How Much Sunscreen Should We Apply?

How Much Sunscreen Should We Apply?

When applying our trusty COOLA, should we slather, smooth or lightly spread on our skin? Should we apply more to our face than our body? How much is too much?

We're here to answer the age old question - how much sunscreen do we really need for our skin to effectively be protected by the sun.



The first and most important piece of advice we can give is it is pertinent to wear an SPF protection every day, even on cloudy days or days where you will be spending more time outdoors.

We know, we know, we sound like a nagging mother BUT UV rays can still penetrate through windows if you're in your car or even at home which can add to premature ageing and sun damage.

So number one! Apply sunscreen every day.

The second little tidbit of advice we're going to bequeath upon you is that you should be applying around 2mg of sunscreen per cm of skin.

This roughly adds up to about 2 tablespoons or 35ml, of which 5-7mls should be applied to your face (the rest to be distributed across sun-exposed areas of your body) as your face is the most common place to develop skin cancers (more specifically your eye area - so make sure you protect your eyelid skin too!). Luckily COOLA has all natural ingredients so are not harmful to place around the eye area.

The rule of thumb is that your skin should have a sheen to it after using suncare products. This means if you're using a spray, and you're not quite sure if enough is hitting your skin, if your skin has a bit of shine to it then you've definitely hit your skin.


And lastly, remember this - Our Classic Sunscreen should be applied at least 30 minutes before sun exposure, while our Mineral Sunscreens are effective right after application.

After this, sunscreen should be reapplied every 2 hours or after swimming and drying off or perspiration.

All of our formulations, both classic and mineral, guarantee broad-spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB Rays!


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