Ben Steward decided to get into the sunscreen business not long after a good friend died of skin cancer, at the tragically young age of 33. And in fairly short order, the New Zealand native created Golfersskin, which is now being used by more than 200 players on the top professional tours.
Golfersskin is made in New Zealand, which Steward said has much stricter regulations in regard to sunscreen than most other countries due to the very quick burn rate there. And he asserts that his product offers total UVA/UVB broad-spectrum protection with an SPF of 30.
“That in and of itself is very important,” he says. “But what makes Golfersskin really good is the way we have removed all non-essential oils from the formula. It’s free of all the nasties, which means it is not greasy and won’t run into your eyes, no matter how much you sweat. Nor will it interfere with your grip.”
In addition, Steward says that Golfersskin nourishes skin with aloe vera and UMF 18 Manuka honey, which is unique to New Zealand and is touted for its anti-bacterial and antioxidant benefits. The honey is also known for assisting the body’s ability to hydrate and has been used to treat skin conditions and even to provide burn relief.
Steward’s company is based in Bend, Ore., and he believes the wide usage of his product by pro golfers speaks to its effectiveness.
“You have to believe that those players have tried every sunscreen product on the market,” he says. “And now, we have more than 200 of them using ours, week in and week out. There must be something to it.”
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