July 21, 2017

I’m Diligent About SPF Application But Not About Reapplication

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I’m diligent about SPF and sunscreen application but I’m so very guilty about reapplying it. What about you? How on top of reapplication are you?

So, here’s the deal. I know the most people are like, “SPF 30 is plenty!” by most people I mean my sister who’s a sun goddess and thinks the lower the better so she can maintain her healthy glow. Me? I’m a vampire. When I get outside and into the sun I hiss and backup into the shadows not to mention my body starts to smoke and if I’m really out in it too long I burst into flames.

No but seriously, I do try the avoid the sun when possible but I’m out in it a lot regardless because of that little thing called life. I tend to go with a higher level of SPF because it obviously means you can stay outside a lot longer.

If I’m at the beach or the pool I reapply sunscreen every two hours. It’s a lot easier to reapply sunscreen when you’re poolside because you don’t have a ton of makeup on your face. I don’t wear eyeshadow, mascara, etc to the beach or the pool. At best I apply some cheek stain and curl my lashes prior to heading to an outdoor activity like swimming or tennis. So, in these instances I’m quite diligent about application.

My problem is I never reapply sunscreen during say I normal work day or when I’m running around with friends on a Sunday from place to place like brunch, some shopping, to the movies. I mean, it’s a little hard to get through a work day, head out for the evening, and reapply sunscreen over your makeup.

Do you do it?

I’m guilty of not reapplying it.

How often do you reapply your sunscreen during an average day? Not one when you’re at the pool or the beach but just your average day.

Do you bother?

Or do you not do it at all?

Do share!

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  • Carol

    You are right, it is hard to reapply it if you already have makeup on, so no I do not do that. I put it on in the morning and that’s it. However, as far as my body, if I am going to be outside for an extended period of time at a concert or even eating outside then yes, I do reapply it. I just got a rather large tattoo on my shoulder and am extremely paranoid about that baby getting one UV ray on it!

    But like you, if I am at the pool, yes I reapply it every two hours or whenever I get out of the pool since I don’t wear makeup at the pool.

    • Isabella Muse

      concert def or eating outside, pool, etc but soooo hard to just reapply with a face load of makeup on!

  • Michelle

    I reapply like a beast at the pool but no I really don’t during a normal day……Now I will judge how much I plan to be out in a day and tailor my SPF to the day…..So if I know I will be out a lot I put on my La Mer SPF 50 before makeup. But if it is just in and out of the car I use my normal SPF 15 face moisturizer. I do apply SPF to my arms and chest before I leave but no I don’t reapply that either during the day. (I use SPF 30 on my chest because I don’t want to see that age)

    Winter is when I am naughty with SPF and tend to leave without any. Super guilty of that but hope to improve.

    • Isabella Muse

      I’m like that too. I am so good about reapplication if I am sitting at the pool or playing tennis or if I know I’ll be in the sun doing some sort of activity like Disney or something I’ll totally reapply. But going in and out of stores, shopping, etc I find it impossible to reapply it. It’s just too messy! Haha! Lots of people are bad with Winter SPF!

      • Michelle

        Yes amusement parks I go SPF nuts (we hit the locker every two hours or I carry it with me)! Plus it helps cool you down. I will be doing Magic Mountain and Disneyland this week and of course have plenty of mini-spf sprays to cover me head to toe several times!

  • Ari

    I used to be super obsessive about sunscreen reapplication! I am a goth-inclined pale girl and I don’t particularly like how I look with a tan. I was living in Florida for 4.5 years for college and I was really diligent about reapplying every two hours or anytime I had to go outside. Especially after going to the beach and seeing people tanning themselves to the point where their skin looks like leather…*shudder* But back then I also didn’t wear makeup very much. Fast forward to now, I tend to wear makeup a lot more frequently for work or for fun and it’s always a question of how to top up without destroying it! I’ve definitely gotten some color this summer because of it. But if know I’m going to be outside walking around for long periods I skip the makeup and slather on the spf!

    • Isabella Muse

      me either! I feel like my skin looks dull and muddy when I’m tan! It’s hard having to reapply when you have a face full of makeup on! I wish someone would create an 8 hour SPF haha!

  • Beth

    I reapply on weekdays when I go home at lunch. It’s a chore but I notice a difference in my skin. If I don’t reapply midday, I’m all blotchy from sun exposure by the time I drive home.

  • Silvia

    I never reapply especially when I was running marathons for many years is just impossible you are training to beat your time and who wants to carry more junk than your Gatorade and Gu I even hated to carry a belt but much needed for keys and chapstic and some change. But I burn instead of tanning easily like a shrimp in few minutes so I made sure I covered myself in the sticky substance (hate them all) my favorite is Copper tone spray great for racing back tank tops.
    Would like to mention I hadn’t received emails in a long shot I thought since you were busy with family matters I thought it was that but tried to enroll again and nothing. Just signed up again hoping it works this time. Weird? For a few months indeed hadn’t heard from the great Muse. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Patricia

    I apply sunscreen everyday before leaving my house and reapply it before lunch (around 30min before). Iยดve put a daily alarm to not forget, as I have some melasmas and I donยดt want to get them darker or bigger.

    Iยดm a fan of Japanese sunscreens. Theyยดre super light and effective. I want to buy the Sarafit in a spray version for a quicker reapplication.

    I even have a powder sunscreen in my car, just in case.

    • Isabella Muse

      You are awesome. I’m a fan of Japanese sunscreens as well for many years but sadly, even those are hard to reapply mid-day for me as it’s a little messy with makeup on ๐Ÿ™ sad sigh!

  • BabyBeans

    I never have the time for sunscreen. First I have to wash my hands, or I will just be rubbing dirt and stuff into my face and body. Then I have to somewhat cleanse the area or it will again, be a bunch of oil and dirt being rubbed into my skin. It makes second applications unappealing because I have broken out many times from applying sunscreen too often. And of course if I have makeup on, can’t reapply over it at all.

  • Christina

    I’m bad, I only use SPF if I’m outside doing chores or at the pool (and I will reapply like every 30 minutes there) . I have yet to find an SPF that does not make me shiny/greasy w/in a few hours – even the co-called “matte” or “dry” ones. I know, I know…I did order the new Glossier sunscreen, maybe this will be “the one”

    • Isabella Muse

      Agreed! Many do make me shiny/greasy. That’s why I love Japanese SPFs! But the alcohol content is drying in those at times ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Amber G.

    A neat trick I learned that doesn’t really mess up my makeup is to use spray sunscreen on a makeup sponge and use that to blot around your face. It’s the easiest way I’ve found to reapply during the day if I have makeup on.

    • Patricia

      Hi Amber! Which spray sunscreen do you use? I loved your trick! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • J

    I do not reapply unless I’m going to be out in the sun for some activity, like hiking or the pool or beach. I agree is too hard to reapply over makeup! However, I have a face powder with SPF 30 that I got to dust over my face throughout the day as a way to reapply my sunscreen because I wanted to get into the habit. But even then I forget and have not been doing it!! I guess I’ve never been one to touch up throughout the day and my purse isn’t big enough for the extra makeup and brushes either :

  • genevieve

    Living in Australia, Melbourne specifically, sunscreen has been a mantra here for decades – especially as the hole in the Ozone layer was over our hot, summery city.
    The trouble was that a lot of sunscreens in the past reacted to my skin and made them incredibly itchy and red. So I either had to stay indoors as much as possible (I am a redhead with super pale skin – no tanning here) or cover up as much as possible.
    Fortunately the sunscreens in the past couple of years have been so much better: I have sunscreen in my daily moisturiser (La Roche Posay SPF 50 Ultra light) and in my foundation too. I take care to wear short sleeved tops and replenish my sunscreen whenever I go outdoors.
    However, I totally understand where you are coming from Muse because I hate the hot sun with a passion and reapplying sunscreen to your made up face is a hassle. But if you reapply to your arms, legs, chest etc. and wear a hat, it makes all the difference.

  • Lauren

    I don’t reapply if I’m indoors all day but I do reapply when I am spending time outdoors. To reapply over makeup, I use the Supergoop SPF spray. It does make me feel a little greasy, but I blot before spraying it. I also order a TON of sunscreen every summer so I always have sunscreen on hand. I am 38 and only became good with sunscreen in the past few years.

  • Emily

    I don’t wear it daily . I don’t see how it’s possible to get burnt going from car to building . I wear 30 at pool and get a lot of tan .