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Importance of reapplying sunscreen throughout the day

If wearing sunscreen is part of your daily skincare routine, you are already on the right track. Ensuring skin protection from the sun is as important as any other skincare measure. However, proper reapplication of sunscreen is also important.

If you don't reapply, your skin is probably not as protected as it should be, regardless of the SPF level you use. Without reapplying sunscreen to the face, you may be at risk of damage, sunburn, and early ageing. Keep reading to learn more about sunscreen reapplication and the best ways to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays.


In This Article:

How Sunscreen Works

Why Reapplying Sunscreen Is Essential

How Sunscreen Works

Sunscreens either absorb or reflect UV rays. They break down slowly and eventually become less effective in protecting against them. Also, the product gets brushed off due to outer forces such as water, sweating, and when you touch your face. Hence, it is important to reapply your sunscreen at regular intervals during the day. Remember, unprotected sun exposure can make your skin more prone to hyperpigmentation, premature aging, and sun damage. 

Why Reapplying Sunscreen Is Essential

The duration of your sunscreen's effectiveness varies based on your day's routine. For example, if you go swimming, sunscreen will not shield your skin after it is washed off or wiped off with a towel. Besides, the SPF factor of sunscreen also play a crucial role here. If you use SPF 50 sunscreen lotion, it will offer protection from the sun's harmful rays 50 times more than any other sunscreen. 

When And How Often To Reapply Sunscreen

If you spend much time outdoors instead of indoors or under the shade, it is important to use sunscreen SPF 50 frequently. It is recommended to apply the every 2 hours. Additionally, if you exercise a lot, the sunscreen can dilute due to sweating. You must reapply the product if you work out or play sports in direct sun or hot weather. Even if you invest in a water-resistant or specialist active sun cream, you must reapply sunscreen regularly. 

Now that you know when and how often to reapply your sunscreen, you must also learn how to reapply it. You should try to reapply the product to your fresh skin as much as possible. But if it's not possible, at least wipe off the residue or sweat on your skin using blotting or tissue paper. 

After your skin base is ready, you may reapply sunscreen. Start applying the best sunscreen for your face from the centre, working it into your skin with upward and outward motions. Make sure you reapply the product towards the eye, neck, and ears area. 

Reapplying sunscreen can be a little challenging, especially if you are wearing makeup. If you are using your regular sunscreen for reapplication, it is recommended that you use a beauty sponge. However, this will add only a light product layer to your skin. You may repeat this process more often. 

Choosing The Right Sunscreen

The right sunscreen can go a long way in determining the level of protection, here are our top recommendations:

1. Sunscreen Gel

If you are looking for something lightweight yet effective, this is the best sunscreen for oily skin. Our Niacinamide and Pro-Ceramides Sunscreen Gel SPF 50 PA+++ is a clinically tested In-Vivo Sunscreen gel with SPF 50 PA+++. Whether you are indoors or outdoors, this sunscreen for oily skin will protect your skin against UVA, UVB and blue light. It helps fight pigmentation and maintains a healthy skin barrier.

2. Body Lotion

    If going to the beach or just heading out in your summer outfit is something you are planning, consider a sunscreen body lotion. Our Vitamin C and Pro-Ceramides Fluid Body Lotion SPF 50 PA+++ has a non-sticky formula. It is quick-absorbing, non-greasy and sweat-resistant. Bonus point: it doesn't leave a white cast! 


    If you fail to reapply sunscreen properly and regularly, your skin is likely to be exposed to UVB and UVA rays from the sun. This will result in skin damage and can also lead to sunburn. In severe cases, you may develop blemishes, sudden abnormalities, or changes in your skin. So, if you spend too much time outdoors under the sun, make sure to reapply SPF-50 sunscreen regularly. 

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q: 1 Does the SPF factor affect how often sunscreen should be reapplied?

    A. SPF 50 offers protection from the harmful rays of the sun. It is comparatively more effective in protecting the skin from UV rays. However, sunscreen must be reapplied irrespective of a higher SPF level.

    Q: 2 Can I skip reapplication of sunscreen if I'm indoors all day?

    A. You can reduce the reapplication of sunscreen indoors, but it will depend on your location. Avoid sitting near windows for too long when indoors. UV rays will likely enter the indoor area or rooms in ways we may not know.

    Q:3 What is the best way to reapply sunscreen over makeup?

    A. You can use a beauty sponge to reapply sunscreen over makeup, or you may use sunscreen spray. 

    Q:4 Can sunscreen be reapplied after swimming or excessive sweating?

    A. Yes, you can. Reapplication is important after excessive sweating, toweling, swimming, or any activity that removes sunscreen from your skin's surface.

    Q:5 What are the risks of not reapplying sunscreen regularly?

    A. No protective layer can save your skin from sun damage if you don't reapply sunscreen. As a result, you may suffer from sunburn and other consequences associated with not applying sunscreen.

    Written by Samradni Pradhan on Mar 20, 2024
    Samradni combines her love for exploring diverse beauty products with her knack for expressive writing. She delivers engaging content in the world of beauty with confidence and insight.

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