Water Resistant Sunscreen: The Ultimate Guide

Along with summers come many adventurous activities, holidays, lazy days, pool, and beach vacations. Everyone loves sitting near water bodies in summer. Today, everyone is getting more and more aware of the importance of SPF in their skincare routine. With the rising temperature, this scorching heat brings a lot of sunburn, tan, and skin damage. Today, everyone is talking about how important it is to protect your skin against skin damage. These harmful rays damage the skin even more around water bodies and pools. Well, worry not. Water resistant sunscreen got your back.

In this blog, we will dive into water resistant sunscreen and try to understand how they work. From lazy pool days to beach summer vacation, water resistant sunscreen will ensure you stay protected from all the harmful UV rays, allowing you to enjoy your summers to the fullest.

What makes a sunscreen water resistant?

There are two types of sunscreen available: Chemical Sunscreen and Mineral Sunscreen. Physical sunscreen consists of minerals that only sit on the top of the skin, reflecting the UV rays away from the body. The active ingredients in a mineral sunscreen are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which do not absorb into the skin.

Chemical sunscreen absorbs the top layer of the skin, absorbs the UV rays, and does not let them penetrate further into the skin. Most water resistant sunscreens are chemical sunscreens only. The effectiveness of a sunscreen depends on its active ingredients. Chemical sunscreen contains chemical filters like avobenzone, octinoxate, and octocrylene, which absorb UV rays.

These ingredients are not waterproof, so they will slip off the skin when in contact with water. Along with that, these ingredients also cause pollution in the water body. Water-resistant sunscreens contain additional ingredients like Cetyl Octanoate and these active chemical filters, making them water resistant. These grip onto the skin and do not allow sunscreen to slide even in water. Since these ingredients are insoluble, they do not pollute the water. These ingredients form a film over the skin and repel water called hydrophobic. 

Why should you use a water resistant sunscreen?

  1. Long duration of sun exposure: While sitting on the beach, playing in the pool, surfing, and doing other water activities, sun exposure increases the risk of sunburn, tanning, and skin damage. Water-resistant sunscreens help you protect yourself entirely from harmful UV rays so you can enjoy your pool vacations without worrying about sun damage. 

  2. Sweat resistance: Summer, along with it, brings a lot of heat and sweat. Physical activities and exposure to the sun can cause a lot of sweat, causing regular sunscreen to come off. Here is when water resistant sunscreen comes to the rescue. These are sweat-resistant and remain intact on your skin when you sweat, making it perfect for athletes and sports enthusiasts.

  3. Comprehensive protection: Research shows that UV rays can penetrate water; thus, the risk of damage is still there when submerged in water. Water-resistant sunscreen creates a barrier on your skin, therefore protecting your skin from sun damage, even when swimming or underwater.  

Which water resistant sunscreen to use? 

Selecting the right sunscreen is very important. The SPF factor is the main thing to remember while buying sunscreen. For outdoors, where the sun exposure is high, it is best to use sunscreen with an SPF of 50 or 60. Ensure that your sunscreen provides broad spectrum protection from UV A and UV B rays. Light Up Beauty's Gold Rush Vitamin C Sunscreen has SPF 60 with PA++++, protecting you against UV A, UV B, Infrared rays, and blue light. It has more than 6 UV filters, which ensures complete protection against sun damage.

It is water and sweat resistant and protects for about 8 hours. Its lightweight, non-sticky texture absorbs into the skin in just 3 seconds. It has no white cast and is suitable for all skin types. That's not it. It is India's first-ever sunscreen with a Gold standard of Vitamin C. It contains THD Ascorbate, the gold standard of Vitamin C, and 1% ceramides. THD Ascorbate is an oil-soluble form of Vitamin C. Since most of our skin is made up of lipids, fats, and oils, THD ascorbate, being oil soluble, can penetrate the skin 3X faster than any other Vitamin C.

THD ascorbate after penetrating in the skin gets converted to Ascorbic acid which provides all the benefits of Vitamin C. Since THD Ascorbate is not a direct acid, it is even suitable for sensitive skin. It is less likely to irritate the skin barrier. Studies have shown that THD Ascorbate effectively reduces hyperpigmentation, even in cases of melasma. THD Ascorbate is a much more stable molecule than L- Ascorbic Acid, degrading much slower than the other Vitamin C available.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps reduce damage caused by free radicals, dark spots, and hyperpigmentation.

It also contains 1% ceramides, which help to provide hydration and repair the skin barrier. This sunscreen is one of its kind, and it checks all the boxes an ideal sunscreen should. Light Up Beauty brings you the International standard quality in the Indian market at just Rs. 499. 


Wearing sunscreen to protect your skin from sun damage and cancer is essential today. You can enjoy your vacation without worry by choosing the correct formulation for yourself. Investing in a high-quality, water-resistant sunscreen protects you from sun damage outdoors and even underwater. So whether you are someone who loves to swim, sweat it all out, is a beach baby, loves to spend their vacation alongside a pool, or loves sunbathing to get that beautiful vacation tan, remember to apply a broad spectrum sunscreen.

And remember, don't just stop at your face or neck; cover all the body parts exposed to the sun and reapply every 2 to 3 hours. So next time, before heading out, remember to wear your SPF. Your skin will thank you for it!