How much sunscreen should you be using and should you apply suncream every day?

WE all know how important it is to slather on the suncream the moment the weather heats up.

But are you using the correct amount of sun protection? Here's what you need to know…

How much sunscreen should I apply?

Dr Marko Lens, a skin cancer specialist, told The Sun Online: “The correct amount to be used is one teaspoon for the entire face and neck, and it should be re-applied every two hours if exposed to the sun.

“I always recommend SPF (sun protection factor) 30 broad spectrum sunscreen as it provides high protection against both, UVA and UVB.”

His advice is echoed by Rebecca Bennett, who is a Johnson & Johnson Ltd Skincare Specialist.

Speaking to The Sun Online, she said: “When using lotions, as the bare minimum, you should apply at least six full teaspoons (approximately 36 grams) to cover the body of an average adult.

"This is more than half a teaspoon of sunscreen to each arm, and just over one teaspoon to each leg, front of body and back of body.

"This equates to around four 200ml bottles per adult per week.”

Should you wear sunscreen every day?

In order to protect our skin, Dr Lens believes we should be wearing an SPF daily. “You should wear SPF even on a cloudy day.

“There is no such thing as a healthy tan. A tan is always a result of UV damage.

"That is the way our skin reacts to the UV damage.”

Rebecca said lotion should be “applied to dry skin about 15 minutes before sun exposure”.

It's easy to include SPF into your daily routine as a lot of beauty and health products already include it.

Carmex have a collection of tinted lip balms that include SPF 15, making sure your lips are fully protected from the rays for only £4.49.

You can also keep your face protected just simply by using the right kind of foundation.

Charlotte Tilbury's Light Wonder is slightly on the pricier end at £32 but it comes in 10 shades, includes SPF 15 and leaves your skin looking amazing!

If you still want to get a bronzed glow whilst staying protected, then Bondi Sands have the absolute dream combination with their Everyday Gradual Tanning Milk with SPF 15.

How to apply suncream properly

Cancer Research UK recommends to always use a cream with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or more.

Always make sure you put plenty of cream on and don't skimp on it.

Apply it thickly and evenly.

The amount recommended is around two teaspoonsful of suncream to cover your head, arms and neck.

Reapply the protection regularly throughout the day, even products that are "water resistant" and/or "once a day".

You certainly need to reapply after you have towelled yourself dry after a swim or shower.


How often should you reapply?

While Dr Lens added that care should be taken after swimming. “If there is no excessive sweating or swimming, the efficacy of the sunscreen should last two hours and it should be re-applied every two hours if exposed to the sun.

“However, if there is excessive sweating or if we swim we should re-apply sunscreen 40 or 80 minutes after swimming depending on if the sunscreen is water resistant or very water resistant.”

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