Water resistant and Water proof sunscreens

What’s the Difference Between a water proof and a water resistant sunscreen?

sunscreen starfish glasses.jpg Though most of us wouldn’t think about spending a day at the beach without sunscreen, it can sometimes be a pain to reapply. So the lure of a “waterproof” formula is tough to resist. Sad fact though, is that waterproof doesn’t really mean waterproof; at least not in the way we might think waterproof to mean.

Since 2002, FDA regulations have required companies to eliminate the use of the word “waterproof” when referring to sunscreens because it is misleading. However, you’ll still come across sunscreens labelled as waterproof so be armed with the knowledge of what you are buying.

Advances in research allow us to formulate sunscreens that adhere well to your skin. However, regardless of the claims, you will have to reapply if you’re sweating heavily or doing activity in the water. Technically speaking, “waterproof” sunscreen should provide protection in the water for 80 minutes. “Water resistant”, on the other hand provides only 40 minutes of protection. Today, the label ‘very water-resistant’ has replaced the term ‘waterproof’ for the most part. That means that a “very water-resistant” sunscreen should be reapplied after 80 minutes if you’ve been sweating or swimming.

Top pick

Anthelios W 40 Gel 

Anthelios W SPF 40 Gel
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You’ll find that both Ombrelle and Anthelios (our Mexoryl based sunscreen lines) formulate a range of water resistant and/or waterproof sunscreens. My top pick is Anthelios W SPF 40 Gel, which is labeled as ‘highly water resistant’. It is in a gel formulation so goes on clear and unnoticeable on the skin.

There are other water resistant formulations to consider if you’re looking for something that will stand up to your rigorous activities.


 For kids. All these products are multi-resistant to sweat, water and sand
 anthelios dermo ped spf 50.jpg Anthelios Dermo Pediatrics Lotion SPF 50+
 anthelios xl spf 50+ spray.jpg Anthelios Dermo Pediatrics SPF 50 Spray

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 Anthelios S SPF 30 Cream, Spray SPF 30
 Anthelios XL Face Stick  Anthelios Stick SPF 60

ANthelios xl fluide extreme small

 Anthelios XL FLuide Extreme SPF 50+

Anthelios W 40 Gel

 Anthelios W SPF 40 Gel

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 Anthelios Spray SPF 40

Anthelios Creme Fondant 50+

Anthelios Creme SPF 50+ or Anthelios Tinted Creme SPF 50+
 Ombrelle Face Cream or Face Stick SPF 60
Ombrelle Kids SPF 30 and SPF 45
Ombrelle Sport Lotion SPF 30