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Three Easy Ways to Sneak an SPF Into Your Beauty Routine


Most people who have an aversion to sunscreen just haven't figured out the right way to incorporate it into their beauty routine. Luckily, getting that SPF protection no longer means gooping on a layer of pore-clogging, impossible-to-wear-makeup-over sunscreen every morning. To help out, I've come up with three easy ways to sneak some sun protection into your day.

  • Primer: A primer goes on top of your moisturizer to even out skin texture, absorb oil, and hold foundation in place all day long. Smashbox has already released a SPF 15 version of its cult favorite Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer ($42). Or try the Clinique City Block Sheer Oil-Free Daily Face Protector SPF 25 ($16.50), a broad-spectrum sunscreen that can be worn as a light moisturizer or a primer.
  • To see two more super-simple ways to add an SPF to your routine, read more.

  • Foundation: Picking a foundation that contains an SPF is an easy way to get sun protection without adding an extra product to your routine. It can be in a form of simply a light-tinted moisturizer, or all the way up to a full-coverage foundation. A product like this LORAC ProtectTint SPF 30 Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer ($30) gives you light coverage and the benefits of an SPF without clogging your pores. If you prefer slightly more coverage, go for Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup SPF 20 ($11).
  • Powder: Powder has gotten a bad rap in the past, but if you choose the right one, you can dust on some SPF protection without looking too makeup-y. I recommend going for a bronzer so you can add a glow to your skin without the sun damage. Try Stila's Sun Bronzing Powder SPF 15 ($28). Or if you prefer powder foundation, check out the SPF 15 mineral powders from Bare Escentuals ($25).

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