Monday, 8 January 2018

How Much Sunscreen Should You Use?

How Much Sunscreen Should You Use?


Do you know how much sunscreen you need to use to provide the tested level of protection?


Recent studies suggest that most of us don't!

Studies have found that only 15% of Australians are using the recommended amount of sunscreen!

The average Australian applies just a quarter of the recommended amount of sunscreen required to provide the tested level of protection.

This is such a worrying statistic! 

You can buy the most effective sunscreen with the highest levels of SPF and UV protection but if you don't apply the recommended amount then even this sunscreen will not protect you sufficiently. 


So how much sunscreen is recommended I hear you ask.


According to research the answer is at least 40ml for your entire body.

This is divided up into:
  •  more than half a teaspoon (3ml) of sunscreen for your left arm
  •  more than half a teaspoon (3ml) of sunscreen for your right arm 
  •  more than half a teaspoon (3ml) of sunscreen for your face 
  •  more than half a teaspoon (3ml) of sunscreen for your neck
  •  more than 1 teaspoon (6ml) of sunscreen for your left leg
  •  more than 1 teaspoon (6ml) of sunscreen for your right leg
  •  more than 1 teaspoon (6ml) of sunscreen for the front of your body, and
  •  more than 1 teaspoon (6ml) of sunscreen for the back of your body.

Recommended Sunscreen Quantities

Based on the above amounts a 75ml tube of sunscreen should only last you just over two trips to the beach for one person! 

That's why, owning a well utilised backyard pool, I keep the biggest pump pack of SPF50+ sunscreen I can buy at our back door for family and friends to use. 

Having suffered with a malignant melanoma myself I don't want any of my family members or friends to go through what I had to endure!

And I also don't want you as a valued reader of Fabulous and Fun Life to suffer my fate either, hence this blog post!

There is currently a huge variety of sunscreens available in the market to enable you to find one that's suited to your needs.

One of my favourite brands of sunscreen is SunSense which has a large range of different styles of sunscreen to suit all variety of needs.


SunSense Sunscreens

SunSense Sunscreens

Two of my family's favourite sunscreen products over the past year have been SunSense Ultra and SunSense Sport. 

SunSense Ultra & SunSense Sport

Thanks to the inclusion of Vitamin B3 (Nicotinamide) and Vitamin E these sunscreens have the additional benefits of added moisturisers and anti-oxidants, giving you skincare as well as sunscreen! So brilliant! 

Both are broad spectrum, SPF50+ and are easy to apply and readily absorbed.

They are also fragrance, PABA and lanolin free, non-comedogenic, dermatologically tested and Australian made and owned.

Now however they have both been reformulated to an even lighter formula with the same great broad spectrum UV protection.

They were my family's favourite sunscreens before the new formulation. Now we love them even more! 

They feel so light and moisturising when applied.  

If you are looking for a highly effective sunscreen that isn't horribly thick and doesn't leave a white cast on your skin I highly recommend the SunSense Ultra and the SunSense Sport.

SunSense sunscreens are available exclusively in pharmacies and Priceline stores nationally.


SunSense Ultra, SunSense Sport & SunSense After Sun

 P.S. You might also be interested in reading: 9 Big Sunscreen Mistakes You Need To Avoid

I'd love you to share this post on your social media accounts to help increase sun safety awareness and help prevent other people going through the malignant melanoma dramas I went through. 
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Prior to reading this were you aware of the recommended level of sunscreen to use?

                        Do you use the recommended quantity of sunscreen?


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Ingrid.

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*The above photographed SunSense products were kindly gifted to me for editorial consideration but I have bought SunSense products numerous times myself for both my own and my family's use. All opinions are my own. Full disclosure policy here.

51 comments:

  1. Really appreciate this post! I had no idea about the recommended amounts of sunscreen we should be using. I hardly burn so I get really lazy applying SPF. But I will be now!!
    Isabella | www.digyhu.com

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  2. So informative! I'm definitely one of the people that doesn't use enough sunscreen but after reading this I'm going to bump up my usage. Thanks so much for sharing x

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    1. Using sunscreen also helps prevent premature ageing of the skin. Definitely bump up your sunscreen use to the recommended amount!

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  3. That's SO MUCH! I really need to stop making fun of my fair skinned husband for the quantities he uses, it seems he's way closer to the mark than I am. Haha. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Sounds like your husband is well protected when he goes out in the sun!

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  4. This is so informative post. I need to pay more attention to applying sunscreen on the body too which I usually forget or skip when I am in hurry. The brand is new to me and sounds interesting, will check these products out.

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    1. SunSense is such a well trusted iconic Australian sunscreen brand!

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  5. I love SunSense sunscreen and didn't realise we're meant to be using that much! I always use sunscreen on my son, but I unfortunately neglect myself at times. Thanks for the reminder!

    Di from Max The Unicorn

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  6. I have been grossly under slipping, slapping and slopping. This is super useful though - thank you for sharing!

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    1. Most Australians under slip, slop and slap! That's probably why our melanoma rate is not decreasing in a hurry!

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  7. Wow, I was pretty sure we'd been using the right amounts but then again, after reading this I could be wrong. Great info, thanks for sharing and linking up with IBOT :)
    #teamIBOT

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    1. Even I wasn't using the required amount of sunscreen despite my history of melanoma until I researched how much was required.

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  8. I never really think about how much I need to wear, but I do slather it on when I go out, I’m just terrible at remembering to reapply, I need to get better!

    Laura || www.thelifeoflaura.com.au xx

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    1. At least you slather it on to begin with. Maybe set an alarm on your phone to remind you to reapply?

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  9. This is such an important message! I always get annoyed when skincare and makeup claim to be spf 30 or whatever. The amount of foundation you would need to apply to actually get that level of protection would mean serious cake face!!!

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    1. It's a message I am very passionate about due to my history of malignant melanoma!

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  10. That is so interesting! I will admit I never knew how much I should be applying, only how regularly but I will definitely be using your post as a guide in future! x

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    1. Personally I think sunscreen packaging should have a diagram on it of recommended quantities.

      SunSense - if you read this, you could implement this idea and be a leader in the sunscreen industry in this regard. I'm sure it would have an significant and positive impact!

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  11. Such a useful post! I started biting my lip hoping it was using the right amount and I actually use more. Hahahaha. Especially when I go to the beach. I slather myself in it!

    Rochelle || www.simplesocialsister.com

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    1. I'm glad you found this post informative! And I'm even happier to hear you use more than enough sunscreen!

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  12. We love SunSense sunscreen too. It gives great coverage ... if you apply the correct amount! :) #TeamLovinLife

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    1. The last part is key - if you apply the correct amount!

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  13. I'm shocking at reapplying. We also keep a pump bottle on the table by the pool. The one time I forget to apply is on my morning walks. I'm generally done by 7am, but the Qld sun is still quite sharp at that time.

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    1. Maybe you could keep some sunscreen next to the shoes you wear when you go walking to remind you to apply sunscreen? I have sunscreens scattered all around my home and work!

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  14. Love this post as I'm am pretty slack when it comes to Sunscreen. I have become more aware though minding my grandson who actually reminds me to put it on him and me! Thanks for the information and have a great 2018!
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

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    1. It's amazing the education and cultural shift re sunscreen use in just one generation! Kids are so good nowadays at applying sunscreen. In my day we knew no better and used to slather on baby oil to help us tan faster! I cringe as I remember this now!

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  15. Good time of year to remind us to apply sunscreen! I love the Sunsense products! Very interesting to read the recommended amount of sunscreen we should be applying! :-) #TeamLovinLife

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    1. The quantities recommended are more than most of us are applying!

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  16. A very timely post as we are simmering here in the Australian summer heat. I rarely go out into the sun after about 9am and if I do I cover up or use heaps of sunscreen. My husband has had many skin cancers and I have learnt from him that sun protection is extremely important. Besides it's very ageing on our skin! #TeamLovinLife

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    1. Isn't it an absolute scorcher this year!

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  17. I think the cost of some sunscreens puts us off really slathering it on. When we needed sunscreen in Canberra recently I picked up a Coles brand tube for just $3 and it worked really well.

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    1. If you find a sunscreen that's super affordable and works well for you stick with it! Sometimes I have problems with the cheapest sunscreens not absorbing into my skin as well.

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  18. We use the woolworths select brand and have been happy with it's effectiveness over the last few years. Although I forgot my legs over new years and burnt a little. i'd forgotten how much sunburn stings, especially when it's at the back of the knee, which gets so much movement! It's a daily ritual at the moment, applying the sunscreen.

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    1. I'm glad you've found an effective sunscreen that meets your needs!

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  19. Not that I live in Australia but for the few weeks a year I get to sit in the sun this is really helpful. Thank you.

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  20. its a great one but can you tell me which is better one among protection SPF15, SPF20, SPF25,SPF 30,SPF over 50?

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    1. SPF50+ offers the highest protection. I always also check any sunscreen I buy has broad spectrum UV protection.

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    1. I'm glad you found this post timely for you!

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  22. I really like this brand’s face sunscreens. They are extremely good. I did read something about the recommended ‘dosage’ of sunscream recently and have upped my own usage. Very important.

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    1. SunSense products are so user friendly and effective! Definitely my favourite sunscreen brand!

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  23. I tend to do mine in big splodges but in thinking about it, they probably are teaspoon sized.

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    1. Big splodges do sound as though they would be teaspoon size-ish!

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  24. I don't know if it's because I grew up in Australia, but I seem to be the only one at our place who is mad about sunscreen. I'll put it on whenever I know we're going to be outside for prolonged periods and I take some with me. But my American other half won't touch the stuff, no matter how much I try to foist it on him.

    Although, I'm guilty of not using enough, going by your bullet points. That's a lot of sunscreen. Thanks for making me aware #LifeThisWeek

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    1. Your skin will thank you for your regular use of sunscreen. The sun is one of the major causes of premature ageing!

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  25. That chart is very handy- I am definitely not using enough!

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    1. I'm glad you found the chart to be helpful!

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  26. So much more than I have ever applied to me or my family. OOOHH. And I taught in outback NSW and then in western Sydney where we never even thought of hats until the 2000s. Every classroom has sunscreen in pump packs in schools I know for re-application. The trouble is, like I am, impatience stops us from adequate coverage. I can see WHY you would want to share and am glad you are OK from your experience with malignant melanoma. Scary!!
    Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek 3/52. Next week's optional prompt is "What is Kindness?"

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