The Science Behind
Our AQUA-ARMOR™ water-resistant system is clinically formulated for a life lived in sun, sweat, wind, and waves. It's based on Micronized (Non-Nano) Mineral Protection that won't break down over time. Originally developed for endurance athletes seeking reef-friendly products that could protect for hours, Watermans™ has become 'go to' gear for athletes and adventurers ranging guides to groms.
When it counts, you can count on Watermans. We manufacture to the highest quality and specifications. Our products pass rigorous FDA standards for quality, efficacy and safety - before they ever come near your skin.
We developed a water-resistance system, later trademarked as AQUA-ARMOR™ (also known as WATERBLOCK™ at our sister company, SolRX), that was superior to other sunscreens in the surf / sport category. We commissioned AMA Testing Labs (globally renown for SPF testing) to create an independent performance test “tougher than that of the FDA". With an eye toward our surfer/triathlete roots, asked to test 8 HOURS IN THE WATER and rate it’s SPF effectiveness.
We submitted our SPF 30 product for testing and the results surpassed all expectations - even AMA Labs was shocked. The test lasted a grueling 8 hours in the water, and the SPF 30 product still rated SPF 35+! AMA Labs has confirmed Watermans AQUA-ARMOR™ system to be water resistant for 8 hours. Independent testing showed AQUA-ARMOR performed at virtually full SPF-rating throughout the 8 hour test, as well as during a re-SPF test after 8 hours. That testing methodology has now become the industry standard.
In an effort to standardize sunscreen information, the FDA recently limited claims that can be printed on packaging (even when the protection far exceeds those printed limits). So our 8 hour water resistant formula remains as effective as always, only the label has changed.
Don’t just take our word for it. We have the patents to prove it!