Top Tips for Sun Protection

At Neutrogena®, we believe that sun safety is one of the most important parts of caring for our skin. That's why we've created this at‐a‐glance reference guide for keeping skin safe when you're outdoors.

What is SPF?

SPF is a measurement of how well sunscreen can protect you from a sunburn. Using SPF 30 sunscreen means it will take 30x the energy for skin to begin to burn than it would without sunscreen.

Go higher if needed

Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is generally a smart choice for everyday use, but there are some cases in which dermatologists recommend a higher Broad Spectrum SPF. Learn why you might need a higher SPF.

Avoid peak hours

The sun's rays are strongest between 10 am and 4 pm so limit your sun exposure during those hours.

Apply early and often

Apply sunscreen 15 minutes before going out, and reapply every 2 hours, as well as after sweating, swimming or toweling dry.

Get out of bed

Tanning beds emit large doses of harmful UV radiation. To get the color you want without tanning, try a gradual tan-building lotion.

Made in the shade

Indirect UV rays can still damage skin. Play it safe by wearing sunscreen and protective clothing even when you're staying in the shade.

Let's Talk About UV and Sun Protection

What are UV Rays? UV rays are short wavelength sunlight (290-400 nm) that are comprised of two types of harmful ultraviolet rays - UVA rays and UVB rays - and you need protection from both.


UVA rays are known to lead to early skin aging, and they can also contribute to skin cancer. UVA rays go deep into the layers of skin.


UVB rays are the primary cause of sunburn, and they are known to cause damage to skin cells. UVB rays penetrate the surface of skin.

Read the Label

To ensure you're getting the best protection, here is what to look for on a sunscreen label:


Broad Spectrum Sunscreen: Protects from both UV-aging & UV-burning rays


SPF 30 or Higher: Dermatologists recommend at least SPF 30


Photostable: Look for a logo like Helioplex, which represents a breadth of photostable technologies that help deliver superior UVA/UVB protection.


Water-Resistant: Always remember to reapply after 40 to 80 minutes of swimming.