Beauty SOS: Do Water-Resistant SPFs Work?

We decode one of the most common sun-cream dilemmas

The regular downpours of rain have put a dampener on the British summer so far, but for those escaping to warmer climates there is still the challenge of finding the right sun cream. With several different factors and various textures to choose from, shopping for SPF can be a minefield. For most, a high factor is the safest option and if it's water-resistant then it's even better – or is it?

Should you invest in a water-resistant sun cream this summer?

"I wouldn't recommend water-resistant SPFs," says Dr Walayat Hussain, a spokesperson for the British Association of Dermatologists. "The testing is two 20-minute submersions in water and if afterwards, there is 80 to 90 per cent of the SPF still on your skin, the formula counts as being water resistant." The testing doesn't take into account towel-drying yourself. Instead, Dr Hussain recommends reapplying your sun cream after going into the pool or the sea.

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Spray formulas that is lightweight and makes reapplication quick and easy. 

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