Nivea teaches us the right way to apply sunscreen

NIVEA SUN Invisible Protection Spray SPF 30
NIVEA SUN Invisible Protection Spray SPF 30

These days, the scorching summer heat surely reminds (or rather, demands) us to apply copious amounts of sunscreen.

But, according to Dr. Stephan Ruppert, Director of Nivea Sun UV Protection Research, “Only very few people apply the amount recommended by the EU – around 36 grams or 6 teaspoons for an adult.”

I, myself, am guilty as charged. I am not the type of person who would apply sunscreen religiously (except for the face of course), nor the type of person who would measure the amount of sunscreen she applies.

Needless to say, it’s not just during summer that we should apply sunscreen. It should be applied every time we get exposed to the sun, protecting our skin against harmful sunrays. I know that most of us are already aware of the damaging effects of UV rays brought to our skin—from sunburn to skin cancer. Although sunburn would be an “it” thing this season, skin cancer (such as melanoma) is never “cool”. 😉

Going back, merely applying sun block won’t do you good if you’re not doing it the right way. Nivea has developed these easy-to-follow guidelines on how much you should apply your sunscreen in order to reap its full benefits of maximum sun protection.

Nivea’s rule of thumb for adults & children

Dr. Beate Uhlmann, the brains behind these guidelines, explains us how to apply the correct amount of sunscreen:

How to apply the right amount of sunscreen by NIVEA

You can’t go wrong if you use the length of your own hand to gauge the right amount. Apply twice this amount to each leg (don’t forget your feet), to your chest and stomach area, and to your back. This allows you to reap the full benefits of the sun protection factor, and you can feel safe and protected in the sun. A hand’s length of sunscreen is equivalent to about 15 sprays of Nivea Sun spray.

The length of an adult’s hand is also the basis for gauging the appropriate amount of sunscreen for children. This amount is adjusted according to their age and height and then applied to the individual body zones as described above.

Children 3 to 5 years old:

A thick line of sunscreen measuring around 1 to 1 ½ times the length of an adult middle finger, or 5 to 6 sprays of Nivea Sun spray.

Children 6 to 10 years old:

A thick line of sunscreen measuring around 1 ½ to 2 times the length of an adult middle finger, or 7 to 10 sprays of Nivea Sun spray.

For children up to 5 years of age, twice the normal amount should be applied to the face and neck, since small children have proportionally bigger heads. Additionally, wearing protective clothing (cap, T-shirt and shorts) protect your children from the sun. Children under 2 should not be exposed to direct sunlight at all, as their skin does not yet have sufficient pigmentation.

And don’t forget: if you or your children have been in the water, have dried yourselves off, or are spending an extended period in the sun, make sure you reapply sunscreen regularly.

One to try: Nivea Sun Invisible Protection Spray SPF 30. It acts as a fine, water-resistant, transparent film on the surface of the skin whilst ensuring immediate UV protection. It has a cooling and moisturizing effect in addition. Visit for more info.

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