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Skin care: how long does sunscreen last?

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In brief: At most 2 hours

Although the spf rating of a sunscreen tells you how effective it is during use, it is important to reapply frequently and in adequate amount.
Sunscreen should be reapplied every 2 hours to maintain efficacy, as factors such as sweating, water exposure, and physical removal can decrease its effect and lead to burns and skin cancer risk.

In brief: At most 2 hours

Although the spf rating of a sunscreen tells you how effective it is during use, it is important to reapply frequently and in adequate amount.
Sunscreen should be reapplied every 2 hours to maintain efficacy, as factors such as sweating, water exposure, and physical removal can decrease its effect and lead to burns and skin cancer risk.
Dr. Roman Bronfenbrener
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Varies by type

This will vary according to the product as well as the activities of the individual ( sweating, exercise, bathing/swimming).
Appropriate instructions are usually provided with the product

In brief: Varies by type

This will vary according to the product as well as the activities of the individual ( sweating, exercise, bathing/swimming).
Appropriate instructions are usually provided with the product
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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