What is a Sports Sunscreen?

There are many products claiming to be “sports sunscreens” but the key benefits to a true Sports Sunscreen is one that protects you whilst you enjoy your sport with no negative impact on your performance. An elite sports sunscreen must be

  1. Sweat Resistant
  2. Water Resistant
  3. Non-greasy

Only SolRX uses WATERBLOCKTM technology, which ensures that you will not suffer from any of these when wearing SolRX sun protection. That means no stinging in the eyes, no loss of performance in the water and no greasy skin.

The ultimate proof point is the number of athletes across the world such as cyclists, ultra-marathon runners and windsurfers who use SolRX to protect their skin whilst competing at the top level of their sport.

The Science Behind SolRX

Water & Sweat Resistance

SolRX is the only Sunscreen to use the WATERBLOCK™ system. Within the SolRX waterproof system are what are known as volatile silicones. The Sunscreen, while its state in the tube is not waterproof, becomes waterproof once applied to the skin. Part of the waterproofing ingredients changes chemical structure and part of it evaporates into the air, allowing the waterproof agents bond to the skin. There is no body core heating with SolRX which could be experienced with other sun protection brands. This not only ensures that it is water and sweat resistant (so it cannot run into your eyes) but also makes it feels light on the skin and, being non-comedogenic, it allows the skin to breathe.

Manufacturing Process

To make a lotion, traditional manufacturing methods use what is called an oil phase and a water phase. The various ingredients in the lotion are segmented into these phases, mixed, heated and blended. In every lotion, there are ingredients which hold these two phases together during the process. What SolRX has accomplished is unique, we take the sunscreens and use the mixing of those as the oil phase; therefore, no additional oils are needed. This is how SolRX sunscreen achieves its performance whilst also being an oil free sunscreen. Many have tried to copy this process but none so far have managed to match the performance that our athletes demand.


What does SPF stand for?

SPF in sunscreen stands for Sun Protection Factor (SPF), but SPF only indicates the level of UVB protection, not UVA. We have found that the SPF’s of SolRX sunscreen, even after rigorous testing, have kept their SPF rating or better so we have a + sign to say that we have total confidence in the SPF rating to perform at least the rating on the pack, if not better.

What is the difference between UVA and UVB?

Sun rays are divided by wavelengths, the higher the wavelength, the deeper the rays penetrate the skin. The lower the wavelength, the stronger the damaging effect. UVB rays damage the upper layers of the skin and cause sunburn while UVA penetrates deeper into the skin and can cause skin cancer and enduring signs of ageing. All SolRX sunscreen products are “broad-spectrum” meaning that they can help to protect you from both UVA and UVB rays

Will high SPF give less tan?

No. The skin will still be tanned with high SPF, only it takes a little longer, but with the huge benefit of avoiding damage or burn to the skin in the process. It can also provide a longer lasting deeper tan as the process happens more slowly allowing the skin to adapt. Ultimately, protecting our skin is the most important thing so if in doubt always go for a higher SPF rating

How do I choose the right SPF?

The choice of the sun protection factor depends on the time that your skin can be exposed to the sun without getting sunburned. Be especially cautious at the beginning of the season and your holiday when your skin is light and extra sensitive. On average, the time that the skin can be exposed to the sun without sun protection is estimated between 5 and 30 minutes depending on your skin type. You should choose an SPF depending on your skin type and how long you will be exposed as well as how happy you are to keep applying.

Does SolRX Stain clothes?

We get asked this a lot by our customers and the answer is that SolRX should not stain your clothes if applied properly. That means applying it and leaving time to dry before putting clothes on. For more details on how to best apply SolRX please see notes in the section below.

Is SolRX new in the UK?

Yes and No. Until recently SolRX was available in the UK under a sub-brand name SolRX PRO SPORT but has now been re-packaged solely under the SolRX name in line with the global expansion of the brand. The UK initial range contains a mix of our original formula and active zinc formula products. As we move forward we will be extending the range and welcome feedback so if you have any comments or questions please contact us.

How to Apply

  • For best effects apply SolRx generously 20 minutes before exposure to the sun.
  • Efficient and complete application is essential to ensure the performance of the sunscreen – if in doubt let it dry then reapply to ensure covered all over.
  • Allow it to be fully absorbed before contact with clothes, towels etc
  • To maintain optimum sun protection we advise reapplying throughout the day.
  • It’s always advisable to take breaks from intense sun (normally the sun it as its most intense from 11am-3pm)
  • Wear protective clothing (eg rash vest, cap, sunglasses) where possible to add to the protection from the sun.