Sunscreen reapplication, do you need to reapply? How about if you’re staying the entire day indoors without significant indirect sunlight from windows? Most people only apply 25-50% of the recommended amount of sunscreen, which is why many still report tanning or burning despite sunscreen use.
Always use the 2-finger rule for face and neck daily, and expanding that for the body or using 1 oz. shot glass volume when you’re outside. Also, remember to apply a good first base layer at the beginning of the day. Using additional products that contain SPF, such as foundation, tinted moisturizers, and BB creams over your sunscreen will increase the likelihood of adequate protection by ensuring uniform spread.
Importance of Sunscreen Reapplication
It helps increase sunscreen efficacy as most people tend to underapply. One application can lead to uneven coverage or missed areas. Additionally, sunscreen tends to rub off throughout the day due to friction, masks, hands, water, and sweat hence why one should reapply.
Tips for Reapplying Sunscreen
You should reapply sunscreen every 2 hours or less if you are active and/or outdoors. There are various ways you can reapply: your regular sunscreen lotion/cream, powder, compact, spray, etc. Additionally, select sunscreens with higher SPF and water-resistant, especially if you sweat a lot. Choose sunscreens that you can easily carry in your bag and avoid leaving sunscreen in your car because heat will degrade UV filters. Lastly, mineral sunscreens are better for reapplication and less likely to burn around the eyes.