Should I Use “2 in 1” Sunscreen And Insect Repellent Or Separate Products?


When preparing for a beautiful summer hike most likely you’ll have sunscreen and insect repellent in your handy backpack or a combination cream including both ingredients.

Any time we can reduce the number of items we need to bring along we get excited but with 2 in 1 sunscreen and insect repellent, is it safe to use?

All sunscreens  requires you to re-apply frequently at least every 2 hours , sunscreen combined with insect repellent poses an issue because you’re reapplying not only the sunscreen but the repellent as well which can lead to skin irritation or rash.


Depending on how sensitive your skin is this can be a real issue.  It’s best to use separate products if you plan on going out into the sun.

Sunscreen should be used to protect your skin from harmful rays and insect repellent should be used only if you’re going to an area known for high insect activity especially ticks & mosquitoes.  If you do decide to use a combination cream carefully read and follow the manufactures directions.  Applying too much or not enough could make for an unpleasant day outdoors.

Though combination sunscreen and repellent products have not been shown to be harmful there can be some unpleasant side effects for those with sensitive skin.  Make sure you test any product first to see how your skin will react.

Wearing lightweight, breathable clothing that blocks both UV rays and protects skin from insects gives you reliable chemical free protection. You may still need to apply insect repellant to the outside of your clothing in some areas but the clothing acts as a barrier keeping toxic chemicals off your skin and leaving smaller areas of skin exposed and in need of sunscreen.

Have you found a combination sunscreen/insect repellent that works for you?  sunny sleevez LOGO

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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1 Response to Should I Use “2 in 1” Sunscreen And Insect Repellent Or Separate Products?

  1. Lynette says:

    Great post! Ive nominated you for a Leibster Award because I love reading about how to stay safe in the summer sun. You always have great tips. Check it out.

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