Let’s get to the point. I know your foundation is SPF, but you’re mistaken if you think that’s got you covered. The sun’s rays are your skin’s last straw. But how to dress with makeup? Will it look too rooted? Or split your skin? But can it be reused without removing your makeup?
Questions and concerns abound when it comes to wearing sunscreen with makeup. In this article, I will address this very issue. Read.
Why is SPF so important? How does this work out?
SPF, or Sun Protection Factor, indicates how well your sunscreen can protect your skin from UV rays (UVA and UVB rays). UVA rays can penetrate your skin and cause age spots, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation.
And UVB rays give you sunburn and even cause skin cancer. Sunscreens containing inorganic chemicals can block both UVA and UVB rays.
Most dermatologists recommend a sunscreen lotion with an SPF of 15-50. Anything above 50 has not been proven more effective than SPF 50. A sunscreen with SPF 15 can block 93% of UV rays, and one with SPF 30 can block 97% of UVB rays.
However, some UV rays will still pass through the sun’s rays and reach your skin. Therefore, the SPF number indicates how long it may take for your skin to turn red in the sun.
In other words, the sun’s rays with SPF 15 will prevent your skin from reddening or peeling for about 15 times longer than it usually would. If your skin starts to burn in just 10 minutes, SPF 15 can prevent it for approximately 150 minutes (2.5 hours).
We suggest using sunscreen with Vitamin C, which is known to brighten the skin and give it that much-needed glow. Vitamin C, found in citrus fruits like oranges and lemons, is a natural protector against sun damage and fights the signs of premature aging. It does this by promoting collagen production and neutralizing free radicals.
So ladies, whether you wear makeup or not, don’t leave your skin alone in the sun. Protect your skin with the right sunscreen, hats, and scarves for a natural glow.
Yet the big question remains – can you protect yourself from the sun under makeup? How does this work out? Read on to find out the answers to these questions.
Sunscreen under makeup: Does it work?
Yes, of course! But it would help if you were careful about the sunlight you choose for your face. There are two ways you can add an extra layer of sun protection before wearing makeup:
- Apply a moisturizer with SPF
- Apply sunscreen to the face
If you want your sunscreen to work under makeup, always buy sunscreen specially formulated for the face. These sunscreens are lighter than traditional sunscreens and won’t leave your skin looking cakey. Also, if you use sunscreen on your face, make sure you use a primer on top of it.
When choosing a sunscreen, choose one with at least SPF 30 and any (or all) of the following ingredients:
- Zinc oxide
- Titanium dioxide
The zinc oxide and titanium dioxide act as a physical dome and reflect UV rays just like white paint reflect light rays. They don’t irritate your skin, either. It’s like wearing a mask under your foundation. But organic chemicals like avobenzone absorb UV rays and break them down to release heat.
You’re probably wondering why you need extra sun protection when your foundation already has SPF. Always keep crawling to know this.
Isn’t SPF on foundation enough?
You can’t rely on your makeup to protect your skin from UV rays. Why? Because it comes off easily, and that affects the coverage. Plus, when you wear sunscreen under your makeup, it creates a better base for your makeup.
Wait a few minutes after sunbathing and before applying makeup. Allow your skin to protect itself from the sun before continuing with your makeup. This should be the first step of your makeup every day. Apply sunscreen liberally. Don’t splash it.
Now let’s check out the steps involved in applying sunscreen with your makeup.
Here are some tips for using sun protection with makeup
1. Prep your skin
Before starting your makeup routine, prepare your skin for this extra protection. Apply sunscreen all over your face and neck and massage well. Pay attention to areas such as the forehead, near the hairline, the edges of the cheeks, and the sides of the chin.
These areas continue to be exposed to large amounts of sunlight. Never start applying sun rays from the middle of the face, as this way, you tend to miss critical areas. After using a coat of sun protection, reapply to these areas.
2. Apply primer
You can always skip this step if you want. But if you’re applying your makeup primer with sunscreen, you must do it correctly. Every skin care product goes under the primer. So, apply sunscreen first and then top it off with a primer.
3. Use a tinted moisturizer with SPF
Multitasking tinted moisturizer with SPF is your savior if you have sensitive skin. Always apply your heavy foundation with a light formula, such as a BB cream.
It’s not too difficult to find a BB cream that matches your skin tone and has SPF.
4. Apply the facility
If you’re not using a moisturizer or BB cream, apply foundation all over your face and neck. Blend well and follow with other makeup products.
5. Finish your look with a setting spray
A setting spray with SPF will keep your makeup in place and add an extra sun protection layer. After applying your makeup, you can also use this setting spray when blending your foundation or spritzing on your face and neck.
Now that you’re done with your makeup, your next concern is how to apply sunscreen over your makeup. Sunlight should be reapplied every 2-3 hours (or whatever application time is indicated on the bottle). But won’t it ruin your makeup? Well, I’ve got you covered!
How to apply sunscreen over makeup?
There are many ways to apply sunscreen without ruining your makeup. Check them out!
1. Brush some powder over your makeup
Powder sunscreen helps when you’re not in the mood to smudge or smudge your makeup. Take powdered sunscreen on a large makeup brush and sweep it all over your face and neck.
Sunscreen powders are primarily waterproof and give you a picture-perfect makeup look. These powders can control facial oil and are helpful for humid days.
2. Spray face sunscreen over makeup
Spray sun protection is affordable, although it doesn’t provide as much coverage as lotions and creams. Apply sunscreen generously to cover every inch of your face and neck. Could you not touch your face until it dries?
Another thing you can use is a makeup setting spray with SPF. Spray it on your face and wait for it to dry. Top it off with some loose powder.
3. Try compact powder with SPF
If you are not a fan of powders and creams because you are too worried about the fallout, you can go for a compact powder. There are quite a few options for compact powders with SPF. Always choose one that offers broad-spectrum sun protection and is waterproof.
4. Use mineral makeup
You can use a mineral foundation with SPF if you plan to be outside for a long time. Mineral makeup powders can also cover all areas of your face and neck. They help reduce sebum and increase sun protection.
5. Carry translucent powder
Translucent powder with SPF is easy to carry. You can use it to touch up your face and neck at any time of the day. Compared to other types of powders, translucent powders are pretty light.
Final words on applying sunscreen while wearing makeup?
Ideally, the sun’s rays work best when applied directly to your skin. But this is impossible for women who are always on the go unless you carry your entire beauty and makeup arsenal with you everywhere!
Don’t take chances with your skin when you go out! Sunlight is not the ultimate solution. I suggest wearing sunglasses, a hat, and full-sleeved clothing to protect your skin from UV rays as much as possible.
I hope this article has helped you understand how to incorporate sun protection into your daily sun protection and makeup schedule. Drop your questions and thoughts in the comments section below, and stay tuned to this space for more skincare updates.
It’s time to stop saying, “Well, y makeup will be ruined!” Excuse me, and keep your skin protected from intense rays. Your future self will thank you.