How Much Sunscreen Do You Need?

How Much Sunscreen Do You Need?

Even with this cloudy weather we’re having, I take my sun protection seriously. A case of melanoma tends to do that to a person. One could call me neurotic about sunscreen but I prefer to think of myself as enthusiastic. I know that layering a 50 SPF on top of a 30 SPF doesn’t add up to 80 SPF protection but it does help with coverage.

The cancer foundation recommends you apply a shot glass full of sunscreen to cover your body and half a teaspoon just for your face. That may not sound like much but if you measure it you’re likely to find you don’t apply anywhere near that much.

Since I only use physical sunscreens I would look like a pasty mess if I applied 1/2 a teaspoon at one time. Layering allows me to apply smaller amounts and let it dry before adding another layer.

Here is my routine-
Facial sunscreens

I start with this Josie Maran Moisturizer with 47 SPF. It’s very creamy and usually enough moisture for my skin. That soaks in while I dry my hair. I apply this brightening primer next. I love how it smoothes my complexion. It has an SPF of 20 and dries immediately. Then depending on how my skin feels I apply either this tinted Australian Gold SPF 50 sunscreen or this tinted SPF 41 moisturizer by Elta MD. The Australian gold is quite dry on its own. The Elta MD is quite emollient on its own, so I choose based on the day.

My neck, chest, arms, and back of hands get covered with either this Australian Gold SPF 50 untinted sunscreen or this La Roche Posay Athelios SPF 50 sunscreen.

On days I know I will be out in the sun more than usual I add this Jane Iredale 30 SPF powder to my neck and chest for additional coverage. It is totally transparent.

I keep this stick sunscreen in the ashtray of my car…best use for an ashtray I know of:) I apply a layer to the backs of my hands and fingers whenever I get in the car because they’re in direct sunlight on the steering wheel and I don’t want more spots.

Not all the sunscreens I try are a success. I’d read glowing reviews for this HydroPeptide sunscreen so ordered the tinted and untinted version.

The untinted version felt creamy but left a dry, white film that felt tacky. The tinted version has very little color and left a dry cakey finish. I had to wash everything off and start over with my regular sunscreen.

My face looks surprisingly natural with all these layers on and I haven’t had a sunburn or new damage for many years. So while layering takes a bit more time, all the products work well together and give me solid mineral protection without looking like a mask.

Do you have a favorite sunscreen to share?

I am hoping for sun and fully suited up for it;) Thanks for reading ladies and have a great day!

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21 Comments

  1. Roxanne
    July 10, 2018 / 6:09 am

    I keep sunscreen in my car too! I have that pale, freckle prone Irish-Scottish skin and burn like a lobster. When I hop on my trusty riding mower, I’m coated in sunscreen, long sleeved Coolibar shirt, long pants, and a giant sun hat…a far cry from my youth when I mowed in a bikini! The best treat I gave myself was to have the backs of my hands lasered about 5 years ago. It took 20 years off the appearance of my hands!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      July 15, 2018 / 9:03 am

      Those lasers work miracles! I love those coolibar tops. I have 3 long sleeve cardigans that get a lot of wear.

  2. Chyrll
    July 10, 2018 / 6:44 am

    I’m curious if you apply makeup after this regimen of sun protection, ie, tinted foundation, blush, powder?

    • Kathleen
      July 13, 2018 / 5:06 pm

      I would love to know that too!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      July 15, 2018 / 9:01 am

      The tinted sunscreen doubles as foundation for me. I seldom add foundation over it but always wear blush

  3. Anon
    July 10, 2018 / 6:49 am

    I layer my sunblock, too. Anthelios is one of my weapons. Thank you. I’m saving this post.

  4. Jan Berryhill
    July 10, 2018 / 6:57 am

    I am also one that uses sunscreen 365 days a year. I love Rodan & Fields’ 2 step hand treatment which includes (1) Brightening Hand Treatment & (2) Age Shield Hand Balm. Both have SPF 30. Their Lip Shield SPF 25 is wonderful for lips! Love your blog & have used many of your ideas & recommendations.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      July 15, 2018 / 9:05 am

      Lips need that protection too but few lipsticks have spf. Do you apply the lip shield over lipstick?

  5. linda allen
    July 10, 2018 / 8:20 am

    Interesting. I’m not sure I have the patience for this many layers and worry about allergies everytime I try something new, especially perfues. I’ve used Colorescience for about 25 years, just brush on the powder and go.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      July 10, 2018 / 1:57 pm

      I use the colorscience to touch up during the day. It’s great

  6. Lee
    July 10, 2018 / 2:45 pm

    I started using the Australian Gold this year because you suggested it in a previous post. I love it. Everyday I lather up on face and body. I am going to try the tinted as I think that would look better on my neck area.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      July 11, 2018 / 2:44 pm

      I love it too Lee! Plus it’s so affordable.

  7. Yvonne Weimer
    July 10, 2018 / 3:30 pm

    Do you reapply during the day? I understand that sunscreen lasts about 80 minutes. Re-application is the challenge I run into. I use all these products except the first 2. Please send ideas!

    I love your site. My morning is not complete until I have read it! 😍

    • Jennifer
      Author
      July 15, 2018 / 8:54 am

      I reapply the stick sunscreen to the back of my hands many times throughout the day. Unless I am at a beach or walking outside for hours, I do not reapply liquid sunscreen. I carry and dust myself with the Colorscience powder. I wear sunprotective clothing, large hats or carry a parasol. I know they suggest we reapply sunscreen after 80 minutes but I’m seldom in the sun for that long.

  8. Julie Anne
    July 11, 2018 / 6:38 pm

    Elizabeth Arden City Smart tinted SPF 50 on Face
    City Smart moisturizer SPF 30 on neck, it’s a neutral colour
    Shiseido UV protection on nose
    Athelios on my body. I may go back to the tinted version for my face & neck. I believe it is the top rated brand.
    Neutrogena stick is kept in the car.

    I found the Australian Gold left a stain on my collar. It’s a toss between that or white residue.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      July 15, 2018 / 9:08 am

      I use the untinted on my neck and chest because I didn’t want stains on my collar. I guess I’m lucky enough to be so fair the slight white tint blends right in. I tried the Athelious tinted but it was too dark for me. The Elta is perfect.

  9. Janet
    July 11, 2018 / 7:46 pm

    Thank you SO much! I bought Australian Gold on your recommendarion and love it! I also use a stick to carry wirh me. I will check out the rest. This will save me a lot of time and money – and hopefully my skin! Pinning!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      July 12, 2018 / 11:38 am

      I love that Australian Gold and it’s so affordable!! It’s a win all the way around.

  10. Heidi Baggett
    July 12, 2018 / 6:46 am

    Hello!
    Thanks so much for another great post! Presently, I use the Josie Maran sunblock and love it. I’ve used Clinique SPF products and recently bought Elta, MD, which is very nice. I want to, more than ever, steer away from products that are tested on animals, so I’ll definitely keep Josie Maran in my arsenal, but have decide against the other products. I want to try Jane Iredale makeup and I use several products by Paula’s Choice.

    It’s funny because as I’m reading your post and comments, my lips began to feel dry…and I reached for tinted lip balm, which prompted my reply because it’s SPF Coola. I loved Fresh, but it’s animal tested, so I switched to Coola. Have you tried SPF products for the lips, and if so, what are your thoughts?

    Different topic (though related to animal free testing): A while back you posted you were trying the Tatcha line and I wonder what your thoughts were on this line?

    Thanks so much for your invaluable information and great posts!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      July 12, 2018 / 11:28 am

      I’ve not tried the Cools line but will check into it, thanks! I love the Water Cream and plan to try their face primer. I switched away from the wash because I was having a problem with break outs. They weren’t related to the wash (stress) but I needed to use a salicylic wash, which has helped.

  11. July 17, 2018 / 6:45 am

    Jennifer, thank you

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