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Sunscreen and bite repellant

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Sunscreen and bite repellant


This might be a silly question but I've never used both at the same time.

Does it matter which one you put on first? I don't want one to cancel out the other.


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1. Re: Sunscreen and bite repellant

We always use sunscreen first - then let that sink in for a few minutes - then apply repellent spray.

Some of our friends buy repellent lotion and mix that in with the sunscreen - but I worry that you then don't know quite how much the protection factor has been affected. There are some sunscreens on sale in the UK which include insect repellent - but I don't like the smell of them.

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2. Re: Sunscreen and bite repellant

Same here. Sunscreen first (high factor!) then repellent if it's that time of day. I only use repellent in the hour before and after dusk, and also around dawn if I'm out on the sand/grass just in case of sand flies.

Most sunscreens are designed to be used at least 30 minutes before going in the sun - it gives them time to bind to the skin. It also helps avoid that horrible oily film left of the surface of pools by people who insist on slathering on cream and then getting straight into the water.

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3. Re: Sunscreen and bite repellant

It won't be that much of an issue - sunscreen during the day, from 8 am to about 5 pm. The bugs don't really come out until dusk, when the sun begins to set. If you are outside at that time, you will DEFINITELY want to put on some insect repellent. But by that time, you should already be all "beached out", and the sun will be going down anyway!

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