Most of the wrinkles and skin sagging that people experience with age is a result of exposure to the sun. Shielding skin from the harmful rays of the sun is one of the most effective ways to prevent premature aging. As a result, many cosmetic companies now sell make-up foundation with sunscreen to even out skin tone while providing some sun protection. But is this type of make-up with sunscreen really enough to protect your skin from the sun?
Is Foundation with Sunscreen Good Sun Protection?
It’s tempting to buy combo products, but no matter what the SPF is listed on the label of a make-up product, you won’t get that degree of protection unless you apply many times the amount you’d normally use. You’ll get a false sense of security if you depend on a foundation with sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun. The most important step you can take to protect your skin from the sun, and a make-up with sunscreen doesn’t offer enough sunscreen protection.
The reality is even with a stand-alone sunscreen, people rarely apply enough, and you need to apply even more if you’re using a product diluted down with make-up. The safest way to protect your skin is to use a solid sunscreen product that’s designed to be only a sunscreen – and apply it in sufficient amounts. It should take around a teaspoon of sunscreen to cover your face and neck.
Make-up with Sunscreen isn’t Good Sun Protection
Skip the foundation with sunscreen, and put on a stand-alone sunscreen with an SPF of twenty or greater that blocks both UVA and UVB rays before applying your make-up. Do this before going outside rain or shine all year round to get maximum sunscreen protection. Don’t forget to put it around your eyes and on your neck. Use a lip balm with sun protection on your lips.
Foundation with Sunscreen for Sun Protection: The Bottom Line?
Don’t depend on a make-up with sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays. Always wear a stand-alone sunscreen, apply it liberally – and wear it consistently. It’s the only way to adequately protect your skin from damage.
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