SolRx Sunscreen Blog
Sport sunscreen vs. regular sunscreen. It’s a common comparison that can carries some misconceptions.
In short, there are many characteristics that define sport sunscreen vs. regular sunscreen. Sport sunscreen offers enduring SPF protection compared to most regular sunscreens. But that’s not all. Below are a few more reasons why you might want consider sport sunscreen over regular sunscreen products.
Not All Regular Sunscreens Offer Broad-Spectrum Protection
There are two primary types of UV light that can harm your skin — UVA and UVB. A broad-spectrum sunscreen protects you from both. According to Mayo Clinic:
“UVA rays can prematurely age your skin, causing wrinkling and age spots. UVB rays can burn your skin. Too much exposure to UVA or UVB rays can cause skin cancer. The best sunscreen offers protection from all UV light.”
While it’s common for most sport sunscreen formulas to be broad-spectrum, not all regular sunscreens offer this line of defense against UVA and UVB rays. For this reason alone, it’s highly advised to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen to ensure complete protection against the sun.
Sport Sunscreens Are A Win For Prolonged Water Immersion
Unlike regular sunscreen, sport sunscreens are usually tested to measure how water resistant a formula is before its Sun Protection Factor (SPF) starts to wear off. While such testing is tailored for prolonged water immersion, such as sunscreen for swimmers, it can also reflect sweat resistance.
As defined by Mayo Clinic, “the term water resistant means that the SPF is maintained for up to 40 minutes while swimming or sweating. Very water resistant means the SPF is maintained for 80 minutes.”
Here at SolRx, we teamed-up with AMA Testing Labs to design a trial that would measure the performance of our WATERBLOCK® formula (the basis to our sport sunscreen products.) After testing the formula, AMA Labs confirmed our sports sunscreen to be water resistant for over 8 hours. This test defined our WaterBlock® products as some of the best sports sunscreen for water immersion.
Some Sport Sunscreens Offer Easier Applications Vs. Regular Sunscreens
There are many different types, or applications, of sunscreen. Some of the advantages and disadvantages of using different applications include:
- Sticks – Sunscreen sticks, such as zinc oxide sunscreen sticks, are useful for quick application, particularly around the face and eyes.
- Creams – Cream sunscreens often contain moisture-rich qualities making them ideal for dry skin
- Lotions – While lotions might take longer to rub-in and absorb into the skin, they are often preferred for application on large parts of the body that need more coverage. Lotion sunscreens also tend to be less greasy compared to creams.
- Gel – Although less common, gel sunscreen works best in hairy areas, making them good options for men.
- Spray – Popular among parents because they’re easy to apply on children, spray sunscreens are a convenient option found in both sport sunscreen and regular sunscreen products. Because it’s difficult to determine how thorough you’re applying a spray sunscreen, apply a liberal and even coating.
Sports Sunscreens Are Often More Eco-friendly & Reef Safe
Whether you plan to go surfing or just hit beach, many individuals are conscious of the environmental impact that some sunscreens can have. A recently released report claims that most regular sunscreen is damaging the ocean’s coral reefs, impacting the reefs ability to cope with fluctuating climate change and other environmental issues. That’s why countless sunscreen producers are designing products that are eco-friendly and reef safe.
Most of these sunscreen manufacturers, like SolRx, design sport-specific sunscreen for individuals who are active around oceans and other natural bodies of water. In fact, SolRx products have been tested by the industry’s leading provider of SPF waterproof testing. The science-based results show that it is impossible for SolRx sunscreen to deposit on the reef if it is on the skin.
Like many of the best sports sunscreens, SolRx formula remains on the individual for 8 hours and sustains 97% or more of its SPF protection that entire time. This translates to no deleterious effect to the our ocean’s reefs and the environment as a whole.
Sport Sunscreen vs. Regular Sunscreen: The Last Word
In addition to athletes, sport sunscreen is often an appropriate option for anyone looking to get wet, work-up a sweat, or enjoy several hours of sun exposure. Offering more advanced, broad-spectrum protection capabilities, a good sport sunscreen is often the better choice versus regular sport sunscreen.
Consider your search for the best sports sunscreen over. Rigorously tested and used by some of the world’s top athletes, SolRx has developed a complete spectrum of advanced sport sunscreen products that suit all walks of life.
From swimmers, cyclists, and golfers, to professional surfers and beach volleyball players, SolRx has become the sport sunscreen of choice for many different athletes and outdoor enthusiasts. Using a patented WaterBlock® formula, SolRx offers high-performance, water-resistant sunscreens that are broad spectrum, eco-friendly, and will not burn your eyes if you sweat.
And unlike other sports sunscreens that claim to be “the best,” SolRx is paraben-free and oil-free, providing a comfortable dry finish for hours of dependable sun protection. But what else makes SolRx the best sports sunscreen on the market? Learn the facts behind SolRx sport sunscreen and why so many athletes make SolRx their sunblock of choice.
8-Hour Immersion Tested Formula
SolRx worked with AMA Testing Labs to develop a test that would measure the performance of our WaterBlock® sport sunscreen for athletes. This test would need measure how water resistant the formula is before its Sun Protection Factor (SPF) would start to diminish.
Further, SolRx specified that the test must be “tougher than that of the FDA or any other governmental agency in the world,” and was intended to measure the product’s SPF rating after 8 hours in the water.
After testing the WaterBlock® technology, AMA Labs confirmed SolRx sports sunscreen as being water resistant for an 8-hour period of time, making it one of the best sports sunscreen for water exposure.
Broad-Spectrum Sports Sunscreen for UVA/UVB Defense
There’s a reason why SolRx products are the best sunscreens for athletes seeking maximum protection from UVA/UVB rays. We have developed a full line of broad spectrum sunscreen with UVA/UVB defense including our Spray Dry, Dry Zinc, and Original WaterBlock Formula.
The chronic effects of UV exposure can have serious (even life threatening) implications for athletes who are exposed to sun for long periods of time. Some of the most pronounced risks of UVA/UVB exposure include premature aging of the skin, immune system suppression, damage to the eyes, skin pigment fading, and skin cancer.
So when you’re competing out on the court, course, road, or water, be sure to protect your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays with the broad spectrum defense that comes with SolRx sports sunscreens.
Eco-friendly & Reef Safe Sport Sunscreen
Protect yourself, or protect nature? A recently released report claims that sunscreen is damaging the ocean’s coral reefs, and reducing their ability to cope with fluctuating climate change and other environmental issues.
With SolRx, you don’t have to choose between between being exposed to dangerous UV rays or keeping the reefs healthy. We are committed to offering the best reef-friendly sunscreen, so that you aren’t doing harm to the vulnerable oceanic environment when you use them.
To further reinforce SolRx as the best sport sunscreen for both athletes and the environment, our products have been tested by the industry’s leading provider of SPF waterproof testing. The science-based results show that it is impossible for SolRx sunscreen to deposit on the reef if it is on the skin. And evidence that the formula remains on the skin is borne out by the SPF rating remaining constant throughout the testing.
Conclusion: our sports sunscreen for athletes remains on the wearer for 8 hours and provides 97% or more of its SPF protection that entire time. This translates to no deleterious effect to the our ocean’s reefs and the environment as a whole.
Get the Best Sports Sunscreen for Your Athletic Lifestyle
Are you ready to experience what makes SolRx the best sports sunscreen on the market? Below we feature some of the most preferred SolRx sunscreen products for athletes and sports enthusiasts.
SolRx SPF 50 Zinc Sports Sunscreen
SolRx Waterblock SPF 50 Zinc Sunscreen is the trusted choice of athletes and lifeguards for protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays. Originally designed for triathletes, swimmers and surfers, our SPF 50 Zinc Sports Sunscreen offers broad spectrum protection and it will not burn your eyes if you sweat.
Differing from normal sports sunscreens, SolRx’s SPF 50 Zinc Oxide Sunscreen blocks the sun’s harmful rays, instead of reflecting them. Regular sport sunscreens absorb into the skin in order to start working. Dry Zinc Sunscreen physically blocks the sun by sitting directly on your skin, which is why most labels say to apply the zinc sunscreen about 20 minutes before entering the sun.
Shop our SPF 50 Zinc Sports Sunscreen with quantity discounts available.
SolRx WaterBlock SPF 50 Water Resistant Sunscreen
As SolRx’s flagship sport sunscreen, WaterBlock SPF 50 Water Resistant Sunscreen is the choice in SPF 50 sunscreens for athletes around the world because of the ultimate protection it provides. WaterBlock SPF 50 sunscreen protects athletes from 98% of sunburn-causing UVB rays as well as the UVA rays that age and wrinkle skin.
Like all of our sunscreens, SolRx Waterblock SPF 50 sunscreen is water resistant, oil free and paraben free, making it the best SPF 50 sunscreen for athletes with sensitive skin. In AMA Labs 8 Hour Immersion testing, our SPF 50 broad spectrum sunscreen was proven to protect skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays for 480 minutes.
Get the WaterBlock SPF 50 Water Resistant Sunscreen with quantity discounts available.
SolRx SPF 50 Spray Sunscreen Pump
SolRx’s new SPF 50 Spray Sunscreen in a 3.4oz Pump is engineered with a naturally derived grain alcohol instead of normal SD-40 petroleum based alcohols to keep your skin from drying out. Our SPF 50 Spray sunscreen provides perfectly balanced UVA/UVB protection for athletes who need the ultimate skin protection while they compete outdoors.
Like all of our Waterblock sports sunscreens, SolRx Spray Dry SPF 50 is paraben free, non-sticky, and has been proven to provide 480 minutes of protection in and out of the water, making it one of the best sports sunscreen for athletes.
SolRx, with its broad-spectrum protection and WaterBlock technology, is ideal for active endeavors at the beach. That makes it a great choice for beach volleyball players at any level – elite or novice. It’s effective all day, no matter what conditions you’re playing in.
On top of that, it’s the best choice for the environment. Its formula doesn’t wash off and cause damage to our natural coral reefs like other sunscreen products.
The Benefits of Effective Water Resistance
SolRx is a superstar when it comes to meeting FDA standards for sun safety. The test developed to test SolRx’s water immersion performance, with AMA Labs in the 1990s, was later called the industry standard. In real numbers, it means that SolRx’s SPF 30 sunscreen, which protects against both UVA and UVB rays, was rated at 35.85 SPF even after eight hours completely underwater. If you’re an athlete, that’s huge – you’re protected from sweat, rain, salt water all day long. You don’t have to worry so much about re-application; you can focus on the game.
One of the other benefits of SolRx is that, because it clings so well to your skin, your vision doesn’t get impaired by sweat washing off stinging active ingredients into your eyes. Your vision remains unimpaired. If you’ve got your eyes on the ball, that’s important. You’re diving for the ball, spiking it over the net – you don’t have time to think about how your sun protection is failing you. And if you do have the right sunscreen, well, isn’t that a great legal advantage in a game?
Save the Oceans
Sunscreens that don’t stay with you so well have chemicals that damage the ocean environment in which you may be playing. These chemicals can leach corals of their nutrients in a process called “bleaching.” Fish and other wildlife are also affected, and this makes their survival in the face of climate change much less certain. And with all the ingredients from low-quality sunscreens littering our oceans, the problem is getting worse. However, SolRx is removable only by soap and water. It doesn’t rub off into the water, which makes it a safe choice for anyone who likes to spend time near water-based habitats. SolRx is committed to not polluting our most fragile and awe-inspiring environments.
If you spend time on or near water, you should think about what sunscreen will best improve your performance while protecting your skin. SolRx is formulated precisely for this purpose. It’s a great option for anyone, but especially for elite athletes who work and play outdoors, in and out of the water.
In some ways, you could say SolRx is among the best sunscreen for swimmers. Beyond just swimming and water sports, other types of athletes benefit in myriad ways from the WATERBLOCK technology that makes SolRx sport sunscreens so effective.
In addition to being a broad-spectrum sport sunscreen for swimmers, SolRx products also offer a incredible level of water resistance for prolonged exposure. The SolRx WaterBlock has been rigorously tested and designed for water immersion, so it’s an ideal product for swimming and people who spend a lot of time in the water. And it’s not only safe and healthy for humans. SolRx sunscreen is formulated in a way that protects our environment as well.
Why SolRx Sunscreen for Swimmers?
Whether you’re competing in an Ironman triathlon or just spending a day at the pool, SolRx is versatile sunscreen for all walks of life. With a wide variety of options like spray sunscreen and high-SPF protection, SolRx sport sunscreen caters to both elite-level swimmers and just about anyone water bound. Below we discuss a few specific reasons why SolRx is one of the best sunscreens for swimmers.
8-Hour Water Immersion Protection
SolRx sunscreen products don’t merely meet FDA standards for sun safety, they surpass them. In fact, the test we helped develop to assess our sunscreen’s performance, with AMA Labs in the 1990’s, eventually became the new industry standard.
As one of our flagship sunscreens for swimmers, SolRx’s SPF 30 broad-spectrum sunscreen was rated at SPF 35.83 even after 8 hours in the water. This means that athletes can be confident that no matter how much time they spend in the water their skin will be protected.
A Convenient Spray Sunscreen for Swimmers
As you may know through experience, sunscreen that doesn’t stay on properly can affect your performance. If you’re entering a high-stakes activity, you need the best. SolRx has developed spray sunscreen that stays on skin, even after prolonged immersion in the water. This provides a convenient and highly-effective sunscreen for swimmers and triathletes, especially for the transition area as athletes prepare to head out on the bike for several hours at a time.
Because SolRx products cling so well to your skin, they won’t sweat off into eyes or wash away in the water. That means they do not cause the kind of irritation that can make a race or other endeavor more difficult. As a result, the spray sunscreen that SolRx offers makes for a popular option among endurance athletes.
Broad Spectrum Protection
At SolRx, we are recognized as the best sports sunscreen that swimmers count on for maximum protection from UVA/UVB rays. Unlike some sunscreens that only protect against UVA rays, our WaterBlock formula is also designed to be broad spectrum, ensuring coverage from both types of UV rays.
We offer a full line of broad spectrum sunscreen with UVA/UVB defense, including our Spray Dry, Dry Zinc, and Original Waterblock Formula. So when you’re out at the lake, pool, or ocean, be sure to protect your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays with the broad spectrum defense that comes from SolRx sunscreens.
Environmentally-friendly Sport Sunscreen
Chemicals in sunscreen can damage the health of oceans by leaching corals of their nutrients in a process called “bleaching.” These chemicals can also disrupt the development of fish and other wildlife, reducing their ability to deal with climate change.
Recent studies have shown that this problem in our oceans is getting worse. Because SolRx products stay on the skin and can only be removed by soap and water, it’s a safer choice for people who believe that conservation of our water-based habitats is crucial. SolRx doesn’t add to environmental pollution.
If you’re a swimmer, it’s important to have an effective broad-based sunscreen that is as water-resistant as possible. You spent a lot of time in the sun. And when you’re out there, you’re busy thinking about other things – times, transitions, gear. The last thing you need is worry about whether your skin is being protected. That’s where SolRx comes in. We’re the choice among sport sunscreens for swimmers and athletes because we make it effortless for you to stay protected.
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