Saturday, April 19th, 2008

SPF30+ and Water Resistant | This is a look at some of the products available with SPF30 or higher that are marketed as water-resistant. Remember that water-resistant doesn’t mean you can swim for six hours and not worry about it! Re-application is crucial. If you’re in the water for more than 30-45 minutes, you’ll likely need to re-apply for maximum protection.

MD Skincare Powerful Sun Protection SPF 45 ($42.00) contains:

  • Oxybenzone (s-UVA)
  • Octinoxate (UVB)
  • Octisalate (UVB)
  • Zinc Oxide (UVA)

Korres Watermelon Sunscreen Face Cream SPF 30 ($28.00) contains:

  • Octocrylene (UVB)
  • Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (UVB)
  • Titanium dioxide (s-UVA)
  • Zinc Oxide (UVA)

Clinique UV-Response Face SPF 50 ($15.50) contains:

  • Homosalate 10% (UVB)
  • Octinoxate 7.5% (UVB)
  • Oxybenzone 5.0% (s-UVA)
  • Octisalate 5% (UVB)
  • Avobenzone 3% (UVA)

Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream for Face SPF 55 PA+++ ($33.00) contains:

  • Octinoxate 7.4% (UVB)
  • Zinc Oxide 13.9% (UVA)

Dermalogica super sensitive faceblock spf30 ($45.00)

  • Titanium dioxide 6.7% (UVB/s-UVA)
  • Zinc Oxide 9.2% (UVA)

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9 thoughts on “Sunscreen 101: Water Resistant SPF 30

  1. Sovann

    Thank you so much for this post Christine!!!

  2. Oh man… so many products… is there any way you can tell us which you find most effective? Or is your favorite? I have no idea what to choose, or to leave the new one I just started using: Murad Pomegranate SPF 15

    • I am definitely with u MariahGem,i also really donno wot to choose and viceversa,HELP US CRISTINE,911!!


    • To be honest, I haven’t tried the majority of the sunscreens I’ve listed–I more or less went through high end brands looking to show readers which products had good protection in general. I have tried Shiseido and Dermalogica’s–I like both. I definitely use Shiseido for my beach going days for sure. I opt for SPF30+ when I’m going to be outside, because it does last longer regardless, but I’d definitely use SPF15 for days going to school or the office. A lot of SPF30+ products cost more than SPF15, so you can always keep your SPF15 for those indoor days.

  3. Sidney Allen

    I picked up the MD Skincare SPF 45 at Nordstrom before a trip to Mexico and I LOVE it! It comes out of the tube really thick and I was a little freaked out that I would have a chalky skin situation but it disappeared into my skin really fast. AND it’s oil free so I used it on my entire body and my face. The formula really worked — no burns even under the Mexican sun!

  4. what do you think of aveeno? Is it effective?