In the last couple of years, there has been an increase in the number of SPF infused makeup products in the market. SPF is usually seen as individual sunscreen products or is present in our moisturisers and creams. However, today, you will find it in a variety of makeup products like compacts, primers, foundations, CC creams, blushes and setting sprays too. The question that’s on everyone’s mind at the moment is how effective is SPF when it’s in our makeup? To answer this question for us, we’ve looped in Dr Simal Soin, Founder, AAYNA Clinic.
According to Dr Simal Soin, she believes that sunscreen application is one of the most important elements of a good skincare regime, yet, often it is the most ignored one. A good sunscreen should have an SPF of 30 and above and should provide the skin with protection from both UVA and UVB radiation. Makeup foundation or creams with SPF usually have SPF in the range of 15-20 and provide no UV protection.
It’s interesting to note that while they do not provide sufficient protection from the harmful rays of the sun, it is still better than applying no sunscreen at all. However, from a dermatologist’s point of view, it is wiser to first apply a generous amount of sunscreen all over the face, neck, ears and lips, let it get absorbed, and then apply makeup. Not to mention, applying makeup with SPF, on top of a layer of sunscreen only has an additive effect, and is a good practice.
The bottom line is that makeup with SPF is good to use, but it should not be your only source of sunscreen. As Dr Simal Soin mentioned earlier, you should apply sunscreen first and later, layer it with SPF infused makeup. SPF makeup is great for daily use. However, if you need intense sun protection for those sunny days on the beach, only a sunscreen product will make the cut here. Think of it as double protection for your skin!
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