Can I Reapply Sunscreen Over Makeup?

Can I Reapply Sunscreen Over Makeup?

As we all know, sunscreen is one of the most important steps in any skincare routine. It protects our skin from the sun’s harmful rays, preventing sunburn, premature aging, and even skin cancer.

But what if you're already wearing makeup? Is it possible to reapply sunscreen over it without ruining your look? The answer is yes, and in this blog post, we'll give you some tips on how to do it effectively.

Does reapplying sunscreen during the day matter?

YES! First, let's talk about why it's so important to reapply sunscreen throughout the day. 

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, you should reapply your sunscreen every two hours and immediately after swimming or sweating. This is because sunscreen can wear off over time or be rubbed off by clothing or towels. Plus, if you sweat or are in the water, your SPF will break down with the moisture.

But sometimes you’re wearing makeup outdoors, or even at the beach or pool, and you don’t want to mess up your look by rubbing more sunscreen all over your face. 

That's where some innovative powder sunscreen products come in handy, namely, our holy-grail powder sunscreens: ISDIN Mineral Brush and Avene High Protection Mineral Tinted Compact

ISDIN Mineral Brush is a translucent powder with an SPF of 50. It comes in a convenient brush applicator, making it easy to apply over makeup or when on the go. 

Avene High Protection Mineral Tinted Compact is a tinted cream-to-powder sunscreen that provides SPF 50+ protection. It comes in a compact form, making it easy to carry with you throughout the day. 

These products are perfect for stashing in your bag for effortless on-the-go touch-ups, especially when you're wearing makeup.

Powder sunscreens make it easy to reapply sunscreen over makeup. They’re easily blended in with a brush or sponge. Simply dust the powder over your makeup and blend it gently.

How to Reapply Sunscreen Over Makeup

But what if you don't have these products on hand? Can you still reapply sunscreen over your makeup and not totally mess your makeup up? The answer is yes, but it requires a little more effort. Here are some tips to help you reapply sunscreen without ruining your makeup:

Blot your face before reapplying.

Before you reapply sunscreen, use a blotting paper or tissue to absorb any excess oil or sweat on your skin. This will help the sunscreen adhere better and prevent it from smudging your makeup.

Avoid rubbing or wiping your face.

When you're reapplying sunscreen, try to avoid rubbing or wiping your face, as this can smudge your makeup. Instead, use a gentle patting motion to apply the sunscreen.

Skin Pro Tip: Don't forget your lips!

Your lips are also susceptible to sun damage, so make sure you're applying sunscreen to them as well. Our favorite sunscreen designed especially for the lips is EltaMD UV Lip Balm, a mineral-based balm that provides broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays. It contains 7% zinc oxide and 7.5% octinoxate, to protect your delicate lip skin from the sun’s rays. The formula is also moisturizing and contains hyaluronic acid, which helps keep your lips hydrated while in the sun.

In addition to these tips, it's important to choose a sunscreen that’s compatible with your makeup. Look for a lightweight mineral formula that won't feel heavy or greasy on your skin. You may also want to choose a tinted sunscreen that matches your skin tone, which can help you avoid any white cast or discoloration.

Reapplying sunscreen over makeup is an essential step in protecting your skin from the sun's harmful rays. With the right products and techniques, it's easy to do without ruining your look. Whether you choose ISDIN Mineral Brush, Avene High Protection Mineral Tinted Compact, or a mineral SPF, make sure you're reapplying sunscreen every two hours for maximum protection – remember, sunscreen is one of the most critical steps in any skincare routine, so don't skip it!


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“Sunscreen Faqs.” American Academy of Dermatology,