What makes sunscreen water resistant?
For a lot of people, comparing sunscreens can get complicated: there’s a lot of information on the label. In the end, you just want to get the right product to maximally protect your skin from the UV rays. When shopping for sun protection, you should always look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a SPF 30 or greater. If you intend on doing activities involving sweating or getting wet, you should also consider a water-resistant sun protection. While choosing the best waterproof sunscreen is important, it is also essential to know how to use it. The label will display a certain time (40 or 80 minutes), which is an indication of how long the sunscreen will be protecting you from the sun. It doesn’t mean that you can only swim for 40 or 80 minutes. It means that after 40 or 80 minutes in the water (or sweating), you should reapply sunscreen. After this time, the product might lose its effect and you’ll be exposed to an increased risk of sun damage. Even the best waterproof sunscreen won’t protect you longer than a regular SPF 50 sunscreen. If we usually recommend reapplying sunscreen every 2 hours, that applies for dry use. To stay fully protected, reapply the sunscreen after swimming, sweating or towel drying (even if it hasn’t been 2 hours). Make sure to apply the sun protection at least 15 minutes before going outside. When browsing through different sunscreens, always look for mineral ingredients such as titanium dioxide or zinc dioxide. We recommend trying Ombrelle 100% Mineral SPF 50+ sunscreen. This sun protection lotion is formulated with natural UV filters for sensitive skin and is hypoallergenic. You can expect a maximum protection of 80 minutes under water. For sportive people, we recommend Ombrelle Sport Endurance SPF 50+, a non-greasy lotion that offers a very high sun protection, even on wet skin.