Several terms used to describe sunscreens were outlawed by the FDA in 1999, since they provided consumers a false sense of security. Sunscreen manufacturers who make any of the claims below are violating FDA laws meant to protect consumers.

“Waterproof” or "Sweat-proof”

No sunscreen can possibly be fully waterproof. All will wash off eventually.


No sunscreen blocks the sun entirely and only provides a relative measure of screening, which always results in some UV exposure.

“All day protection”

No sunscreen performs throughout the entire day, either washing away or photo-degrading (in the case of petrochemicals) to become less and less functional as a protection against UV rays. Besides violating labeling laws, use of these terms tends to increase rates of skin cancer and other sun-related health issues, since consumers assuming greater protection than actually received expose themselves to longer periods of UV damage.


Waxhead Sunscreens Significantly exceeds Very Water Resistant Standards

Four of our sunscreens are officially water-resistant. Our sport stick and field tin formulations are rated via FDA protocols for water resistance up to 80 minutes, the highest legally allowed rating.

Each passed the Very Water Resistant FDA test, which demands they perform to only 80% of the marketed SPF after 80 minutes of water exposure. The stick and tin sunscreens actually perform to 95+% of the rated SPF after such exposure, so you can feel very secure it’s working even after a long surf or swim session.

Please note: Our other sunscreens have not been tested by the FDA for water resistance. Our Vitamin D enhanced and our Baby Waxhead versions are both thick and long-lasting when exposed to water, but until we have them tested, we will not market them as water-resistant. Our other sunscreens are designed as "every day" sunscreens with lower water resistance levels.



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