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How To Reapply Sunscreen Without Messing Up Your Makeup

By August 27, 2021May 2nd, 2023Skin Care

Applying sunscreen is the first line of defense to help protect your skin from harmful UV rays and premature aging. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends applying broad-spectrum, water-resistant SPF 30+ sunscreen daily and reapplying every two hours to protect against both UVA and UVB rays.

Why Do I Need to Reapply Sunscreen Every Two Hours?

As you talk, move, and sweat throughout the day, sunscreen can be wiped away and break apart as it moves, creating an uneven layer and reducing protection from the sun. If you’re going to be outside for an extended period of time, reapplying your sunscreen every two hours is necessary for ultimate protection.

When wearing makeup, reapplying sunscreen may seem a little trickier. Makeup with SPF is a good starting point, but it’s not enough to last throughout the day and should be paired with sunscreen. How can you reapply sunscreen without smearing or removing the makeup you applied earlier in the day?

Apply Liquid Sunscreen With a Cushion Puff

Liquid sunscreen is great for providing an even layer of protection, but it may seem not so great for reapplication while wearing makeup. That’s where a cushion puff comes in. A thin, smooth cushion puff can be used to reapply your lightweight, liquid sunscreen because it doesn’t soak it up and allows you to easily reapply around your nose and eyes. Lightly dab the lotion onto your face and neck with minimal to no makeup smudge or removal.

Use Spray for Reapplication

If you’d rather skip the cushion puff, try spray sunscreen for reapplication. Make sure the spray sunscreen is specifically for your face—body sunscreen should never be used. Facial spray sunscreen requires no rubbing in or smoothing over while still protecting your face. Spray an even layer over your face and neck and let it dry in between spritzes so your makeup doesn’t run. Don’t touch your face until the sunscreen has dried to avoid smearing.

Give Powder Sunscreen a Try

Powder sunscreen is often water-resistant and can even help control oily skin. Reapply powder sunscreen by using a large makeup brush to thoroughly sweep it on your face and neck. Make sure to apply an even, protective layer.

Help protect your skin by using sunscreen daily and getting checked annually by a board-certified dermatologist for signs of skin cancer. The Dermatology Clinic has been serving patients throughout Greater Baton Rouge since 1947, and we offer comprehensive dermatology treatment and high-quality products to help you develop a safe, effective skin care routine. Schedule an appointment online today.