It can be challenging to choose sun protection over makeup with warmer months approaching. Makeup can boost self-confidence and provide a canvas for creativity. Meanwhile, Sunscreen offers protection but needs to be reapplied frequently.
Thankfully, you can combine SPF and makeup without disturbing your flawless face.
Why is it Important to Reapply Sunscreen?
Sunscreen should be reapplied often throughout the day to ensure your skin receives maximum protection. In addition, one application of Sunscreen won’t provide adequate protection, especially during outdoor activities like swimming or biking.
According to Supergoop!, “Any type of sunscreen (chemical or mineral) will naturally break down on your skin when they are exposed to sunlight. The sun breaks down all sunscreen actives over time…”
However, many of us may find it tricky to reapply sunscreen over a full face of makeup.
How Often Should You Reapply SPF?
Most skin care experts recommend reapplying sunscreen every 2-3 hours. However, partaking in outdoor activities like running, swimming, or hiking may require you to apply SPF more frequently.
One study states, “Typically reapplication of sunscreen at 20 minutes results in 60% to 80% of ultraviolet exposure that would be received if sunscreen were applied at 2 hours.”
In addition, this same study suggests applying SPF 15-30 minutes before going outside and reapplying every 30 minutes to ensure you get adequate sun protection.
5 Ways to Reapply SPF Over Makeup
How can you reapply SPF without ruining your makeup?
Invest in a Spray SPF
Most sunscreen brands produce various formulations that vary in texture and application method. In addition, setting spray is a standard cosmetic product used to seal and set makeup in place.
Opting for a spray-on SPF can ensure you get the sun protection you need without disturbing your full face of makeup.
Also, using a spray SPF is mess-free, and you won’t have to worry about transferring bacteria from the hands to the face throughout the day.
Apply an SPF Powder
Oily skin types may find it challenging to protect the skin from the sun’s harmful rays while also combating sebum production. However, an SPF powder can keep the face matte all day and freshen makeup in a flash.
Nowadays, multiple brands formulate SPF powders in various finishes and hues to fit every skin tone.
Swipe on an SPF Stick
Sunscreen is also available in a creamy, stick formula. Sticks effortlessly glide onto the skin and provide even coverage during reapplication. In addition, SPF sticks are ideal for minimal makeup-wearers who need a quick refresh while on the go.
SPF sticks may remove some makeup from the face, so it’s ideal for no-makeup-makeup looks.
Use A Sponge
Sunscreen can be expensive, and frequent reapplication can run a hefty price tag. Thankfully, it’s not necessary to purchase a separate SPF for reapplication. Instead, you can reapply your usual SPF on top of makeup with a beauty sponge.
The trick here is to work in small sections and use a patting motion to avoid removing all of your makeup.
First, dispense a small amount of SPF on the back of your hand, and pick it up with the sponge. Then, gently pat it onto the face.
Ditch Foundation for Tinted SPF Tinted SPFs provide the coverage you want without needing a foundation. In addition, you can easily reapply a tinted sunscreen to the skin without worrying about your coverage fading.