How Often Should You Reapply Sunscreen For Maximum Sun Protection?

Whether it’s a hot summer day or the dead of winter, protecting your skin from UV rays is essential for fighting off potential sun damage. However, how often exactly should you be reapplying sunscreen during the day? Honestly, the answer is pretty varied from person to person. It all depends on your schedule for that day.  It’s a no-brainer that sun protection is crucial during any month of the year.

As someone who loves to wear makeup, the idea of reapplying sunblock to my face every few hours is a little ridiculous. Who has time to wash off their makeup, apply sunscreen, and then reapply their full face every few hours? That’s a little much. However, according to the skin care experts at Paula’s Choice, reapplying sunscreen constantly throughout the day isn’t always necessary. According to the site, sunscreen breaks down in accordance to UV exposure not due to the duration of time. If you find yourself indoors most of the day without exposure to a lot of windows, then your morning sunscreen application should be fine until your evening commute.

However, there are a few occasions where reapplying sunscreen every few hours is necessary. For instance, the Skin Cancer Foundation recommended reapplying your sunscreen after any sort of excessive sweating, swimming, or even toweling off. Basically, if the sunblock can be wiped away, it needs to be reapplied. The Huffington Post also suggested reapplying your sunscreen every two hours if you’re going to be outdoors. The direct sunlight will cause the active ingredients in your sun protection to break down, so reapplying is essential.

Wondering which sunscreens you should be reaching for throughout the day? Here are three of my favorite sunscreens for everyday application.

1. Neutrogena Clear Face Break Out Free Liquid Lotion SPF 55

Sunscreen, $9.99,

Keep your face and body protected against harsh UV rays without clogging your pores. This sunscreen by Neutrogena is formulated without oils or fragrances, so you won’t have to worry about pesky breakouts this summer.

2. Surf Mud Sun Protection Pro Stick – SPF 50

Sunscreen, $30,

Stick sunscreens are perfect for on-the-go applications and touch-ups. Keep your sun protection close with this waterproof sunblock. The tube is even compostable!

3. Clinique Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 40

Sunscreen, $24,
Ditch your greasy sunscreen this summer in favor of something more lightweight and moisturizing. This sunscreen by Clinique helps to keep your skin protected without feeling heavy on the skin.
So, when was the last time you reapplied your sunscreen today?

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