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Are Sunscreens For The Face Different From Those For The Body? We’ve Got The Deets

Are Sunscreens For The Face Different From Those For The Body? We’ve Got The Deets

No doubt you’ve heard us go on and on about the importance of wearing sunscreen every day. Seriously, it’s the number one recommended product by every derm we talk to. Why? Because no matter how many stellar products you use, if you don’t protect your skin from the sun, you can welcome dark spots, pigmentation, fine lines, and saggy skin sooner than you’d like. 

Whether you are headed out for a weekend brunch with your girlfriends or a day in the pool, or just staying indoors, incorporating a daily dose of SPF in your morning routine is imperative to your skin’s health. But did you know that you should also make sure that you’re applying the right type of sunscreen to the right part of your body? To clear the air, we dived deeper into one major claim that sunscreen brands make: Some are better for the face, and others only work for your body. Keep scrolling to know if you should believe the hype. 

Facial vs. Body Sunscreen


If you’ve ever perused the SPF aisles at a drugstore, you’re probably aware of the variety of products available. The different lotions, sprays, and sticks can be enough to confuse an average buyer, not to mention special sunscreens meant for lips, face, and body. 

With all that in mind, you’re probably wondering “can you use body sunscreen on your face? The answer is yes, you can use the same sunscreen on your face that you use on your body, but it’s generally recommended to use separate types. Face sunscreen is often formulated with different ingredients that are more gentle on the skin and thus, better for delicate areas like your under eyes and sensitive skin. Body sunscreen is specifically made for arms, legs, back, stomach, and other body surfaces. That said, they can be thick and oily in consistency which should probably be avoided by folks with oily, acne-prone, or sensitive skin. 

Can You Use Body Sunscreen On Your Face?

While it isn’t necessarily dangerous to apply an all-over body sunscreen to your face, it’s important to note that different sunscreens have their own formulas that are specifically designed to address the needs of the face and the body individually. The skin on your body can react differently to ingredients than the skin on your face. It’s the same reason why we don’t usually use face wash on our bodies, or body lotion on our faces. 

Using sunscreen specifically formulated for your face can also help address common skin issues like breakouts that may be caused by using body sunscreen on the face. Long story short: Using the same sunscreen for your face and body isn’t the end of the world and it’s better than not wearing any sunscreen at all. However, if you want to properly protect your skin and avoid breakouts, it’s a good idea to invest in a separate formula for your face and body.

Can You Use Face Sunscreen On Your Body?

Yup, you can technically use face sunscreen on your body, but face sunscreens typically aren’t packaged to be used in large quantities. Face sunscreen comes in a much smaller container as compared to body sunscreens as it’s intended to cover a small proportion of skin. While you can use face sunscreen for your body, it could cause the sunscreen to run out very quickly and you’ll have to keep replacing it. 

How To Pick A Sunscreen For Face And Body

When it comes to facial sunscreen, choosing a high-SPF, broad-spectrum sunscreen is vital for protection from both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays contribute to lines, dullness, and pigmentation while UVB rays are the culprits behind sunburn, skin discolouration, dreaded sunspots, and redness – they also contribute to skin cancer.  However, there are a few more things to keep in mind when choosing a facial sunscreen. Dermatologists recommend using an SPF of at least 30 or higher. Also, if you’ve acne-prone skin, it’s important to check if the product is non-comedogenic. The term non-comedogenic is labelled on all skincare products that are tested and proven to cause none-to-minimal pore blockage. They are less likely to clog pores, hence resulting in lower chances of breakouts. 

Live, laugh, and wear SPF!

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17 May 2022

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