When it comes to taking care of your skin and using sun protection, people have many common misconceptions and questions, especially with the application of sunscreen. The advice isn’t always explicit. For example, people often wonder whether they need to apply sunscreen when it’s cloudy, or in Winter and they should wear SPF daily. Let’s clear up one thing. You should use SPF daily, both on the face and body, to protect your skin from the sun’s rays. We recommend a minimum of SPF 15 for your face. And, no, your makeup SPF won’t cut it. You should use a lotion besides your makeup.

Many people also question whether to reapply sunscreen indoors. The answer to this is another resounding yes. Whether you’re on vacation or live in a sunny climate, wearing sunscreen is important. Regularly reapplying is not only crucial to protect your skin against sunburn but also to prevent more severe sun damage, potential skin cancer and premature aging, including wrinkles.

When Should I Apply Sunscreen?

You should always apply your sun protection 15 to 30 minutes indoors before you’re going outside so the formula can thoroughly absorb into your skin before you get dressed and exposed to the sun. If you get dressed immediately after applying sunscreen, then it will rub off your skin, and onto your clothing meaning, your body won’t get the full protection it needs.

How Much Sunscreen Should I Apply? 

Most people only apply 20-25 percent of the recommended amount of sunscreen to their bodies, meaning they are in danger of getting sunburn and skin damage. Doctors recommended that most adults use approximately 1 ounce of sunscreen, or enough to fill a shot glass to cover their body entirely. This will vary somewhat for different body types. However, this is a rough guideline you should follow.