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How Much Sunscreen Should You Use On Your Face?

Posted on June 22 2020

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The skin on your face is thinner than the skin on the rest of your body, making it a prime area for sunburn. You want to give this delicate skin the best protection possible, but you might wonder exactly how much sunscreen to use on your face. 

It’s important to make sure you’re applying the right amount of sunscreen (and the right kind of sunscreen!) every day. You’re in luck!

In this article, Babo Botanicals tells you just what you need to know when it comes to protecting your face’s sensitive skin!

What Type Of Sunscreen Should You Use On Your Face?

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Is it OK to use regular sunscreen on your face? Yes and no.

You can use body sunscreen on your face, but if you have sensitive skin or if you’re using sunscreen on your baby, it’s best to choose a sunscreen designed specifically for your face.

Wondering what the difference is? As we mentioned earlier, your face is delicate and the skin on your face is thin, so it’s important to use a sunscreen that won’t irritate it.

Sunscreens formulated for your and your baby’s face have been found to cause less skin irritation. Here are a few specifications to look for when choosing a facial sunscreen:

  • Made with non-nano zinc oxide
  • Made with natural or organic ingredients (like aloe vera, avocado oil, jojoba oil, and green tea)
  • Gentle, lightweight formula
  • Broad-spectrum label
  • SPF 30 or higher
  • Free of synthetic fragrances, sulfates, parabens, and phthalates
  • Mineral-based

How Much Sunscreen Should You Use On Your Face?

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According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), most people only apply 25 to 50 percent of the recommended amount of sunscreen. This means if you’re using an SPF 30 sunscreen, it works more like an SPF 15.

If you’re not applying the correct amount, you won’t get the full coverage or receive the full benefit of your sunscreen’s protection. So how much sunscreen do you really need on your face?

The AAD and FDA suggest using approximately two milligrams of sunscreen per square centimeter of skin. In easier terms, this means you should apply about one-half of a teaspoon of sunscreen to your face.

Keep in mind that if you apply more than this amount of sunscreen, you won’t get any additional UV protection. But if you apply less than this amount of sunscreen, you will get significantly less UV protection.

Why? Because applying more sunscreen does not equal more protection. Unfortunately, sunscreen doesn't work that way.

Sunscreens have a limiting effect, which means they limit the number of rays that can get through to your skin. Applying more can’t increase your protection over the highest number of SPF listed on the bottle.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, “The SPF number tells you how long the sun’s UV radiation would take to redden your skin when using the product exactly as directed versus the amount of time without any sunscreen. So ideally, with SPF 30 it would take you 30 times longer to burn than if you weren’t wearing sunscreen.”

To get the most out of your SPF and give your skin the best protection, cover every area of your face. This includes your lips!

Babo Botanicals’s Nutri-Soothe SPF 15 Lip Treatment is perfect for daily use. It smoothes, softens, and protects your lips with organic, ultra-nourishing moisturizers and SPF 15.

If you want to add a pop of color to your lips, check out our lip tint conditioners in colors like Beach Rose, Seka Rose, Wild Rose, Crimson Rose, and Plum Rose.

Apply Nutri-Soothe (or any of our lip tints!) often and evenly to your lips, and especially before sun exposure.

How To Apply Sunscreen To Your Face

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Instead of squirting a dollop of sunscreen in your hand, distribute it evenly by dotting it on your face and then massaging it in.

Applying this way keeps most of the sunscreen from ending up on the palms of your hands and gives your face much better coverage.

If you’re using a spray sunscreen, shake well and do not spray it directly onto your face. Instead, spray it on your hands and then apply it to your face.

Expert tip: If you’re using one of Babo Botanicals’s sunscreen mineral sticks, like our Fragrance Free SPF 50 Baby Face Mineral Sunscreen Stick, application is super easy! Simply glide the stick over your or your baby’s skin, making sure to cover the entire facial area.

How Often Should You Apply Sunscreen On Your Face?

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You wear your face every day, so apply sunscreen to your face daily!

Even if you’re not in direct sunlight, you’re still catching some UV rays while walking to the mailbox, driving in your car, or walking in to work.

For women, apply an even layer of sunscreen under your makeup. Make it a habit of adding sunscreen to your daily skincare routine. Layering is important, so use makeup products that have an SPF factor on top of your sunscreen.

Just like you would touch-up your makeup throughout the day, sometimes you need to touch-up your sunscreen. This is especially true if you find yourself at an outdoor activity in the afternoon.

Babo Botanicals’s Daily Sheer Tinted Facial Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 - Natural Glow is the perfect addition to your daily skincare routine! This tinted sunscreen provides great protection for everyday wear.

It adds luminosity to your skin and is ultra-sheer, lightweight, clean, and non-greasy, making it gentle and soothing for sensitive skin.

Even better? This unique tinted moisturizer enriched with anti-aging hyaluronic acid is packed with powerful antioxidants, omegas, and vitamin C.

If you’re not interested in adding a tint, try our Daily Sheer Facial Sunscreen SPF 40 - Fragrance Free instead, which is perfect for extra sensitive faces! It contains powerful antioxidants, Rose Hip, and Green Tea to help prevent premature aging.

Our ultra-sheer, lightweight, and hypoallergenic formula also contains organic aloe vera, avocado, and jojoba oil to soothe and moisturize skin. It’s ideal for use as a daily moisturizer and under your make-up!

Sunscreen For The Whole Family

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We’ve talked about mom’s daily sunscreen, but what about the rest of the family?

Good news! Babo Botanicals offers a mineral sunscreen just for your baby’s face! Our new Fragrance Free SPF 50 Baby Face Mineral Sunscreen Stick glides on sheer and is fragrance-free and formulated for very sensitive skin.

Simply apply a layer of our mineral sunscreen to your baby’s face daily, just like you would for yourself.

If you're taking your baby out in direct sunlight, apply liberally to exposed areas 15 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply at least every two hours, after 80 minutes of swimming or sweating, or immediately after towel-drying.

For men (and children), apply an even layer of our Daily Sheer SPF 40 Sunscreen - Fragrance Free to your face daily at the start of your day! If you work outside, don’t forget to reapply throughout the day.

Lastly, reapply sunscreen every two hours if you or your kids are outside most of the day, like when you’re at the beach or playing in the yard. You may need to apply sunscreen more frequently if you’re sweating or swimming.

Face The Day

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Your face needs extra sun care on a daily basis, not just when you’re on a sunny vacation!

Review our list of what to look for in a sunscreen, and use about one-half of a teaspoon of sunscreen on your face. With the right sunscreen and correct application, you’ll give your face the best sun protection!

Choose whatever type of sunscreen is most convenient for you and your family, whether that’s a spray, gel, or stick sunscreen.

After you make your decision, check out Babo Botanicals’s sun care products and give your family the best protection so you can all face the day with confidence!

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