Answering Your BURNING Questions On SUNSCREEN! | Dr Sam Bunting

God, I love our Facebook audience over on the Dr Sam Skincare Club page – a simple poll about sunscreen use prompted over 1000 responses and 171 comments.

There is clearly a lot to say. So I thought I’d address some of the more common queries, concerns and talking points around daily sunscreen use. Now, to be clear – this is not the behaviour I adopt on sunny holidays. This is behaviour I put in place for a working day, where I’m not exposed to direct UV nor am I outdoors running, for instance, or walking a dog or dining al fresco (chance would be a fine thing in Feb!)

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Disclaimer: The content seen in this video is provided only for medical educational purposes and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please seek professional help individually if you suffer from any dermatological condition. Due to the volume of patients seen in the clinic, and to the unique nature of skin, Dr Bunting is unable to respond to every query on these videos.


  1. Doris Day on October 12, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    Can you please recommend some tinted sunscreens that are suitable for mature skin that will moisturise and make the skin look good without make up, and those that are really suitable under make up that are moisturizing but not greasy. What happens when we also want to wear a primer, as this seems to be a lot of products on the skin with moisturisers and sunscreens?

  2. chateau7 on October 12, 2020 at 8:08 pm

    Would mind listing some of your favorites in Show More, and especially ones that won’t sting the eyes? Thanks!

  3. Khushboo Jain on October 12, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    Should i use sunscreen indoors??

  4. Sarwat Khan on October 12, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    Has anyone tried both Murad sunscreen and Elta MD? Would love to hear their views.

  5. Rhian Duford on October 12, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    I suffer with severe PMLE. Can you recommend a sunscreen?

  6. Hina Bokhari on October 12, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    Which spf you use? Share your favourite sunscreen please

  7. M_ Khatun_ on October 12, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    Is colorescience a good sunscreen for acne prone skin?

  8. Khatoonz Collection on October 12, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    Hello .plz tell me something about Hyaluronic acid serum for oily skin. Or which serum should I use for oily skin .I have very oily skin . and often get breakouts.
    Kindly help me asap
    Thank you

  9. Adnan A on October 12, 2020 at 8:14 pm

    Clever title 👏

  10. Francesca on October 12, 2020 at 8:15 pm

    How often do u use sunscreen?

  11. S Douglas on October 12, 2020 at 8:16 pm

    On my GP’s advice, every day I take one tablet of Vitamin D3, 1,000 iu. Then, I use sun block on all days except really cloudy days when I wear moisturiser, primer, foundation and powder.

  12. oooohmysoooosexy on October 12, 2020 at 8:16 pm

    But do you have to put it on when you are in the building the whole day? An aesthetician told me that lights in the office also have UVs; is this true?

  13. GOSH ITS GABE on October 12, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    I live in Arizona 😥 so I reapply every 3 hours if indoors and I reapply every hour outdoors
    With altruist SPF 30/50
    Really helps keeping my hyperpigmentation away👏🏻

  14. Diva Donna on October 12, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    The audio is HORRIBLE! This is a legitimate reason for me NOT to watch your videos! I really do hope you’ll fix that soon.

  15. Gabriela Daneshka on October 12, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    I always say that about reaplying but people somehow find a way to make it seem stupid. They expect you to either be a hundred percent vegan or a hundred percent wastefree so the smallest ‘mistake’ seems like the greatest fault ever. For me personally, it’s enough that I’m doing something at all, whereas SOOOO many people don’t even use sunscreen on a regular basis. So it was reassuring to hear an actual dermatologist agree with me. Thank you! <3

  16. Charlotte mom on October 12, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    Are nano particles in mineral sunscreens ok? There’s so much controversial information out there on this. Some even say titanium dioxide causes free radical damage in skin.

  17. eccobellac on October 12, 2020 at 8:22 pm

    I know you said there was no research regarding how much protection you’re getting from your initial layer of SPF when you’re out & about at lunch time or beyond, but do you think it’s still significant if it is a mineral sunscreen? From my understanding, chemical filters lose efficacy with UV exposure, so wouldn’t a mineral sunscreen that is clearly still on your face at the end of the day (as evidenced by the makeup applied on top of them being intact) be MUCH better as your sole layer of SPF? Also, I understand it is an imperfect method of reapplication at best, but how do you feel about the use of SPF powders (such as those by colorescience) for topping up, particularly over melasma problem areas if you’re going outside in the afternoon (always with a hat)? Thanks Dr. Sam!

  18. dldl on October 12, 2020 at 8:22 pm

    I absolutely adore Biore’s aqua rich spf 50 with uva a and b protection. Never go a day without it and apply after my medik8 vit c serum. It’s perfect for combination skin types.

  19. lermink on October 12, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    what is your opinion on chemical vs physical sunscreen? how about the Korean or Japanese products which is mostly chemical but super lightweight with no white cast?

  20. lauraaa3400 on October 12, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    I don’t understand why they don’t do a study in order to know if the one layer of sunscreen that you apply in the morning will protect you throughout the day, if you stay indoors the whole day. That’s a question everybody’s asking.

  21. M_ Khatun_ on October 12, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    What is the safest and best sunscreen for acne prone skin? What is the difference between chemical, physical and mineral sunscreen?

  22. Es3iya on October 12, 2020 at 8:27 pm

    I love that you are truthful about reapplication. Reapply every 2 hours is ridiculous. We have such good filters in Europe that stay stable for like 10 hours. Having said that I do reapply sunscreen on certain parts, if i eat and run my lips wih tissue, i will reapply tiny amount around my mouth etc. I’d say in general i apply 3 times a day.

  23. TheWatyfly on October 12, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    Love your shirt!

  24. Kelly on October 12, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    Oh dear. I am NOT using enough sunscreen. I actually took a 1/4 teaspoon and put sunscreen in it, then poured it on the back of my hand for reference. Glad I did, and thank you for the information!

  25. annacoffee on October 12, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    Please can you talk about nano particles.

  26. Onionhead Jones on October 12, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    Stunned that I have sun damage with my deep tone African American skin tone, I now use sun screen. It’s been a journey but I also find sunscreen even helps with eczema and certainly hyperpigmentation and large pores. I am a big on lunch walks so I reapply at lunch because I generally don’t wear a foundation a SPF 50. I minimize after work as best I can and my skin has been on the mend the last 18 mos. I went to dermatologist for skin tag that was annoying and mentioned my face issues. It’s not 💯 yet but mask has diminished greatly and pores are no gaping either. Thank you for the video.

  27. jaymejacob on October 12, 2020 at 8:31 pm

    Curious on your opinion about oral sunscreen!

  28. JayVanCit on October 12, 2020 at 8:33 pm

    What a great video! Thank you for the great advise! I never understood most experts saying you had to apply sunscreen every 2hrs or don’t even bother because it would not be affective. I was under the impression if that was true then what was the point in putting on sunscreen if it was only good for 2hrs.

  29. Jan Niezbedny on October 12, 2020 at 8:33 pm

    Thank you for sharing the knowledge but what would you say to those who claim that suncreams (especially water resistance) cause cancer? Regards

  30. Andromaeda Starkov on October 12, 2020 at 8:39 pm

    trying to cover my skin as much as I could and reapplying every 2 hours. I will splurge on sun screen more than any other skin care products / make up from now on

  31. vwlove on October 12, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    This was an excellent video. Agree cosmetic elegance is the most crucial. I’m from Australia, to avoid sweating/wiping it off thru the day when it’s a hot I always use a facial antiperspirant as well as a waterproof sunscreen.

  32. Hina Bokhari on October 12, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    Beautiful makeup in pink! Please share this makeup look tutorial

  33. Succes Succes on October 12, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    But how to you manage the sunscreen reaplication if you really have to be outside a lot? How would you reapply? Becausr I’m afraid bacatria will get on my face of I reapply on the these that I’m out and about.

  34. Mk1313 on October 12, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    “Stirred a can of worms” lol

  35. junipa on October 12, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    I live in Australia, aka melanoma capital of the world. I do my best (and fail more than I’d like) but if I were to wear the recommended amount of sunscreen, I’d be a daily greaseball and would never be able to weak makeup.

  36. Tina Le on October 12, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    No, I havenot wear it all the time as the sticky and make my eye burning

  37. Olga Ny on October 12, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    Dr Sam, your hair looks amazing! What shampoo do you use? Thank you

  38. Karrie Wong on October 12, 2020 at 8:51 pm

    What are your thoughts on separate sunscreens for the eye area? Also, in terms of reapplying SPF, what do you think is the utility of powder-foundations containing SPF, and layering that over the face throughout the day?

  39. AnnaMacM on October 12, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    This is wonderful information because you’ve taken an educated but also wonderfully realistic approach. Thanks so much! I have a question for part 2 if that’s OK… Many people recommend wearing full sunscreen even if they’re indoors all day. If I know I’m going to be indoors all day and if , as a matter of course, I never sit in direct sunlight streaming though a window, is this really necessary? I really enjoy having the occasional “day off” from putting lots of gloop on my face and have tended to take those days off when I know I won’t be going out at all. Like you I live in the UK..

  40. JammieDMSD on October 12, 2020 at 8:54 pm

    I get off from work in the morning. Can I just apply sunscreen as part of of my skincare routine before going to work (at night)?

  41. lermink on October 12, 2020 at 8:55 pm

    also tips on how to reapply sunscreen over makeup or type of makeup friendly sunscreen pls.

  42. MIO on October 12, 2020 at 8:55 pm

    The cosrx spf 50 is amazing!

  43. NIRAY NIRAY on October 12, 2020 at 8:55 pm

    Hello! I would like to ask, can I use a face oil before a retinol cream (specifically Clarins Lotus oil and La Roche Posay Redermic R)? Also, is it too much if I use also hyaluronic serum (together with the above products)? 🙂

  44. Hayley Beth on October 12, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    Sunscreen is such a frustrating topic for me. I’ve tried so many kinds and I’m sensitive to all of them. Burning upon application, dermatitis and PIH after that. The ONE I’ve found that doesn’t do that—Sunprise (a Korean brand). It’s mineral based. But it’s so heavy and makes my makeup break up. Ugh!

  45. CHARLOTTE DARBY on October 12, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    Please can you discuss mineral vs chemical sunscreens? Xx

  46. Hannah Thufvesson on October 12, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    I asked this on another video as well: how do you feel about powdered sunscreens? Especially as reapplication on your face and decolletage?

  47. A C on October 12, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    Dr. Sam— Will you be making a sunscreen? I certainly hope so. I must have tried 20 and I’m still looking. Cruelty free, moisturizing but easily absorbed, not tinted, and not fabulously expensive. Who knew it would be so hard to find one meeting my criteria but so far no luck.

  48. Julie Stam on October 12, 2020 at 9:03 pm

    Born and bred in Australia so sunscreen is part of my life since my 20’s. Not just face and neck but all exposed areas. It pays off in the long run with reasonably good skin in my 50’s.

  49. queeddity on October 12, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    I live in a tropical country and I put them on, didn’t mind how much. They’re expensiiiiive 😭 and find it a bit weird that people don’t use their umbrella for the sun lol

  50. Liz McLean on October 12, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    I live in Canada in the foothills of the Rockies. We have cold and snow for 9 months out of the year, and we also have super sunny days in the dead of winter. Do I need to reapply sunscreen every 2hrs as if I lived in the tropics?

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