out there so you know what to toss in your bag next time you’re on a cruise.
Sun Bum is a pretty popular company, and for good reasons. They have a ton of options available, so whether you prefer spray or lotion, you’re bound to find something that suits you. One of the best products they offer is an SPF 70 lotion that is perfect for cruises. It’s water-resistant, meaning it works just as well whether you’re on deck playing in the pool or at port playing in the ocean. While you’re at it, grab some SPF 30 lip balm to make sure your kisser doesn’t dry out too much, because that’s no fun. Plus, so many flavors to choose from!
Stream2Sea’s product line by itself isn’t too remarkable. They offer four kinds of sunscreen: an SPF 30 for your body, an SPF 30 with tint, an SPF 20 for face and body and an SPF 20 with tint. So why highlight this company, you may ask? Well, it’s for their incredible dedication to being eco-friendly. They recently received a hard-earned Protect Land and Sea Certification, an award that basically means they don’t use any ingredients that hurt ocean flora and fauna. Their founder, Autumn Blum, stated that their first product “failed aquatic toxicity testing,” forcing them to go back to the drawing board and work even harder. Now, it’s pretty much the most guilt-free sunscreen out there. If you care about the environments you’re exploring on your cruise (and you should!), check these guys out.
Their products may not have the glamour of other brands like Kiehl, but they’re the real deal. We recommend the Bullfrog Water Sport with Water Armor TECH Lotion SPF 50 (a mouthful). It’s non-greasy, filled with antioxidants and highly water-resistant. It comes in a spray as well, if that’s more your thing. This sunscreen is specifically designed for water sports, but will treat you well whether you’re getting wet or just chilling and staying dry. Those who have used it on cruises give great reviews and are big fans.
If you want to avoid sunburn, choosing sunscreen is important. These products are great, but make sure to look out for products that suit you. Whether that means buying something with a very high SPF rating or lotion that’s fit for sensitive skin, make sure you know what you’re getting into before heading out for a vacation cruise!