May 03, 2019

Believe it or not, the FDA no longer allows sunscreens to label their products as waterproof or sweatproof. Unfortunately, no sunscreen is completely waterproof, and these misleading claims have lead people to believe that they are getting more coverage and sun protection than they actually are. The new standard for sunscreen products is to be labeled as water resistant or sweat resistant. The good news is that there are sunscreen products available that are water resistant for up to 240 minutes (80 minutes is most common) and are still cruelty-free for animal lovers.

How Water Resistant are They?

In order to profess water-resistant status, the sunscreen must pass a test to prove they maintained their SPF levels after being exposed to water or sweat. The FDA only allows claims of water resistance for 40 minutes or 80 minutes, and those sunscreens have to keep their SPF levels after exposure in a hot jacuzzi. This means that after 40 or 80 minutes in the water, the level of protection you receive from your sunscreen will begin to decrease. It is recommended that you reapply sunscreen every two hours if you plan to stay outside that long, or sooner after swimming, sweating, or towel drying.

Some sunscreen companies in Australia report passing a 240-minute water resistant test, and only a few companies in the US have been able to meet that standard. TropicSport’s SPF 30 is one of these few, and they also have an entire line ofnatural and eco-friendly sunscreens currently available.

Chemical-Free & Cruelty-Free Sunscreen

Sometimes we have to sacrifice one positive characteristic in order to make room for another. Deciding which is more important can be a challenge when both seem to be highly important. For example, when choosing a sunscreen, should you look for something water resistant that will protect your skin from damaging ultraviolet radiation? Or should you choose a product that is free from harmful chemicals and is not tested on animals?

Fortunately, in this case, it is possible to have both. TropicSport is made with eco-friendly ingredients like non-nano titanium dioxide and zinc oxide for broad-spectrum protection, even when wet. This means you’ll be safe from both UVA and UVB rays while you swim or workout outside, and you won’t be exposed to any scary chemicals. All of our sunscreens are paraben-free, oxybenzone-free, octinoxate-free, avobenzone-free, and octocrylene-free. And rest assured, we never use animals to test our products, resulting in high-quality, cruelty-free sunscreen for our consumers.

Best Application Practices

One common reason that people continue to suffer from sunburned or damaged skin is that they don’t apply their sunscreen properly. Follow the tips below for more effective protection from UV rays both in and out of the water.

  • Use an SPF of at least 15, preferably 30.
  • Use enough sunscreen to fill a shot glass, and apply it liberally anywhere the sun hits.
  • Reapply every two hours, or after swimming, sweating, or using a towel.
  • Apply sunscreen 20-30 minutesbefore going outside to allow time for activation.
  • Avoid spending too much time outdoors between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm when the sun is highest.
  • Utilize hats, clothing, shade, and umbrellas for extra coverage.

Learn more from TropicSport about proper sunscreen application, how sunscreen works, and other interestingsunscreen quick facts.

Sunscreen & Daily Skin Care

Sunscreen should be a part of your routine on a daily basis, even during the winter. Sunlight can still cause damage to the skin when there is cloud cover. It can also reach you through glass windows or reflect off of snow and bounce back, hitting you twice! For best results, wear sunscreen under your makeup and don’t rely on cosmetics and moisturizers for sun protection. With these items, it is rare to use enough product to adequately cover your skin. You should be using a dollop of sunscreen the size of a nickel for your face alone.

In addition to amazing cruelty-free sunscreen products, TropicSport has acollection of natural skin care products for your face and body. That way you can be sure all your skin is taken care of with chemical-free moisturizers, lotions, cleansers, and scrubs for everything from your face to your toes. Check out TropicSport today to find your new favorite cruelty-free sunscreen and more.

Pallavi Ramamurthy
Pallavi Ramamurthy

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