How Much is Enough? Most people use 75% LESS than they should!


15 SPF, 30 SPF, 50 SPF…1000 SPF?

It’s doesn’t matter how high the number is if you aren’t using the amount used in lab testing you will not get the protection you expect from your sunscreen.sunnysleevez

So exactly how much sunscreen should you be using?

For the face 1 teaspoon

For the body, its 1 teaspoon each for each arm and each of the following, neck,  upper back, lower back, upper front torso, lower front torso, right upper leg and thigh, left upper leg and thigh, left lower leg and foot, right lower leg and foot


This should total up to at least one ounce (a shot glass full) per adult body per application. If you have a bottle of sunscreen that lasts all summer, you are not using enough.

When SPF is tested in the lab, it is used liberally on the skin, so if you apply just a thin layer of sunscreen, you are not getting the protection advertised on the label.

That’s a lot of sunscreen isn’t it? You can see why studies have shown that most people apply only 25% to 75% of the recommended amount. sunny sleevez

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About sunnysleevez

I'm a freckly red head, originally from London now living in LA with 2 pale children. Frankly with our coloring we have no business being such an outdoorsy family and living in southern California. I grew up in a time when factor 8 sun milk was considered the best protection available to combat the hot rays of a holiday in southern Spain, that lead to 3rd degree burns and the rest of the vacation spent in the shade of our apartment. As a family we love to be outside, going to the beach, camping, swimming & hiking. We can't completely avoid the sun (nor should we) but taking sensible measures to avoid unnecessary UV damage is a priority. How do we do that? By staying in the shade in the middle of the day, wearing sun protective clothing (that's why I created Sunny Sleevez), a broad brimmed hat, UV rated sunglasses, using chemical-free broad spectrum sun screen on exposed areas & eating a healthy diet with as few chemicals as possible & lots of antioxidants.
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5 Responses to How Much is Enough? Most people use 75% LESS than they should!

  1. another reblog lol i am forever doing this to you but thank you so much each informative post its much appreciated

  2. Reblogged this on bellesbaubles and commented:
    if you aren’t following sunnysleevez yet you should be so many informative blog posts and the ones that are not informative are great reads

  3. Pingback: Protect Yourself Harmful UV Rays This Summer | Suite Life Travels

  4. wayfinder says:

    Thanks for the specifics, don’t think I’ve been using enough

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