Advertisement

How effective are water resistant sunscreens?

Amy K. Kim, MD
Dermatology
Water resistant sunscreens are just as good. I think they got a little bit stricter with labels for water resistant because people, again, were not reapplying. In general, a lot of the water resistant sunscreens can give you about 60-80 minutes in the water. What you have to look for in those products, because they are water resistant, they tend to feel a little more greasy and ointment based. They work just as well, but the cosmetic feeling might not be as appealing to the consumer.

Continue Learning about Choosing The Right Sunscreen

How to Choose the Best Sunscreen for You in Hawaii
How to Choose the Best Sunscreen for You in Hawaii
Sunscreen is a good idea all year round in Hawaii, and you know it’s important to lotion up to protect your skin. But with the passage of SB2571, Hawa...
Read More
How should I choose a sunscreen for my child?
Phillip J. Landrigan, MDPhillip J. Landrigan, MD
When selecting sunscreens to use on your child, be sure to choose one that is SPF 15 or higher, ...
More Answers
What kind of sunscreen should a swimmer get?
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MDDr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Sunscreen manufacturers are no longer allowed to called their products waterproof, but that does...
More Answers
What Should I Know About Using Sunscreen If I Have Psoriasis?
What Should I Know About Using Sunscreen If I Have Psoriasis?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.