Lima Maribona points out, the absorption of the SPF chemicals, even in physical ingredient like zinc or titanium, may also come into play now that there’s a mask in the mix—so you still want to be sure to follow the regular rules when it comes to application. (The American Academy of Dermatology recommends applying to dry skin 15 minutes prior to going outside and lists the magic time slot for reapplication as every two hours when outdoors, or after swimming or sweating, according to the directions on the bottle.
One positive side effect he’s found during the COVID-19 era: Wearing a mask—that exact same cloth face covering the CDC recommends for slowing the spread of the virus—provides a level of sun-safety. “Some people complain that masks are hard to wear,” he says. “Honestly, now that I have a mask on me at all times for COVID, I take it out and put it on when I’m in the sun as well.
Melville, NY dermatologist Kally Papantoniou, MD offers this tip: “They will not be on all the time, so you should still make sure to have a nice layer of sunscreen covering the full face,” she says. “The mask can wipe off sunscreen, just like it wipes off makeup, so remember to reapply when it is removed.
Janice Lima-Maribona agrees that anything that gives your skin coverage does add an extra layer of sun protection. “However, I would take into consideration anything occlusive you may be wearing under the mask, which can contribute to ‘mask acne’ or ‘maskne,’” she says. Plus, as Dr.