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Paula’s Choice is more than happy to provide you with information about products with sun protection, so that every day you can ensure you give your skin the best possible protection from harmful UV rays. Thankfully, that does not mean you have to keep reapplying a sunscreen every two hours.
You really do not have to reapply sunscreen every two hours. Sunscreens are broken down by the effects of direct exposure to daylight, not by the passage of time. During an average day – a work day, let’s say – the sunscreen you applied in the morning will still offer enough protection at the end of the day. That is, assuming you have applied enough in the morning and that you will be doing most of your daily activities or your job indoors.
Take note: UV rays can pass through glass. You won't burn, but there is a risk of sun damage if you are sitting next to a window.
If you spend the main part of your day outside, then we do recommend that you reapply your sunscreen every two hours, especially if you perspire a lot or go swimming.
When a product has an SPF of at least 30, it provides active protection against UVA and UVB rays and is just an effective as a standard sunscreen. A day cream usually also contains additional ingredients that are beneficial to the skin (such as antioxidants and skin-repairing substances).
The best thing to do after applying a sunscreen product is to wait at least twenty minutes before going outside, as the active synthetic ingredients (such as avobenzone, octinoxate and oxybenzone) need some time to work effectively.
The active mineral ingredients (titanium dioxide and zinc oxide) do give instant protection against the sun. You should use a mineral sunscreen on your hands and reapply after washing them.
Mineral and synthetic sunscreen products can be used on top of one another. Many skincare specialists even recommend that you do this for the best level of protection against the sun.
You can apply a foundation over your product with a sunscreen but do give the sunscreen product time to absorb into your skin to prevent the sunscreen from being overly diluted. You can then carefully apply your foundation. If you don’t want to wait, choose a foundation or tinted day cream with a SPF of at least 30.
Do not just use makeup with a SPF to protect yourself from the sun. Most people don’t use enough foundation, BB or CC cream (or do not apply it in sufficient quantities or evenly enough), which means they have insufficient protection.
Compact powders or loose powders alone do not offer enough protection against the sun. However, they are suitable for touching up your makeup quickly and as such add a touch of additional protection against the sun.
If the tinted moisturiser or foundation has a SPF of at least 30, it is fine to mix them. If the SPF is lower, you can only add a few drops. Otherwise you will dilute the sunscreen too much.