How Much Sunscreen Should I Use, And How Often?

How much sunscreen to use, how to apply it best, when to reapply it: there’s a lot of information about sun care, and it seems to vary from product to product. Here are some basic rules, regardless of your formula.

How much sunscreen to use, how to apply it best, when to reapply it: there’s a lot of information about sun care, and it seems to vary from product to product. Here are some basic rules, regardless of your formula.


How much sunscreen should I use, and how often?


How Much Sunscreen to Apply

 

This one is simple, luckily: use enough sunscreen to generously cover any area not covered by clothing. This includes the neck (front and back), décolletage, arms, and hands. Other commonly missed areas include the ears and the back of the legs.

It’s often said that our hands age first, and this is likely because hands get significantly less sun care than the rest of our bodies. The tops of the feet tend to develop age spots due to neglect as well.

Alpha-H Protection Plus Hand Cream SPF50+ helps prevent photoageing of the hands throughout the day. An Adore Beauty favourite, Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream is the perfect brightening, anti-ageing formula when you don't need sun protection.


How much sunscreen should I use, and how often?


How Often Should I Apply Sunscreen?


The basic rule of thumb for sunscreen reapplication is:

  • Every 2 hours if you’re out in the sun
  • Every 3 to 4 hours if you’re in the sun intermittently

This rule, however, doesn't apply if you’ve been sweating profusely or swimming. Sunscreen must be reapplied after serious moisture comes in contact with the skin, no matter how often.You do the crime, you do the time: get some more sunscreen on!

Whether you're young or have sun-damaged skin, sunscreen is the best beauty potion available. You may not see results from day to day, but daily application is the best thing you can for your skin.

Sunscreen is a whole lot cheaper than the loads of anti-ageing serums you’ll have to use years from now if you don't protect yourself. Sunblock is definitely cheaper and less worrisome than trips to a dermatologist, whether for 'vanity visits' or skin cancer checks. Sun protection is worth the effort. We promise.

If the idea of slathering on more sunscreen doesn’t appeal to you, try a spray! Sunscreen sprays are easier to apply and generally take less time, making reapplication less of a pain. Clarins Sunscreen Care Spray – Very High Protection SPF 50+ is a great choice and smells delicious. Another super pick is La Roche–Posay Anthelios XL Spray SPF 50+.

So whether your preferred sunscreen formula is a spray, cream, or oil, go for generous coats and frequent applications. Stay safe and protected!

 

How much sunscreen should I use, and how often?