You hear it again and again: you must apply sunscreen every day to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays. However, if you are a girl who is as obsessed with makeup as I am, at least without foundation and mascara will not leave home, you may find it difficult to find a way to incorporate this skin-saving staple into your daily beauty routine.
I am very worried, “I will break out? Will it make me look like a cake? How to reapply all day without makeup?” I have a lot of concerns, but completely apply sunscreen for good contours. A choice. Sunscreens not only help prevent skin aging, but studies have also shown that regular daily use can reduce the risk of both squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma.
It may be tempting to give up sunscreen and buy cosmetics that contain sunscreen ingredients, but experts caution not to do so. “Most cosmetic formulations lack adequate protection from UVA rays, and UVA rays are available throughout the year and can even pass through window glass,” said Dr. Amy Taub, a Chicago dermatologist. “UVA exposure is associated with melanoma, freckles, hyperpigmentation and wrinkles.”
After years of experimentation (not to mention the career of working with great skin care brands and dermatologists!), this is what I have learned:
SPF moisturizer or facial sunscreen?
If you use a moisturizer, make sure it contains sunscreen ingredients. There are many different formulations to suit almost everyone’s skin types and preferences. If you are prone to acne, choose an oil-free product. Looking for a little color? Try colored. In any case, if you rely on a humectant for sun protection, its SPF value should be 15 or higher and labeled as “broad spectrum”, which means it can prevent UVA and UVB rays.
If you don’t use a moisturizer (or if you prefer a formula that does not contain sunscreen), look for a sunscreen specially formulated for the face. These tend to be lighter than traditional sunscreens and are often made into cosmetics (say goodbye to cakes!) If you use facial sunscreen instead of moisturizers, consider using a moisturizing makeup primer.
Apply a moisturizer or facial sunscreen after cleansing in the morning. Don’t forget your nose, ears and neck, they are often forgotten and vulnerable to the sun.
Lay the foundation
For added protection, choose a foundation with an SPF of 15 or higher. Dr. Taub also suggested looking for specific ingredients when browsing cosmetic passages: “It is best to use cosmetics or BB creams that contain at least 5% zinc oxide,” she said. “I strongly believe that zinc oxide can achieve the best sun protection because it reflects UVA and UVB rays on the skin.
Can I use a variety of sun protection products to enhance protection?
Dr. Taub said that all stratified products containing sunscreen will not increase the amount of protection you receive. (meaning, SPF 15 Moisturizer + SPF 15 Foundation is not equal to SPF 30 protection) “You are more likely to benefit from the highest SPF products you use,” Dr. Taub said. Still, a variety of products that use sunscreen ingredients will ensure that your entire face is protected and you won’t miss a point.
After adding all the final touches (ie, blush, bronze, highlighter), use a finished powder or a styling spray (including sunscreen ingredients) for makeup. For re-application throughout the day, Dr. Taub recommends using a powdered sunscreen on the foundation.
You have it! You can start your day now without having to worry about harmful sun rays that will penetrate your skin or sacrifice your makeup. Take it away from those who frequent Sephora and hoard endless reddish hue – you will thank me later.