When should I apply sunscreen?

When should I apply sunscreen?

When is the correct time to apply sunscreen?

You should apply sunscreen 15 to 20 minutes before sun exposure. This gives the product adequate time to absorb properly, so it will work more effectively and be less likely to wear off, either from your clothing, during travel, or from physical activity.


How often should I reapply my sunscreen?

You should reapply your sunscreen every two hours. If you go swimming, or engage in physical activity where your sunscreen may sweat off, you should towel dry and reapply immediately.

Be sure to check out the rest of our sunscreen application recommendations to ensure you’re applying correctly.

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If I wear higher SPF, can I apply less often?

If I wear higher SPF, can I apply less often?

A higher SPF sunscreen does not mean you can apply less often. You still need to apply your sunscreen correctly, and reapply at regular intervals to prevent sunburn.

Research has shown that Australian consumers do not apply enough sunscreen to reach the SPF levels on sunscreen labelling – that means, even if you are using SPF50+, if you are not applying enough you will not have the protection you think you do!

Similarly, layering different SPFs does not add up to a higher SPF. Applying an SPF20+ on top of an SPF30+ does not mean you are wearing SPF 50 sunscreen.


Is higher SPF always better?

In short, yes. While there are many levels of SPF available, and some people burn less quickly than others, every one should be wearing SPF 30+ at minimum, but preferably SPF 50+ to ensure they are as protected as possible.

Remember: just because you don’t look or feel like you are becoming sunburnt, does not mean sun damage isn’t occurring.

Which SPF should I use?

You should always aim for a higher SPF, but a general guide is to consider how long you will be out in the sun, and your skin type, and choose an appropriate SPF for those circumstances.

Check out our sunscreen application tips for advice on proper sunscreen application so you can ensure you’re properly protected.

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