Dual-Layer Sun Protection

Stay-Put® SPF 50 Sunscreen

Due to changes in the industry, Sawyer is updating our bonding base formula to be reef friendly.  This new formula will be available later this year.  

Great for use on thinner skinned areas such as nose, ears, forehead, and tops of feet, Sawyer Stay-Put SPF 50 sunscreen is engineered with a special two-layer protection. One layer penetrates deeper into the skin while the other layer bonds closer to the skin’s surface — protecting the underlying layer even if the top layer is wiped off by sweat or water.

Enriched with aloe vera and vitamins, Stay-Put SPF 50 is ideal as a supplement to the Stay-Put SPF 30 formula, and it’s most comfortable to wear in high altitude or low humidity areas. Offering all-day protection from a single application, it’s also engineered to be effective when combined with Sawyer Insect Repellents.

Stay-Put® SPF 50 Sunscreen

How It Works

Two-Layer Protection

Designed for demanding conditions when your skin may be warm and moist from activity, Stay-Put SPF 50 features titanium dioxide to provide two-layer protection that filters out 98% of UVB rays. The first layer uses a special technology to bond the sunray absorbing agents deeper into the skin, uniquely penetrating where other sunblocks simply can’t reach.

The titanium dioxide addition provides an additional layer of protection that helps Stay-Put SPF 50 bonds to sensitive thinner skin such as the nose, knees, shoulders or tops of the feet. It offers maximum protection in comfort while enjoying high altitude winter sports or hiking through areas of low humidity and high heat.

Product Features

SPF 50 Versus SPF 30

Intended to be used as a supplement to to the SPF 30 formula, Stay-Put SPF 50 is ideal for use on thinner skinned areas such as nose, ears, forehead, and tops of feet. Stay-Put SPF 50 can be applied in humid conditions and to moist, warm skin.

Stay-Put SPF 30, our standard sunscreen, provides long-lasting protection even when sweating or swimming. Apply Stay-Put SPF 30 to dry, cool skin for maximum effectiveness.

While Stay-Put SPF 30 disappears into your skin, the SPF 50 formula is best for the areas of thinner skin where it clings harder to the upper layer of skin.

Easy Packing

Sawyer Stay-Put comes in easy-to-carry 2-ounce and family-size 8-ounce tottles that can be attached to a belt or pack. It’s also available in an easy traveling 1-ounce tube — great for packing in your purse or for flights.

Available at:

View All
  • Amazon
  • Bass Pro Shops
  • Cabela’s
  • Dick’s
  • Field and Stream
  • REI Co-Op
  • Target
  • Walmart

The Details

Available Options

  • 1 ounce


  • 2 ounce


  • 8 ounce


Kit Includes


  • One application penetrates deeper into skin lasting all day
  • Will not rub off
  • Sweat proof
  • Engineered to be effective when combined with the application of Sawyer Insect Repellents
  • Enriched with Aloe Vera and Vitamins
  • Airline Friendly Sizes
  • Please note: because of its effective two-layer protection, the System 2 formula may feel slightly greasy to the skin when applied.
  • Active Ingredients: Octinoxate, Octisalate, Homosalate, Oxybenzone, Titanium Dioxide

Available Sizes:

[SP1291] – 1 ounce
[SP1502] – 2 ounces
[SP1298] – 8 ounces



Product #:SP1291, SP1502, SP1298
UPC: 0-50716-01291-0, 0-50716-01502-7, 0-50716-01298-9


  • Q: ViewWhat SPF do I need? How much do I need for a trip?

    If properly applied (1 1/4 ounces per full body coverage) you seldom need more than an SPF 15. See the paragraph below for when you may need more. However, most people put on only half of the recommended FDA standard. A SPF 15 applied at half rate is effectively a SPF 7, better than nothing but still not a true sunscreen. If you can discipline yourself to put on a generous amount, then after it has fully absorbed into the skin, you will benefit by having less chemicals in the skin which allows your skin to breathe easier. If you just can’t bring yourself to lather it on then jump to a SPF 30 which, when half applied, still leaves you with an effective protection of a SPF 15. If you’re sensitive to oxybensone or benzephenone then stick with the SPF 15 which generally does not include that sunscreen.

    In planning a trip, use the 1 1/4 ounces per person per day figure as a guideline. If you’re building a tan, or reducing your skin exposure via clothing, then reduce your anticipated need accordingly. Keep in mind that a soaked cotton shirt yields protection equivalent to only a SPF of 4 to 8 only and therefore you may need to wear a sunscreen below the shirt if exposed to water or sweat.

  • Q: ViewCan I wear a repellent with a sunscreen?

    Yes.  We would recommend applying the sunscreen first. The trick to a comfortable and effective application of sunscreen it to put it on first thing in the morning or at least 10 minutes of sun exposure to help it fully absorb into your skin.

    Our SPF 30 sunscreen is a bonding base formula which makes it very breathable while still very effective. You can learn more about this formula at sawyer.com/sunscreen/

  • Q: ViewDo sunscreens affect athletic performance?

    They can, in two ways. Residual sunscreen on the skin can affect your grip and it can reduce your ability to sweat, which is your body’s mechanism to transfer heat created by your exertion. By not losing adequate heat, your internal body temperature rises, which depletes your energy levels and causes many organs to focus on heat management functions rather than normal support functions. The newer sunscreen formulations work below the skin and allow the skin to breathe and sweat much more efficiently, thereby leaving you with more energy to perform your athletic activity.

  • Q: ViewWhen should I re-apply a sunscreen?

    Above the skin sunscreen needs to be re-applied much more frequently than below the skin sunscreens, but replacement of each depends on several environmental factors and also the quality of the sunscreen. Keep in mind the following factors which affect sunscreen effectiveness:

    Type of Sunscreen: Film, Wax or Bonding Base
    Time of Day: Peak Sun is 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Time of Year: Peak Sun is May though July
    Pre-Tanning of the Skin: Your skin is more susceptible in the spring and early summer than it is after you have some level of tan base.
    Areas of Thin Skin: Nose, Ears, Forehead, Top of Head, Top of Feet, and Shoulders need extra Sunscreen and attention because they have less layers of skin to protect themselves.
    High Altitudes: Above 6,000 feet significantly increases your exposure to sunrays.
    Higher Altitudes: Above 10,000 feet offers very little natural protection at any time of the year.
    Low Latitudes: The closer you are to the equator the greater your ray intensity. People in Northern climates vacationing in Southern climates are particularly vulnerable.
    Exposure to much Rubbing or Flushing: Frequent towel drying or water skiing removes Sunscreen at a much faster pace than other activities.
    Profuse Sweating: May cause Sunscreen, especially above the skin Sunscreen, to migrate.
    Use with Insect Repellents: May cause the loss of up to 30% of the SPF protection level.

    If your environment includes several of the above, you may need to consider using a higher SPF level or more closely monitor your skin, especially the areas of thinner skin. If your environment includes more than several of the above, then you really need to watch your skin closely and take other precautions as well, such as more sun protecting clothing, hats, and staying out of the sun at peak times.

  • Q: ViewHow do I stop sunscreens from burning my eyes?

    All sunscreens will burn your eyes if the lotion is rubbed into the eye area during application. Once applied to cool dry skin, the better sunscreens like our bonding base formula, will not migrate — that is, run down into the eyes from the forehead while sweating or in the water. Older formulas which were designed to work above the skin may still migrate when exposed to water or sweat.

Have a Question?

Provide Clean Water