Best Waterproof Sunscreens & Sunblock of 2022

Nothing feels worse than taking a whole 20 minutes before you hit the beach to apply the perfect layer of sunscreen and rub it all the way through so you don’t look like a zombie and then still end up with a sunburn at the end of your beach day.

The alternative to this situation is to remain untouched by water throughout the whole day in order to maintain your sunblock’s integrity since its not waterproof and you’re scared the water will just wash away any of your efforts to protect your skin. Well, that’s why you should use waterproof sunblock instead of the old fashioned one.

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Neutrogena Sport Face Oil-Free Lotion Sunscreen
This high SPF formula is made with Helioplex technology in which the included electrolyte complex works on nourishing and restoring the skin’s balance. And since this lotion is oil-free you can rest assured that your skin will not break out because of it.
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Neutrogena Sport Face Sunscreen SPF 70+ OilFree Facial Sunscreen Lotion with Broad Spectrum UVAUVB Sun Protection SweatResistant WaterResistant, 2.5 Fl Oz
  • Made to stay put during vigorous activities.
  • Cares for and replenishes the skin.
  • Does not cause break-outs due to the absence of oil.
  • Consistency is a little thick for daily use.
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Reef Safe - Biodegradable Waterproof Sunscreen Lotion
This formula from Reef Safe is eco-safe since it’s made especially to prevent additional damage to coral reefs during dives. You can put this on without having to worry about it being toxic to sea life.
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Reef Safe - Biodegradable Waterproof Sunscreen Lotion- SPF 30+ - 1 Pack
  • Non-toxic to sea life.
  • Lasts under-water for a whole 80 minutes.
  • Contains a small percentage of Oxybenzone which is not actually reef-safe.
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Art of Sport Skin Armor Sunscreen Lotion
Being made especially for athletic performance, this oil-free and fragrance-free formula is one of the lightest on the skin. Regardless of how light it is, it still provides adequate protection from the sun’s harmful rays.
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Made for all types of athletes. Has a really light, ultra-dry formula. Fragrance-free to eliminate irritation.
  • Since it’s fragrance-free, there isn’t anything to mask the sunscreen’s natural scent.
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Reef Safe Biodegradable Waterproof SPF 50+ Sunscreen Lotion
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Offers a higher protection grade than the previous Reef Safe sunscreen. Smooth and non-sticky. Lasts under-water for a whole 80 minutes.
  • Contains a small percentage of Oxybenzone which is not actually reef-safe.
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Doc Martin's Maui NexGen Waterproof Sunscreen
Since this sunblock formula is made with beeswax, that allows it to be completely waterproof and you can stay in the water for 3 or 4 hours without having to worry about it wearing off. This non-greasy formula will also make sure that you don’t feel slimy or slippery when you’re in the water.
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Completely waterproof and will not be affected by water. Non-greasy application.
  • It stays sticky for a while and maybe inconvenient on sandy beaches.
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Emilia Naked Sun Clear Body Sunscreen
Emilia’s sunblock is made out of well-thought-out ingredients that include algae, vitamin E, and triple omega complex that cater to the skin’s needs in terms of moisture and regeneration. This hypoallergenic formula suits all ages.
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The clear gel applies smoothly without leaving behind any visible streaks. Suitable for all ages. Contains natural ingredients that moisturize the skin and combat aging.
  • The formula can be a bit sticky when first applied.

How to Pick the Right Waterproof Sunblock for You

Dermatologists suggest that you need to wear sunblock every day even if you don’t intend to hit the beach. So whether you want your sunblock to last through the general moisture you may encounter throughout the day or through a pool or beach day, your waterproof sunblock should be suited to fit what your day looks like.


Generally speaking, the higher the SPF number, the better the protection against the sun you’re going to get. However, sometimes you might not need a high SPF value especially if you don’t intend on spending your whole day in the sun. dermatologists suggest that you use a minimum of SPF 30.


You’ll want to go for a lighter formula sunscreen if you’re going to be using it during sports or if you expect to be sweating. The thicker the consistency of your sunscreen, the heavier it’ll feel on your face during vigorous activities.


Some of the sunscreens on this list are completely waterproof, meaning that you’ll not be able to take them off without soap. Consider whether that will be a benefit to you, say if you’re going surfing and you want your sunblock to stay put, or a drawback if you plan on simply going for a walk and you’ll want your sunscreen off of your face once you’re back.

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