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How Long Can I Stay in the Sun?

How Long Can I Stay in the Sun?Fair Skin that burns without sunscreen in 4mins

Apply 30+ sunscreen 15-30 minutes before sun exposure.

You have 120 minutes of time in the sun before burning begins.

Re-application recommended after 1 hour or towel drying and sweating.

Advice: Cover up after this time, wear protective clothing, seek shade. We recommend that you cease sun exposure at this time.

 

Fair to Medium Skin that burns without sunscreen in 6mins

Apply 30+ sunscreen 15-30 minutes before sun exposure.

You have 180 minutes of time in the sun before burning begins.

Re-application recommended after 2 hrs or towel drying and sweating, this boosts the effectiveness of the sunscreen for the remaining hour.

Advice: Cover up after this time, wear protective clothing, seek shade.

Medium to Dark Skin that burns without sunscreen in 10mins

Apply 30+ sunscreen 15-30 minutes before sun exposure.

You Have 300 minutes of time in the sun before burning begins.

Re-application recommended after 2hrs or towel drying and sweating, this boosts the effectiveness of the sunscreen for the remaining 3 hours.

Advice: Cover up after this time, wear protective clothing, seek shade.

In short, if your sunscreen has protective qualities to give you 120mins in the sun, re-applying does NOT mean it will double to 240mins.

Why do we need to apply sunscreen 25-30 minutes
before exposure to the sun?

The skin has seven layers, allowing the sunscreen to absorb into the skin before going out in the sun, will ensure its effectiveness; it allows it to set, if you will. If you don’t apply before sun exposure then the sunscreen will still work, but not as well. You may have already burned, so this will show up later.

The standard for a sunscreen usage is that for a 150 lb person, a minimum of 30gm (about 1 ounce) should be used for effective sun protection.