Sunscreen is an important part of anyone’s skincare regimen, especially if you spend time outdoors.
The havoc that sun exposure wreaks on our skin is a well-known story.
It causes wrinkles, sunspots, and hyperpigmentation in addition to making you look older.
But, even when we know the consequences, we still want to wear makeup – and therein lies the question, can you wear sunscreen over makeup?
First, Do I Need To Wear Sunscreen Every Day?
Sunscreen is a must-have item for anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors.
But, many people don’t use sunscreen as often as they need to, or they don’t use it at all.
With the summer season approaching, doctors are urging people to take care of their skin by applying sunscreen every day.
I’m hearing you questioning, after all, I’ll only spend a few hours outside in the sun, or maybe the weather is cloudy is this sunscreen still necessary?
Experts recommend that you use sunscreen every day year-round.
It doesn’t matter if it’s raining, cloudy, or snowing – you should be wearing sunscreen.
If you’re indoors, the sun is still shining through the windows, which means you still need to protect your skin.
Even when it’s not sunny out, UV rays are present in the form of ultraviolet light or infrared radiation.
Those who suffer from acne should also wear sunscreen daily because it can prevent breakouts.
Can You Wear Sunscreen Over Makeup?
Most people know that you should wear sunscreen every day, but one question that comes up quite often is whether or not you can apply sunscreen over your makeup.
The first thing I want to mention is that makeup with SPF can offer some degree of protection against UV rays.
But, you can’t fully rely on it to protect your skin from sun damage, hence incorporating sunscreen in your routine will do wonders for your skin.
Sunscreen can still work over your makeup to deflect the sun’s rays.
Physical sunblocks come in powders, creams, and sprays, with the latter being the best bet to avoid ruining your makeup.
How To Apply Sunscreen Over Makeup?
After spending your entire morning in the makeup chair, you might be wondering if putting on sunscreen over your makeup will cause it to deteriorate.
Your makeup is not going to break down when you put on sunscreen, but may even provide an added protection.
Like I mentioned earlier, sunscreen sprays might be the best idea when it comes to applying sunscreen after makeup.
But, if you want to apply powders or creams, there is a technique to do it efficiently:
- Apply a small amount of sunscreen to the flat section of a dry makeup sponge.
- Then dot – don’t drag – the sunscreen over your face.
- Concentrate on dotting and blending sunscreen on a small area at the time (e.g. forehead, nose) to achieve even coverage.
And, I just want to mention that layering two SPF products does not add up to a higher level of protection.
For example, applying a makeup product with an SPF of 15 and then wearing sunscreen over it with an SPF of 30 won’t make the protection level 45.
Best Sunscreen Over Makeup
Sunscreen is a very important part of your skincare routine and it can be difficult to put on after applying make-up.
Some sunscreens may run and ruin the look of your makeup, but some work well with makeup.
Best Sunscreen Spray Over Makeup
Banana Boat Sport Ultra is a broad-spectrum sunscreen spray that provides an SPF 30.
The thing I liked the most is this invisible clear spray is water-resistant that lasts more than 1 hour.
Best Sunscreen Cream Over Makeup
EltaMD UV Clear Facial Sunscreen provides a broad-spectrum SPF 46 for sensitive or acne-prone skin.
With a mineral-based zinc oxide formula that has been recommended by a dermatologist, it’s one of the best products to opt for you if you want to protect your skin from UV rays.
Best Sunscreen Powder Over Makeup
Mineral Fusion Brush provides UVA and UVB Protection with and SPF 30.
Transparent, mineral sunscreen powder brushes on with ease to help protect skin from sunburn. Plus, it works well on all skin tones.
Sunscreen After Makeup – Final Thoughts
Sunscreen is a useful way of protecting your skin from the harmful rays that come from the sun.
However, what many people may not know is that sunscreen can be worn over makeup.
Quite a few beauty brands, like the ones mentioned above, have developed sunscreens for this purpose.
Some people might think it would be too messy to wear sunscreen over their makeup but it doesn’t have to be.