Applying Sunscreen

Apply your sunscreen 20 minutes before going outside.

You need to apply more than you think.

You need about seven teaspoons (35 mL) of sunscreen for one full body application for an average sized adult.

You should apply about one teaspoon of sunscreen to:


  • your face, ears and neck
  • each leg
  • each arm
  • the front of your body
  • the back of your body
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Children and sunscreen

Whether a child should apply their own sunscreen depends on their age and how responsible they are. It is best to supervise young children while they apply sunscreen. 

Be careful about using sunscreen on babies under 1 year of age. Keep babies out of the sun when possible. 

Our Kids Pure SPF50 is perfect for kids or anyone with sensitive skin. Its dermatologically tested and is fragrance and paraben free, with proven UVA/UVB broad-spectrum protection.

Protection for the whole whānau. He pare tikākā mā te whānau katoa.

Storing sunscreen

Sunscreen should be stored below 30°C, out of direct or indirect heat. 

When stored correctly, sunscreens have a three year shelf life. Always check the expiry date and make sure it has not changed colour. If it has turned yellowish or any other colour, throw it away. 

Can I burn if I use sunscreen?

Sunscreen is just one part of being SunSmart. The reasons for sun burn could be: 


  • You haven’t put on enough sunscreen 
  • Your sunscreen has come off due to sweat or water 
  • You have not reapplied your sunscreen
  • You have been out in the sun for too long 
  • Your sunscreen has passed its expiry date 
  • Your sunscreen has not been stored correctly 

SunSmart website

The SunSmart website has information on how to stay safe in the sun, including how to slop on Sunscreen.

Where can I buy Cancer Society sunscreen?

You can find Cancer Society sunscreen in your local supermarket, pharmacy and other leading retailers. These includes Bunnings, Chemist Warehouse, Countdown, Fresh Choice, New World, Pak ‘n Save, Super Value and The Warehouse.

Or you can shop online here.

Last updated: October 2, 2023