Sunscreen in Cosmetics

You’ve probably noticed that your foundation includes an SPF (sun protection factor) on the label. In fact, lots of cosmetics have added an SPF factor. But are they actually providing you with sun protection?

Don’t Rely on Makeup to Protect Skin from the Sun

Most makeup with an SPF factor doesn’t provide adequate protection from the sun. Unless you wear a lot of makeup—and the outdoor lifestyle on the Gulf Coast doesn’t exactly encourage this—you aren’t getting much protection at all.

Instead, start your day by applying sunscreen to your face before you put on makeup. Find a moisturizer that offers an SPF of 15 or more, labeled with “broad spectrum protection,” which means it blocks out UVA and UVB rays.

You can also look for moisturizers with SPF 15 added in. Unless you have a very light complexion, stay away from moisturizers with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which can give you a kind of unsettling white pall.

Don’t dab sunscreen or moisturizer on like makeup. Cover your entire face, neck (front and back), and ears. Be careful around your eyes, though; some people find that area is too sensitive for sunblock or regular facial moisturizer. Get eye cream with SPF 15 instead.

Wash your hands when you’re done, especially if your next step is to apply makeup or prepare food.

SPF in Lip Products

SPF lip products are a good choice to use. If you use just balm, select one with SPF 15 and UVA/UVB protection.

Lipsticks also come with SPF. The more opaque ones seem to hold up better than high-gloss.

Reapply all sunblock on the face, body, and lips every few hours, especially if you’ve been exercising outdoors. Lip products should be applied more often and after eating and drinking.

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