Tips For Reapplying Sunscreens Throughout The Day

Tips For Reapplying Sunscreens Throughout The Day

Applying sunscreen is essential for protecting your skin from the harmful effects of UV radiation, but it’s equally important to reapply sunscreen regularly to maintain adequate protection, especially during prolonged sun exposure. Explore here some valuable tips from Skin Ceutical for effectively reapplying sunscreen throughout the day:

Follow the two-hour rule

The general recommendation is to reapply sunscreen every two hours or more frequently if you’re swimming, sweating heavily, or toweling off. UV radiation can degrade sunscreen over time, reducing its effectiveness, so it’s essential to reapply regularly to ensure continuous protection.

Use the right amount

When reapplying sunscreen, use the same amount as you did during the initial application to ensure sufficient coverage. Aim for about one ounce (approximately a shot glass full) to cover your entire body, including exposed areas such as the face, neck, arms, and legs. Using too little sunscreen can compromise its effectiveness, so be generous with your application.

Pay attention to high-risk areas

Focus on reapplying sunscreen to areas that are most prone to sun exposure and damage, such as the face, ears, neck, shoulders, and tops of feet. These areas are often overlooked but are at increased risk of sunburn and skin cancer due to their exposure to UV radiation.

Layer sunscreen over makeup

If you’re wearing makeup, you can still reapply sunscreen throughout the day without messing up your makeup. Look for mineral powder sunscreens or setting sprays with SPF that can be applied over makeup to provide additional protection without smudging or caking.

Choose a convenient formulation

Opt for sunscreen formulations that are easy to apply and reapply throughout the day. Consider using spray sunscreens for quick and convenient touch-ups, especially for hard-to-reach areas or when you’re on the go. Stick or solid sunscreen formulas are also portable and mess-free, making them ideal for reapplication throughout the day.

Time your reapplications

Plan your sunscreen reapplications strategically based on your activities and sun exposure. If you’re spending extended periods outdoors, set reminders to reapply sunscreen every two hours or after swimming, sweating, or toweling off. Be mindful of the sun’s intensity and seek shade during peak hours (usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.) to minimize UV exposure.