Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen SPF 30+ Regular
This water-resistant sunscreen pairs synthetic active ingredients with zinc oxide, so broad-spectrum protection is assured. It has a slightly runny lotion texture that applies somewhat opaque and leaves skin with a distinctive sheen. Although this sunscreen’s texture and finish aren’t the best for the face, it’s a fine option for use from the neck down on those with normal to dry skin. This would be rated better if it had better aesthetics and if the formula contained a range of antioxidants, which are essential to boosting skin’s environmental defenses in the presence of sunlight.
UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum Protection. Very Water-Resistant.
Blue Lizard At-a-Glance
Strengths: Inexpensive; every sunscreen offers reliable broad-spectrum protection; the sunscreens have great aesthetics, especially for normal to dry skin; some excellent sunscreens for sensitive and/or rosacea-affected skin.
Weaknesses: None of significance, though some of the sunscreen formulas would be even better if they contained an array of antioxidants.
Most well-known drugstores in America carry this small collection of sunscreens. The brands name indicates an association with Australia, which is odd because these sunscreens are manufactured by Crown Laboratories, a U.S.-based company. As it turns out, the Blue Lizard brand isn't even sold in Australia, which the company confirmed. We suspect the Australia connection has to do with the facts that (1) all of these sunscreens provide high levels of sun protection and (2) that Australians now take sunscreen seriously because of the country's high rates of skin cancer (Source: www.health.gov.au). In this case, Blue Lizard is on the right track!
According to Blue Lizard, Regular and Sport provide 80 minutes of water-resistant protection based on the FDA testing method. This is the maximum allowed claim by the FDA. Blue Lizard Regular/Sport has also been found to meet the more rigorous Australian test method for water resistance at 240 minutes. Baby, Sensitive and Face do not claim water-resistant protection.
In the United States, FDA regulation allows a "very water resistant" claim of no more than 80 minutes without needing to reapply (Source: www.fda.gov). Sunscreens labeled "water-resistant" must maintain sun protection for at least 40 minutes in water. Admittedly, it can be argued that Australia's method for determining a sunscreen's water resistance goes above and beyond what's required in the States. It does seem impressive that a sunscreen can last for 240 minutes (4 hours) in moving water, but legally and testing-wise, that's irrelevant for a sunscreen brand not sold in Australia. If anything, the United States' more conservative water-resistance timeframe is a stronger reminder to consumers that "water resistant" does not equal "waterproof," and so encourages consumers to be more diligent about reapplication. In summary, as long as you follow FDA guidelines for liberal application and reapplication after swimming or sweating for 80 minutes when the label says "very water resistant," you'll do fine with this brand.
The bottom line is that all of the Blue Lizard sunscreens are worth considering, regardless of where you live. They all provide impressive broad-spectrum sun protection and they're inexpensive. A few of them also are fragrance-free and contain only gentle mineral active ingredients, making them winners for those with sensitive skin. Although Blue Lizard isnt the only sunscreen brand to consider, and the formulas aren't perfect (the texture and finish won't please everyone, especially those with oily skin), they are worth strong consideration for anyone spending time outdoors.
For more information about Blue Lizard, call (800) 877-8869 or visit www.bluelizard.net.
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