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Is the Sunscreen in Your Makeup Enough?

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Is the Sunscreen in Your Makeup Enough?

If you’re asking this question, you already suspect the truth. While it’s easy to find foundations and powders with SPF (sun protection factor) ratings, the SPF included in those products is not enough to provide adequate protection against UVA and UVB rays. Theoretically, it is possible to use enough makeup to protect yourself, but you’d need foundation significantly thicker than anyone would normally wear to get the protection included in your makeup’s SPF rating. Then, you’d have to make sure it’s evenly applied and doesn’t wipe off throughout the day.

Your best bet is to use a lightweight sunscreen under your makeup every single day. If you haven’t kept up with the world of sunscreen – don’t worry. That doesn’t mean applying an oily, coconut-scented paste every morning. Choose a sunscreen made to go under your makeup. Today, you can find facial sunscreens that work like primers, smoothing your foundation while keeping you safe from the sun. Our dermatologist recommends Cetaphil, CeraVe and EltaMD. EltaMD UV Clear is great for acne-prone skin and rosacea-prone skin, and Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Face can be found at most drugstores. Some people use tinted sunscreens, like EltaMD Physical and EltaMD Restore, as a makeup replacement.

Start with your moisturizing routine and give it a chance to dry before you move to the next step. Then, apply at least a teaspoon amount of your sunscreen (at least SPF 30) on your face and neck. Let that dry, then apply your makeup normally, with or without additional SPF. You can top it all off with a setting mist (they make them with SPF in them!) for a final layer of protection.

If you find your face feeling heavy or your makeup is not playing well with your sunscreen, don’t give up. There are dozens of different types of facial sunscreens these days and one of them will work for you. It’s worth the effort to keep yourself safe from the sun and help prevent signs of aging.

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