Sailor-Focused Skincare Brand Harken Derm Joins the US Sailing Team


BRISTOL, R.I. (July 07, 2021) – Harken Derm, the provider of professional high-performance sunscreen and skincare products, has joined the US Sailing Team as an Official Partner. Harken Derm will provide the athletes on the annually-selected U.S. Sailing Team (USST) with their full range of long-lasting protective and repair products, that have been specifically designed to thrive in the marine environment.  

“US Sailing Team athletes need the absolute best in UV protection, which is important not only for long-term skin health, but their performance on the racecourse,” said Dr. Edit Olasz Harken MD PhD, the co-founder of Harken Derm. “I’m thrilled to be partnering with the team, not only so that we can help protect the athletes, but so that they can be examples to sailors across the country of how to approach UV protection the right way.” 

Beyond UV protection, Harken Derm products provide additional features that are important for sailors. The sunscreen is highly water and sweat-resistant, keeping users protected for longer. The cream is also quick-drying and lacks the greasy and runny aspects of other brands. Additionally, it’s packed with antioxidants and hydrating ingredients that are vital to the skin repair process.

“Harken Derm is the best sunscreen product on the market and will be used by our sailors as we race and train around the world,” said Paul Cayard, Executive Director of U.S. Olympic Sailing. “We are grateful to Dr. Olasz Harken, who like her husband Peter Harken, has a longstanding history of supporting our program. This partnership is an example of how we are sourcing top-shelf performance technology to help our athletes race at their best.”  

Harken Derm products were designed in reaction to Dr. Olasz Harken’s personal experience treating skin cancer and other UV-related issues.  “Sailors are at high risk for early skin aging and skin cancer because they spend a lot of time in the sun,” said Dr. Olasz Harken. “Sailors often don’t use the appropriate sunscreen for the environments they are in. We set out to create Harken Derm sunscreen to fix this, and our two-product system follows our ‘Morning Protection and Evening Repair’ philosophy. Daytime protection is key, but it’s also important to allow nightly repair to help your skin recover.”


About Harken Derm 

Harken Derm is a professional skin care line founded by board-certified dermatologist Dr. Edit Olasz Harken and her husband Peter Harken. The mission of Harken Derm is to provide high-performance, professional quality and reef-safe solutions for sun protection and skin care for people in and on the water. Harken Derm was originally created for sailors as they have particularly high risk of skin cancer and early skin aging due to the triple threat of sun, wind and water. Harken Derm is proud of its two flag-ship products; a sunscreen and antioxidant skin repair lotion. 

The quick-drying Harken Derm Ultimate Shield Sunscreen offers maximum SPF 50 protection, 80-minute water resistance, contains only zinc oxide and titanium dioxide ultraviolet filters and devoid of chemical active ingredients that are proven to harm marine life. 

The Harken Derm Daily repair lotion was specifically formulated to mitigate sun damage and to restore the skin. Due to the benefits of its potent antioxidant and rich lipid content, Harken Derm Daily Repair Lotion is a required part of our Harken Derm Two-Step Solution to keep sailors’ skin healthy in the toughest conditions. Harken Derm is the official choice of the US Olympic Sailing Team, America’s Cup sailors and the International Optimist Dinghy Association. 

It’s time for SOS; Save our Sailors, Save our Skin, and Save our Seas.  

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About the US Sailing Team

The US Sailing Team is an annually-selected group of the top-performing male and female Olympic-class sailors in the United States. The team is managed by the United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for the sport of sailing and sailboat racing.  US Sailing helps these elite athletes with financial, logistical, coaching, technical, fitness, marketing and communications support, as well as by managing the U.S. athlete selection system for the sailing events of the Olympic Games. US Sailing Team sponsors include Primary Sponsor Kilroy Realty, Apparel Sponsor Helly Hansen, IR&D sponsors, Nimbix and Siemens, and Equipment Sponsors Harken, McLube, Marlow Ropes, Yeti, Oro Sports and Harken Derm. For more information, please visit 

About US Sailing
The United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for sailing, provides leadership, integrity, and advancement for the sport in the United States. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Bristol, Rhode Island, US Sailing is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. US Sailing offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country, including National Championships and the US Sailing Team. For more information, please visit 


US Sailing Team Contact – Olympic Games  

Will Ricketson   

Olympic Games Communications Lead   

+1 978 697 2384 (USA and overseas) 


US Sailing Team Contact – General Inquiries

Allison Chenard   

Media and Communications Coordinator