Water resistant sunscreens must pass independent tests to prove they retain their stated SPF while swimming or sweating.
Labels must now state 40min or 80min water resistance. “Sweat-proof”,“Waterproof” & "sunblock" claims are no longer allowed by the FDA.
The FDA only allows the claims 'Water Resistant (40 min)' or 'Water Resistant (80 min)' to be used on sunscreens sold in the USA. 'Water Resistant Sunscreens' retain their stated SPF value after a certain time (either 40 or 80 minutes) in water or while sweating. The testing is conducted by an independent laboratory and involves application of sunscreen to a human subject's arm, submerging that arm in a jacuzzi, then measuring the SPF via usual testing procedures. If, after the submersion in hot bubbling water, the sunscreen still protects to the SPF written on the label, then the sunscreen can make a water-resistant claim.
Badger's sunscreen creams and sport sunscreens have a rich base of plant oils and beeswax and are naturally water resistant. All of Badger’s active sunscreen creams passed the 'Water Resistant (40 min)' test with flying colors. Our sunscreen sticks and Sport Sunscreen Cream passed the 80 minute test so we label them ‘Water Resistant (80 min)’. Additionally, our sunscreen creams also passed COLIPA's required water resistant sunscreen testing for the European Union. Click here to view our test results.
Note: Just because a sunscreen is labeled as 'water resistant: 40 minutes' does not mean that you can only stay in the water for 40 minutes. It simply means that after 40 minutes in the water you may start to see a decline in SPF protection, and you will need to reapply sunscreen to maintain its original SPF value. We always recommend that you reapply sunscreen every two hours or directly after swimming, sweating, or towel drying.
Waterproof sunblock and sweatproof sunblock: These terms are no longer allowed by the FDA because no sun protection product is completely water-proof or sweat-proof, and no product truly 'blocks' the sun. These terms were thought to be misleading and promising of a higher level of protection than they really offer.