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Sunscreen That Won’t Wash Off

Komal Basith

Hi Komal! I’m spending New Year’s Eve with a bunch of my friends in Vietnam, where we plan on eating as much as we can and spending all our time by the pool. I’m looking for a waterproof sunscreen that won’t wash off and won’t make me tan (I’m really scared of sun damage). Have you found one you can recommend?

First off, good on you for being sun savvy! Also, lucky you! On to the sunscreens – they are, by nature, not really built to be waterproof which is actually a good thing, because the more diligent you are about reapplication the better it is for your skin. Still, there are sunscreens which are water resistant, which means that they’ll still work when you’re underwater; at the pool, or by the beach. Try Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Body Mist – it is my favourite body sunscreen because it’s super convenient, thanks to the spray formula, moisturizing without being sticky or greasy and has, several times in the past, kept me tanline-free by both pool and beach, which means it definitely works in the water. Have fun in Vietnam!

 

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Have a lovely weekend!

Photographed by Marcus Ohlsson for Velvet.

 

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