Don’t wrinkle, wear sunscreen! If I could offer you only one tip for the future, it would be ‘apply sunscreen every single day.’

While you may have ignored your dermatologist’s sincere advice (of slathering enough sunscreen before stepping out), the least you can do is listen to your skin! If you have noticed that your skin is ageing sooner than it should, it’s a sign that the harsh UV rays of the sun are now officially damaging your skin, making it wrinkle before time. The excess exposure to the sun not only worsens your skin texture, but also leads to concerns such as dark spots, fine lines, hyperpigmentation… and worse, skin cancer. Scary, isn’t it? Well, if you haven’t been a regular with sunscreen, then it’s time to start now!

While most of us apply sunscreen just once after moisturising and before applying makeup, it is actually imperative to reapply every two hours. Even over your makeup. Yes, you read that right! Now, if questions like ‘what will happen to my makeup if I reapply sunscreen?’ or ‘won’t sunscreen over makeup make my skin feel sticky?’ are bothering you, hang in there… because the beauty world has a solution to every beauty woe.

reapply sunscreen over makeup hack

The hack

For the base layer that goes before your makeup, pick a sunscreen with a high SPF and apply it all over your skin, including your face, neck, and décolletage (don’t forget all the other areas that are exposed to the sun too). You can try the Lakmé Sun Expert Ultra Matte SPF 50 PA+++ Lotion, which has an ultra-matte texture and blocks up to 97 percent of the harmful rays of the sun.

Now that you’ve got your base layer of SPF locked in place, do your makeup and head out… but not without a setting spray that contains SPF! This is the easiest way to top up your skin protection without ruining your makeup. HANDS DOWN! Simply lug your setting spray with you wherever you go and spritz every two or three hours. Doing so will instantly refresh your makeup and at the same time provide your skin with that much-needed sun protection. Win-win!

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Alternatively, you can use the Lakmé Sun Expert Ultra Matte SPF 40 Pa+++ Compact and re-apply every three to four hours to protect your skin from the harsh UV rays.