Sometimes you want to protect yourself and look good under the bright skies and sunny days. This can be taxing on your flawless skin so it becomes necessary for your makeup and sunscreen to work together, but how do you achieve this without ending up with an oily mess? These are a few tips on how to use sunscreen with makeup and how to reapply it.
Beat the Heat, Protect Your Skin
The process of applying sunscreen is fairly simple so long as you remember to wash and cleanse your face before you use one. Once you’ve done this pat your face dry and then follow this with only a small amount of a really good sunscreen (which is worth the investment) on your neck and face, to avoid having your makeup sliding all over your face. Then pat off the excess and continue your regular makeup routine, starting with either foundation or translucent face powder which reduces the oily sheen which sunscreens have a tendency to create.
Purchasing a good sunscreen will only ensure that all the effort you go through applying it is actually worth while so don’t be stingy. Buy one that offers both UVA and UVB and at least a minimum SPF rating of 15. A few ingredients which you should look out for that work wonders include zinc oxide or avobenzone.
Reapplication is a must, because sweat is a constant irritation during summer and it washes away the sunscreen we apply during the course of the day. It’s probably best to do this every two hours but busy ladies can find this very hard, so whenever you get a chance will be just as good. When reapplying sunscreen you should really consider using a chemical based cream rather than a physical one because the latter is thicker and forms a sort of white coating over your makeup so you end up looking ghastly.
When you actually begin the application, you should put a tiny bit on your fingers, dot it all over your face and then in gentle, delicate circles rub it in, this way your makeup doesn’t get too smudged. Stick sunscreens are also a great choice for use in reapplication and don’t forget to use it on all the vital areas- nose, neck (front and back) cheeks and ears.
While these next few tips are not mandatory, they act more like an extra effort to prevent your skin from being damaged. First of all it’s a good idea to use a moisturizer after you wash your face if your sunscreen doesn’t act as one. Secondly rather than apply sunscreen and then follow it up with foundation you might want to consider mixing the two and turning it into a one step skin protector. There is a lot of makeup available today that already has SPF in it so if you’re just too busy or simply lazy you could consider purchasing them instead.
If you follow these tips on how to use sunscreen with makeup, you can keep the effect of UV ray at bay, thus protecting your skin from sun burn and unwanted tanning. You will need to be careful about touching it up but ultimately you will thank the heavens that you did when your skin looks soft and isn’t ten shades darker than the rest of your body.