Applying sunscreen once is not enough. To protect your skin fully from the harmful UV rays and sunburns, you'll need to keep reapplying your sunscreen throughout the day.
You should be reapplying sunscreen immediately after swimming, workouts, or sweat-heavy activities for ultimate protection. And two hours if you are continuously exposed to the sun.
The issue comes in when you have makeup on and don't want to spoil the effort you put in. What do you do then?
This quick guide shows you how to apply sunscreen over makeup without any messes.
3 Easy Ways to Reapply Sunscreen Over Your Makeup Like a Pro
1. SPF powder
Using an SPF powder is one of the easiest ways to reapply sunscreen over makeup for extra retouch protection.
Aside from easy reapplication, powder sunscreen works great if your skin is prone to oiliness. You can maintain a matte look throughout the day without having to wear heavy liquids that make your skin more oily and uncomfortable.
- Pretty much free of mess
- Effective as a sun blocker, thanks to Titanium dioxide used in SPF powders
- Matte effect for people with oily skin
- It's not ideal or workable for people with dry skin
- Shade options of SPF powders are not extensive
- You require significant powder amounts to offer adequate protection
2. SPF spray
For a quick reapplication of sunscreen protection, SPF spray fits the bill. It's as easy as using a makeup setting spray.
Like traditional sunscreen, you'll need to reapply an SPF spray immediately after workouts and swimming. If you are spending time indoors, application after 2 hours will suffice.
An SPF spray works well if you are on the run for most of the day and don't have time to apply liquid SPF or retouch your makeup.
Especially if you have dry skin, an SPF spray will hydrate your skin while offering UV—protection benefits.
- It's the most mess-free method to reapply sunscreen without ruining your makeup
- Quick, and can double up as body sunscreen
- Offers an extra layer of hydration for dry skin
- It's not as effective as an SPF lotion or cream
- Not suitable if you're allergic to aerosol components
3. SPF lotion
An SPF lotion is ideal for people with dry skin who want to apply sunscreen over makeup.
To apply the lotion, use a sponge to dot the sunscreen lotion on every inch of your face. Avoid the urge to drag or rub the sunscreen over your face, as that will potentially ruin some parts of your makeup.
Ensure that you work one area at a time until the sunscreen lotion is finely blended with your makeup. The least you'll have to do with this method is blush up slightly. The rest of your makeup stays on, saving you the hassle to reapply.
Another tip for reapplying sunscreen lotion is to use light sunscreen. Keep in mind that we mean light in texture and not SPF level and strength.
A lighter sunscreen lotion will spread over your face evenly when blending it in. In other words, it doesn't need the considerable rubbing that a heavier lotion or cream sunscreen requires.
- Great for extra hydration
- Pretty easy to apply with a sponge
- Super effective UV protection
- It might be uncomfortable for oily skin
- You may need to redo your blush because of some smudging
The first application matters the most
When it comes to sunscreen, the first application sets the tone for oncoming reapplications. It's important to apply a heavy base sunscreen at least 15 minutes before you head outside. This ensures at least 5 minutes of even absorption of the sunscreen.
With a heavy-base SPF start, you double protection and don't need to fully rely on reapplied sunscreen to protect your skin.
Other Most Frequently Asked About Sunscreens
Can I skip moisturizer and use sunscreen?
It depends on personal preferences and skin type.
For instance, if you have oily skin and are in a humid environment, you can skip moisturizer and use sunscreen. However, your sunscreen will need to contain moisturizing ingredients to keep your skin hydrated. And just as we have mentioned, you'll need to keep reapplying with the sunscreen throughout the day.
Sunscreen with moisturizing components will usually have humectants, emollients, and ceramides, to prevent moisture loss. To reinstate, you can replace moisturizer with sunscreen, but never vice versa.
In a study comparing the effectiveness of SPF moisturizer and sunscreen, researchers found that an SPF moisturizer does not provide the same adequate protection as sunscreen.
Is it the same using a CC cream and sunscreen? Know the difference here
A CC cream works as a sunscreen, foundation, and cream all in one. In addition, it contains some skin color-correction benefits, such as evening skin tone. It's also lighter and hence suitable for people with oily and dry skin, or a combination of both.
CC creams can work great as a second sunscreen application with makeup on, but you'll still need to have a sunscreen coat beneath your makeup.
Do I still need to wear sunscreen if my foundation has SPF?
Makeup routine with SPF foundation is a good practice to keep your skin looking its best with a few steps. Along with a luminous finish, it provides antioxidant benefits and good sun protection to skin. However experts say that when it comes to sun protection, you need a product that can offer broad spectrum protection and has a SPF value of at least 30 or higher. Makeup products which have SPF value below 30 might not keep your skin well protected against UV rays.
Tinted Sunscreen Gives You A 'No-Makeup' Makeup Look With Strong Sun Protection
If you want a no-makeup look and strong UV protection, tinted sunscreen is your best bet. Tinted sunscreen can work under and on top of the foundation, giving you flexibility on application. Here's what tinted sunscreen does for your skin:
Keep the skin moisturized
First off, tinted sunscreens contain moisturizing components that prevent moisture loss and keep your skin hydrated . Tinted sunscreen might be lightweight, but it keeps your skin supple.
Great for sensitive skin types
Because it's lightweight and has the right amount of moisturizing ingredients, tinted sunscreen is effective for both dry and oily skin. When using tinted sunscreen, you don't have to deal with white-casts synonymous with traditional sunscreen.
Offer sheer coverage for a natural makeup look
Tinted sunscreen comes with a universal sheer tint that fits all skin types . In essence, it helps enhance your natural skin tone while covering hyperpigmentation and acne spots. This sunscreen will blend easily into your skin for a natural and matte look.
Prevent photoaging with strong UVA protection
Zinc, present in tinted sunscreens, blocks out the sun's UV rays and works fast to keep your skin protected. What this does is protect you from sunburn and hyperpigmentation.
Most tinted sunscreens come with an SPF of up to 50 to adequately protect your skin. In addition, tinted sunscreen comes with extracts like Physalis angulata to protect your skin from free radical damage so that it can remain healthy.
If you want to experience the full benefits of tinted sunscreen, try out Re' equil's Sheer Zinc Mineral Sunscreen. This sunscreen is 100% mineral sunscreen, blends in with all skin types, and offers ultimate UV, UVB, and IR protection.
Applying sunscreen over makeup is possible. It only requires a little effort and the right form of sunscreen to get it right. The most important issue is to not sacrifice sunscreen even when you spend hours on your makeup.
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