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Your Complete Guide On How Often You Should Reapply Sunscreen Throughout The Day

Your Complete Guide On How Often You Should Reapply Sunscreen Throughout The Day

We’re here to reveal the superheroes a.k.a sunscreens, who have taken a permanent residence in our beauty stash to fight our skin’s nemesis. Bingo. You can thank us later. There’s no better way to dodge the blazing sun and harmful UV rays than to join hands with a good sunscreen that will be your constant shield.

Once we’ve answered the daunting, ‘what happens if you apply too much sunscreen on your face’ question. There are a plethora of questions that need to be answered. Out of which, the question that steals the spotlight is, ‘how often to reapply sunscreen?’ Girl, don’t even get there. It’s imperative AF. Just slapping the right amount of sunscreen once in the morning ain’t enough.

Because none of this would matter if you forget to re-apply your sunscreen. The key is to reapply sunscreen every two hours. And if you’re braving the sea and enjoying your favourite cooler, consider reapplying it even more often (sorry to burst your bubble).

What Is SPF?


SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. Wait, what? Let’s delve deep to understand the real meaning behind this skin science. The level of UVB protection provided by a sun protection product is determined by its SPF. SPF products come in a variety of levels, including SPF 15, SPF 30, SPF 50, and more.

In simple terms, if you use a sunscreen that offers an SPF of 50, it would take you 50 times longer to add sunburn to your regret list. What’s an easier explanation for SPF? Applying a higher SPF range prevents more damaging UVB rays from penetrating your skin than a lower version of SPF can prevent. Basically, the higher the SPF lessens the skin damage.

Here’s how they work on your skin:

  • SPF 15 blocks around 93% of UVB radiation
  • SPF 30 filters out nearly 97% of UVB radiation
  • SPF 50 sunscreen keeps 98% of UVB radiation at bay

How Often Should I Reapply Sunscreen?


Remember the golden rule of using sunscreen – reapply, reapply, reapply! Girl, there’s no messing around with the sun and its sweltering heat. Remember, anyone stepping outdoors must reapply sunscreen every two to three hours.

First & Foremost

Now that you’re aware of how to protect the largest organ of your body, the skin. There is no doubt about skipping sunscreen in your skincare routine, come what may. So it’s advisable to protect your skin while you’re on the go ‘coz what begins with sunburns or premature ageing lead to permanent skin damage

Tick, Tick…BOOM!

First things first, apply sunscreen 30 minutes before you step out. Why? What’s the reason? It’s simple, giving 30 minutes to your sunscreen before it starts penetrating into your skin will enable it to protect you better.

Slay The Layer

Always remember, that your skin type is the most important aspect to consider while buying any skincare product. Hence, it’s crucial to bag sunscreens that suit your skin type. Play with lighter textures (gel-based and water-based) of sun protection if you’re using a heavy moisturiser and vice versa.

Okay, So How Long Does Sunscreen Last on Skin?

Once you’ve reached here, you may have another question that can lead to confusion. So, let’s decode it for you. Girl, how long is sunscreen good for? To answer your question, experts admit that if you’re out and about, your sunscreen game will last for a good two hours (maybe less). This mainly depends on the brand and the sun protection factor. FYI, the high-number SPF lasts the same amount of time as low-number SPF. That is why wearing a higher factor of sun protection doesn’t mean you can enjoy the sun without reapplying sunscreen.

So bid adieu to sun damage, premature ageing and suntan by reapplying sunscreen when you’re outdoors enjoying the warm weather.

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13 May 2022

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