THE SLIP­PERY TRUTH

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While some sun­screens boldly state to be wa­ter­proof, the ar­gu­ment isn’t a wa­ter­tight one. Sun­screens con­tain an emul­si­fierto help in­gre­di­ents mix, but be­cause emul­si­fier­s­act as de­ter­gents, once in con­tact with pool water or the ocean, they can dis­solve the sun­screen on your skin. In July this year, Aus­tralian/New Zealand Stan­dard re­leased a re­vised stan­dard for sun­screens that no longer per­mits the use of the terms ‘wa­ter­proof’ and ‘sweat proof’ on sun­screens be­cause they are both mis­lead­ing.

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