Which Do You Apply First, Insect Repellent or Sunscreen?

If you want to enjoy a bug bite and sunburn free summer, apply both insect repellent and sunscreen regularly. However, deciding whether you should apply insect repellent or sunscreen first can make a big difference in each product’s effectiveness. NET effect explains the importance of applying insect repellent and sunscreen in their proper order so you can stay protected while enjoying the great outdoors.

Sunscreen First, Insect Repellent Second

When applying both insect repellent and sunscreen, apply the sunscreen first. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends applying sunscreen before insect repellent, and letting the sunscreen fully absorb into the skin for 10 minutes before putting on insect repellent. Sunscreen needs to be reapplied every couple of hours to remain effective. Yet insect repellent only needs to be reapplied every three to six hours, depending on the product’s strength.

Precautions of Combination Products

Applying a product that combines sunscreen and insect repellent may appear to be a time-saver, yet the CDC does not recommend using such products if they contain DEET. DEET is one of the most effective and commonly found ingredients in insect repellents which alters a bug’s sensors used to find their next bite. Products that combine sunscreen and DEET have shown to be less effective in studies, displaying a reduction of sunblock effectiveness by 30-40%. Instead of using a combination product, apply insect repellent and sunscreen separately at proper intervals to stay protected.

Be Prepared with NET effect Insect Repellent

For long-lasting protection from bugs this summer, pick up a bottle of NET effect roll-on insect repellent. With a fresh, citrus smell, NET effect takes care of repelling mosquitoes, biting flies, deer ticks, gnats and other pests so you can enjoy your time outside. The roll-on applicator allows you to control exactly how much you apply and to exactly what areas without the hazardous airborne spray you could possibly inhale. Be prepared this summer by purchasing NET effect today through our online store.