Sunscreen application is the most important part of our skincare routine and every morning, before going to work, school or just out to run errands we should slather it on our faces to protect our skin from the harmful sun rays. We’re also constantly told to reapply it every 2 or 3 hours to make sure our skin stays protected for the entire day but most women wear makeup too and taking it off every few hours to slather on sunscreen again and again is, let’s face it, not a feasible option.
Sure, powders with SPF are a nice way to add some sun protection to your skin as the day progresses, but is it really necessary to reapply sunscreen so often every day? Or are there exceptions to this rule?
Should I reapply sunscreen every few hours?
To answer this very important question, we need to know how long sunscreen lasts. And that depends on the weather and your activities. Let me explain. The active ingredients in sunscreen break down when exposed to the sun rays and so, after a few hours, they lose their efficacy. In addition, if you swim, play sports or do any other activity that makes you sweat a lot, then the sunscreen will slide off your face leaving, again, your skin unprotected.
That’s why when you go to the beach or just spend a lot of time outdoors when the sun is shining bright in the skin, reapplying sunscreen every two or three hours is necessary. If you forget, you may get sunburnt, not to mention all the other damaging effects UV rays have such as premature aging and cancer. But if you’re spending a lot of time indoors or the weather is just gloomy, rainy and the sun can barely be seen, then the sunscreen you applied in the morning will stay be intact throughout the day. No need for reapplication! Isn’t that great?
Do you reapply sunscreen throughout the day?