How Much is Enough SPF and How Often Should You Re-Apply?

So many people apply sunscreen with good intentions, but there are many variables that impact a sunscreen’s effectiveness. 

Firstly, almost no one slathers on enough of it to begin with. Secondly, once we apply it, we go about our day and naturally we sweat and go for a run or we go for a dip. After applying it once in the morning, we usually don’t re-apply. We’re lulled into a false sense of security around how much sun protection we’re getting. 

So to all you humans out there wondering “How much is enough SPF and how often should you re-apply it?”, this one is for you:

Sunscreen needs to be applied every 2 hours 

Yes, it sounds like a LOT, but sunscreen needs to be reapplied every 2 hours to be effective. This rule is especially important if you are going to be in direct sun for long periods of time. You’ll need to re-apply it more often if you’re swimming, sweating it out during sport or drying off with a towel. Even when it's cloudy, up to 80% of the sun's UV radiation reaches the earth, so you want your skin to be protected at all times. 

Sunscreen should be applied just before you go outside

Always check the directions listed on your sunscreen, but the best practice is to apply it around 15-30 minutes before heading outside. This allows the sunscreen to bind to your skin so that it’s effective. The Oh My Bod! SPF50 Body Sunscreen is suitable for your entire body. Protect scars, tattoos and your skin from head-to-toe with a body lotion that is SPF50 and water resistant for up to 80 minutes. As with most sunscreens, apply a generous amount from your neck to your toes - and don’t neglect your ears, 15-30 minutes before going in the sun. 

The magic SPF number is 15 or higher

As skin care obsessors, we wish everyone applied as much sunscreen as they should, but the reality is that most people don’t. What we can do, while we work on forming good SPF habits, is to use sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15. Be sure your sunscreen says “broad spectrum” on the label, which means the product protects against UVA and UVB rays. 

If you’re after an everyday facial sunscreen, Resting Beach Face SPF30 Sunscreen Serum has an SPF factor of 30 and is formulated with hyaluronic acid to give you a good glow (while defending your skin against sun damage and dryness).

Are you dealing with oily or acne-prone skin? It can be almost impossible to find a product that doesn’t clog pores. The Rosé S'il Vous Plait SPF30 Gentle Mineral Sunscreen also has SPF30 and is clinically tested to be non-comedogenic! 

We love curious humans! DM us on Instagram if you’re ever in doubt about your SPF and we will help you out :-)

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