Everyday Sunscreen: When to Apply & How to Reapply
Wed, 12 December 2012 10:19AM
Is there really a point in applying sunscreen before my makeup at 7am each day? And then how do you reapply if you already have makeup on?
Ooh, this is a curly question. But I’m so glad you asked, as it’s a really important one, too.
First of all, why are you applying sunscreen at 7am? I’m guessing it’s because you’re getting ready for work, right?
Okay so, even if the UV index isn’t that high as you make your way to work, you probably won’t get the chance to apply sunscreen to clean skin again that day (more on how to reapply when you’re already wearing makeup in a sec). So this is your Big Chance.
You must slather your face with a good teaspoon-sized dollop of sunscreen (not an SPF moisturiser, but an actual sunscreen that promises SPF30 or more). Then let it sink in, then continue on with makeup. No matter if your makeup has SPF in it, too.
Now you know you’ve got good protection. And even if you’re walking or bus-ing to work when the sun isn’t super-shiny or glary, some skin damage is possible. And damage is a funny little cumulative thing. So lots of little bits of exposure will eventually make for lots of lines and spots and so on.
Okay, here is where it gets tricky. Because we all know the bit about having to reapply our sunscreen every few hours. But how to do this when you’re already wearing a face full of maquillage? You can hardly nip into the office toilet and re-start your whole beauty routine, right?
Now, if you’re spending most of your day indoors – and you don’t sit next to a window (UVA rays can penetrate through windows, FYI) – then it seems you’ll be safe not to reapply sunscreen during the day. I’ve quizzed enough derms and suncare experts on this very matter over the years to feel fine in telling you that.
However … if you are going to be outside during the day, especially if it’s during that high-UV midday mark, you will most definitely need to reboot your sunscreen. But luckily there’s a super-easy way to do this: mineral makeup. You see, mineral makeup – the good, 100%-minerals stuff – is mostly made from zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, two of the best ‘physical’ sun blockers around. So, the more you apply, the more protection you get. And because they’re ‘physical’, they’re actually best sitting on the skin’s surface, as they work by forming a barrier that reflects sunlight. There are loads of mineral makeup buys around but one of the easiest to use on a work day is a brush-on form, such as DermaQuest DermaMinerals On-the-Go Finishing Powder SPF30, $88, 1300 799 709.
You simply shake a little powder onto the back of your hand, then use the brush at the other end to whisk it all over your face.
Let’s ask the other Primpers … does anyone else have any suggestions for how to wear sunscreen well on a regular office day?