There is No Such Thing as Waterproof Sunscreen

Beginning soon, sunscreen manufacturers will no longer be able to use misleading words such as “waterproof” or “sweatproof.”

Have you ever applied a waterproof sunscreen, gone for a swim or a jog, and ended up with a sunburn? That’s because there is no such thing as “waterproof” sunscreen; it’s a misleading term that overstates the product’s effectiveness, and the FDA is putting a stop to it.

Beginning soon, sunscreen manufacturers will no longer be able to use the words “waterproof” or “sweatproof” on their products. Instead, they will be labeled “water-resistant” and specify either 40 or 80 minutes of protection. Moreover, if sunscreens are not water-resistant, they will have to carry a warning stating so.

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4 thoughts on “There is No Such Thing as Waterproof Sunscreen”

  1. What do you think about Invisible Zinc’s 4-hour sunscreen and P20? I have used both in extreme sun while snorkling all day and not had any problems.

  2. Very interesting! Never realized that using “waterproof” could actually be an overstatement. Why is this only with sunscreen? There are more products which state that are “waterproof”…

  3. Thanks, Puistjes. There many other products that are really waterproof. Sunscreen just isn’t one of them.

  4. Jessica, I like sunscreen that have zinc. I’m glad it works well for you. For most people, it’s best to reapply ever hour or two when in the water.

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