Water-resistant vs. Waterproof Sunscreen

By Stef Crowley-Clough

What is the difference between water-resistant and waterproof sunscreen?

Firstly, there is no such thing as waterproof sunscreen.

So let’s start by explaining what ‘water-resistant sunscreen’ means & how it is determined…

Water-resistance is measured by determining the SPF of the product after it has been in the water for the period of time claimed (on the product).

Meaning that if a product claims 2 hours water-resistant, it has been tested to still have the same SPF protection after the product was applied to the skin and immersed in water for 2 hours.

It is important to note that heavy sweating or towel drying can affect a product's effectiveness & water resistance time, so we always recommend re-applying regularly in these circumstances.

The maximum water-resistant claim period of 4 hours is only allowed for products which have SPFs of 30+ or more after immersion in water.

Click here to read our sunscreen guide!

So how do you pick the best sunscreen to keep your skin protected when you're in and out of the water?

Choose SPF 50+ Broad Spectrum.

This may be biased but We Are Feel Good Inc. sunscreens are the best, don’t take our word for it click here to see our product reviews… oh and here are some fun facts:

Our sunscreens have been tested in the harshest of climates on real people and are TGA approved.

Our sunscreens are also SPF 50+ broad-spectrum UVA & UVB protection, preservative-free and PABA free!

Then there are the skin-loving ingredients, like aloe vera & vitamin e, we’ve added to make sure your skin is not only protected but also nourished and moisturised.

If you are spending hours at a time in the water, we recommend our Sticky Zinc!

Our Sticky Zinc contains Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), an essential vitamin for many of your body’s vital internal functions, it is also a must-have in any good skincare regime. Niacinamide boosts skins immunity, improves epidermal barrier function and helps to increase ceramides in the skin, essential for keeping the skin barrier strong and preventing environmental damage.

Sticky Zinc

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