Save Your Swim

“I wear sunscreen, but I’m not sure about waterproof products. Are they truly useful? If I get in the ocean or pool, how much time do I have before I need to reapply?”

Dawn, cookbook author in Brooklyn, New York

The derm says: “One of the key terms to look for on the label is ‘water-resistant.’ This means the product’s SPF will be maintained whether you’re in or out of the water. Some are water-resistant for up to 40 minutes, and others for up to 80 minutes. You still have to reapply, but this offers adequate sun protection if you are engaging in water activities. As annoying as it may be, it’s a good habit–and the most effective method of protection– to reapply every time you get out of the water.”

Tiffany Libby, MD

A good one: Coppertone Sport Clear SPF 50, $8;

Published by Zakieh Amer

I'm a housewife, and mother of a 6 year old dog. I don't have kids.

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