What is the proper amount of sunscreen to use?

How much sunscreen do I need to use?

You should always be generous when applying sunscreen – its better to use a little more, than not enough!

We recommend you use approximately a dollop the size of a 20c coin per limb eg:

  • Each leg
  • Each arm
  • The front of your body
  • Back of your body
  • Your face and neck, including your ears.


Do I need to apply different amounts depending on which kind of sunscreen I use?

The above recommendation is a good guide for sun screen cream, sun lotion and gel products.

When using spray sun screens, you need to take a bit more care to ensure you are using enough product. Read the label for your chosen product, and refer to the below guide for more do’s and don’ts when using spray sunscreen products.

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What are the often-missed spots?

What are the often-missed spots when applying sunscreen?

These are the spots that are most often missed when applying sunscreen:

  • Under your eyes
  • Ears
  • Lips
  • Shoulders
  • Behind the knees
  • Tops of the feet

Be sure to pay attention to them, as cumulative damage if you miss these spots too often can lead to skin cancer.


Do I need special sunscreen products for different body parts?

Correct application of your preferred sunscreen product should be sufficient if applied properly, and reapplied as required. However, some people prefer to use a specialty product for sensitive areas, such as lips. Check out our product page for more information.

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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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