March 29, 2022

The Secret to Reapplying Sunscreen Without Ruining your Makeup

Stepping out in the sun? Have you applied your sunscreen? Good, you're protected from harmful UVA and UVB rays. But do you know reapplying sunscreen every 2 hours is equally important? Many people apply sunscreen just once and don't reapply, fearing it may ruin their makeup.

But why is reapplication necessary?

Sunscreen is a must-have for everyone who loves to be outdoors. If you don't reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, you expose yourself to harmful UV rays that lead to acne, pimples, dryness, suntan, and early signs of ageing.

Here's how:

When you step out in the sun, the UV rays penetrate your skin, damaging the collagen and elastin fibres. These fibres are responsible for keeping the moisture in your skin. When these fibres are damaged, they can't retain moisture, leading to dryness.

The dryness of the skin causes flaking and peeling of the outermost layer of your skin called the stratum corneum. This layer is responsible for keeping dirt and bacteria away from the deeper layers of your skin. When this layer is damaged, it can't do its job properly, leading to breakouts or pimples on the face.

Still, many people risk their skin thinking that reapplying sunscreen will be messy and ruin their makeup. But it's a myth.

So, how can I reapply sunscreen with makeup on?

It's easy to reapply sunscreen even after makeup if you choose the right product and use the correct application technique.

1. Sunscreen Lotion:

Sunscreen lotions for the face are highly effective as they have a thick consistency and thus remain on the skin longer. All you'll need is a makeup sponge and your sunscreen.

How to apply:

  • Squeeze a blob and dot it over your face.
  • Dab it with your sponge.
  • Work one area at a time to blend it well.

Do not rub or massage it over, as it'll ruin your makeup!


  • Hydrates the skin
  • Easy application
  • Effective UV protection

Product recommended

Lotus Herbals Safe Sun Sunscreen Cream SPF 30 PA++

This unique sunblock sunscreen lotion for the face with PARSOL 1789 provides broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays. This lightweight and non-sticky sunscreen leave no white cast to mess up your makeup. This product contains no alcohol, and it's oil-free, so it won't clog pores or cause breakouts. It also has black plum extract rich in antioxidants that help protect your skin from free radicals and improve skin texture.

2. A Sunscreen spray:

A sunscreen spray is the easiest method to reapply sunscreen. These aren't as thick as sunscreen creams and thus are fully absorbed into the skin quickly. This makes it perfect for reapplication.

How to apply:

  • Spray the sunscreen, focusing one area at a time
  • Blend well by dabbing with a makeup sponge or brush.
  • Do not rub as it may ruin your makeup.


  • Mess-free application
  • Easy to use
  • Non-oily look

Product recommended:

Lotus Herbals Safe Sun Intensive Sunscreen Spray SPF 50 UVA

This spray protects your skin from UVA and UVB rays. It is waterproof, sweat-proof and oil-proof, so it doesn't get washed off easily. This lightweight sunscreen spray has SPF 50, which is suitable for everyday use. It is packed with all-natural ingredients like sage extract, chamomile extract, and thyme extract that have powerful anti-inflammatory and soothing properties.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How often should I reapply sunscreen?

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, you should reapply every 2 hours and immediately after swimming or sweating.

How long should I wait before applying makeup after applying sunscreen?

You should wait at least 10 minutes before you apply makeup so that it can be fully absorbed into the skin.

How to choose the perfect sunscreen for oily skin?

The best way to choose sunscreen for oily skin is by looking at the SPF; the higher, the better. Also, look for one with a matte finish that doesn't clog pores. You can preferably go for sunscreen sprays for reapplication.

How to choose the perfect sunscreen for dry skin?

The best way to choose sunscreen for dry skin is by looking at the ingredients. Look for one that has a moisturising base, and that is non-comedogenic (won't clog pores). We recommend Lotus Herbals Safe Sun Moisturising Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 PA++. It protects the skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays and keeps it nourished and glowing.

How to choose the perfect sunscreen for sensitive skin?

When choosing sunscreen for sensitive skin, look for one with all-natural ingredients. They would give maximum benefits and won't irritate your skin.

Which sunscreen has the best coverage?

Sunscreen with SPF 30 or more provides the best coverage.

Is a sunscreen spray as effective as a sunscreen lotion?

Both are equally effective. Sunscreen lotions for the face take a few minutes to set, but they are more effective than fast-absorbing sprays. You can choose any of them that has good SPF.

Written by Lotus Herbals