Various ways to reapply sunscreen this summer and beyond

The good news: Applying (and reapplying) SPF sunscreen isn’t rocket science – in other words, it’s relatively simple. But it’s also absolutely necessary, especially in late spring and early summer.

Jodi LoGerfo, D.N.P., a New York City certified Doctor of Nursing Practice in Family Medicine and Dermatology, recommends using a quarter to one-half teaspoon of broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher each morning. For those who don’t carry a measuring spoon with them, experts recommend that two to three finger lengths of sunscreen should be enough. One colloquial piece of advice is easy to follow: If you think you’re putting on too much sunscreen, you’ve put on enough. Regardless of wind, rain, or hot water, the first application is essential.

Since then, Dr. Michael Jacobs, a board-certified dermatologist and clinical associate professor of dermatology at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, recommends reapplying sunscreen every four hours or so, or every two hours if you sweat a lot or swim. While the four-hour rule should be followed throughout the day, it’s especially important during the warmer months, when we get the most sun exposure.

Look, we get it. Not only is it inconvenient to reapply SPF sunscreen, but it can also feel very uncomfortable, especially if you’re wearing makeup all over your face. Today, however, SPF products are increasingly available, making it easier than ever to reapply SPF, and better suited for foundation.

Next, we will introduce you to each way to reapply sunscreen. Because there are so many methods, we’ve divided them into two different grades, from easiest and most effective to better than nothing.

Three sunscreens sunscreen powder, sunscreen spray and sunscreen stick

Sunscreen powders, sprays, and sticks are the three essentials of reapplying sunscreen – reliable, easy to use, convenient, and effective.

Powder sunscreen

Powdered sunblock provides the summer trinity of sun protection in a simple, portable form: setting makeup, absorbing excess oil and moisture from the skin, and providing an effective SPF when applied. Since powdered sunscreens are designed to cover up, not ruin, makeup, it’s a breeze to touch up and add protection. Today’s sun protection formulas are not only advanced in terms of sun protection, but also excellent in terms of skin beauty. Dermatologist favorite products include

Color science
Unforgettable Sunscreen SPF 50

This mineral powder formula is recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation and is waterproof, sweat resistant, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. Jacobs loves the product, which has an SPF 50, and thinks it offers the best protection from the sun, especially on days when you exercise and sweat more. It comes in four different shades to suit most skin tones, and its antibacterial bristles keep it fresh.

Supergoop!
100% Mineral (Color) Setting Powder SPF35

Love sunscreen powder, but not matte makeup? Let us introduce you to Supergoop’s Radiant powder sunscreen. LoGerfo loves the light, shine and soft focus of the powder, which keeps skin safe and shiny at the same time, rebuilds the look without drying it out, and increases the sun protection factor at once. Meanwhile, make-up artist Dani Parkes called the powder “genius” because it keeps the look in place and protects skin from sun damage at the same time.

bareMinerals
Original Mineral Veil Set + Protective Brush Mineral SPF 25 PA++

BareMinerals’ ultra-fine Set + Protect Powder is another mineral powder that extends makeup, blurs pores and fine lines, and absorbs excess oil while protecting skin from sun exposure and damage. LoGerfo believes that the easy-to-use brush packaging provides mess-free sun protection and flawless makeup. What more could you ask for?

Sunscreen spray

For those who don’t like to use powders (and don’t like to work hard), a lightweight SPF facial spray formula may be just the thing for you. This hands-free option combines sun protection with cooling and refreshing effects. Some sprays are even dedicated to setting makeup and are the ultimate multitasking option for those on the go. Jacobs recommends following the product’s specific instructions, saying the sprays should generally be shaken before use, applied about eight inches from the face, and spread evenly over the skin to ensure proper coverage. The best sunscreen sprays include the following:

Vacation
Super Spray SPF 50

Vacation’s sunscreen spray has a lot going for it: the full-size product is easy to carry and TSA-approved; Ultrafine spray can be evenly sprayed every time; It dries quickly to create a subtle satin finish that is neither too exposed nor too flat. It can be used in front of makeup as well as on natural skin, and the non-comedogenic formula is clear on all skin tones. In addition, each spray exudes the brand’s signature subtle fragrance.

Coola
Setting sunscreen spray

Coola offers an impressive range of sun retouching methods – there are three different options in the face spray alone, plus one specifically designed for the scalp and hairline. The brand’s setting spray is loved by fans for its innovative multi-purpose formula. It can be used as a traditional setting spray to extend the durability of makeup, or as a protective base before makeup; It can be used as a matte spray to absorb excess oil without tightening or flattening the skin; It can also be used as a cool and soothing facial spray, as it has added cucumber extract and aloe vera. At the same time, each weightless spray provides enhanced sun protection and is also waterproof.

Kate Somerville
UncompliKated SPF Setting spray SPF 50

When the temperature stabilizes in the 80s, we switch from our usual setting spray to Kate Somerville’s SPF 50 setting spray. This setting spray is delicate, perhaps the most delicate, and dries quickly to set instantly, creating a soft focus effect while adding extra sun protection to your daily routine. The formula contains a variety of intimate ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid to provide light moisturizing effect, and light diffused silicone powder to blur blemishes and fine lines. With an SPF of up to 50, you’ll feel protected from the strong sun.

Sunscreen stick

Stick sunscreen is probably the most user-friendly product – just a dab of it will do the trick – though it can be a bit of a hassle to apply before makeup (well, for the most part, more on that later). And, because they’re applied directly to the skin, experts say it’s important to sterilize them regularly. Just wipe it down with alcohol. Despite this, the stick is still one of people’s favorite methods of sun protection, because it is small, easy to use, comfortable to feel, and does not dry out.

Shiseido
Clear sunscreen stick SPF 50

With an impressive formula and a true invisible application (suitable for all skin tones), Shiseido’s Clear Sun Bar provides residual moisture and sun protection. LoGerfo is a fan of this lightweight sunscreen, which strengthens when it senses water and heat, making it ideal for active outdoor activities. The non-comedogenic formula is great for protecting acne-prone skin, and the stick is surprisingly good at concealer – it slides right over foundation, concealer and blush with little impact on the look.

Coola
Refreshing Water Sunscreen Stick SPF 50

Coola’s latest sunblock bars contain hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, coconut water and aloe vera, combining SPF protection with a super-moisturizing formula that stays cool to the touch even when exposed to the sun. Its slippery on the skin, unique watery formula is impressive, not to mention refreshing. It’s not as good to apply before makeup as other skincare products, so Parkes recommends rubbing the stick on the back of your hand or fingers before using it.

Colorscience
Unforgettable Sunscreen Makeup SPF 50

Double as a sunscreen stick and makeup, Colorescience is truly a one-of-a-kind product – the perfect way to reapply sunscreen without compromising your makeup. Available in six shades, from warm coral to deep berry to shiny bronzer, the stick can be used as blush, bronzer, lip balm and even eye shadow. Plus, it’s loaded with SPF 50 sun protection so you never have to worry about sun damage again (well, for four hours after applying).

Pinch the math: Makeup with sunscreen

Jacobs says it’s best to use real sunscreen, but if you’re stuck with makeup, it’s still better than no sunscreen at all. Jacobs isn’t entirely convinced, but in a pinch, makeup with SPF can be useful. Still, it’s important to consider the type of product you’re using – not all categories work for the entire face, so make sure you still have plenty of cover. Dosage is another factor: Just because the formula says SPF 30 doesn’t mean you’ll get the full effect every time, unless you use the right amount. It’s not perfect, but it’s better than not wearing SPF at all. Here are a few of our favorite sunscreen products.

Saie
Slip Tint Tinted Moisturizer SPF 35

Saie This light tinted moisturizer offers light, dewy concealer with SPF35 protection. The formula contains ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and licorice root extract, which has skin care benefits while being light and concealable. The lightweight texture makes it a reliable choice for midday reapplying sunscreen.

Nudestix
Nudescreen Blush + Lip Balm SPF 30

Nudescreen blush and lip balm provide both colour and sun protection in liquid form. The lightweight formula brings soft colors to the cheeks, lips and eyes, while the five shades of blush create a healthy complexion. Again, while not a blanket defense against SPF, it can at least play a role.

Ciele
Carved with protective SPF 30+ bronzer profile bar

Ciele’s SPF bronzer Stick is probably the most innovative SPF color product out there, it’s delicate, non-comedogenic, and it also offers sun protection. Seriously, it’s a great product beyond the SPF, so the extra sun protection is really the icing on the cake.

Which one do you prefer? Let me know in the comment section below.

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