We all know how important SPF is for preventing not only skin cancer, but also the photodamage that causes signs of aging in your skin. No matter what season it is, sunscreen is a vital step in your daily skin care regimen. To find out what sunscreens are best for your skin type, keep reading.
With temperatures fluctuating as of late, skin can sometimes take a beating, especially if your SPF is out of whack. But with a few sunscreen strategies on hand, hopefully your biggest worry will be limited to what flavor margarita to get while dining al fresco. Get three sun protection tips when you read more.
Some face lotions that offer sunscreen don't always live up to the hype, whether they wind up greasy or lose their staying power after a few hours. But VBeauté Day Job Sun Protection Crème ($38) can actually keep its day job. Feather-light, matte, and chock-full of SPF 30, this little bottle will become your new best friend. The clincher is the micronized zinc, a physical sun blocker that shields against UV rays, thus slowing down premature aging. And since it all but melts into your skin, this sun-protecting cream slides easily under makeup. Invest the bucks to keep your face looking great 24/7.
Question: Is the SPF in your favorite foundation enough to protect your skin? Answer: Not really. While your color cosmetics may be labeled SPF 15 or more, there are other factors that could be keeping you from getting the protection you need.
Why is an SPF foundation not enough?
In order to get the full protection of any SPF product, you should use about a teaspoon (which is about the size of an almond) on the face and neck. On average, however, most people only use pea-size portions of foundation and only on the face. Also, many apply product unevenly, making SPF coverage uneven.
What about powder formulas?
Recently, The New York Times featured an article on sunscreen and makeup, where Dr. David Colbert explained the inconsistency of powders. "Powders are millions of little particles. They can't form a uniform shield," he said. "They're a physical sunblock in a way, but they let too much light through."
When should I apply my sunscreen?
Apply a generous layer of broad-spectrum SPF moisturizer to your face and neck before you apply your foundation. If your sunscreen makes your skin appear oily, try applying a mattifying primer before your foundation. If you want to avoid the chalkiness some sunscreens can cause, reach for a formula that has chemical ingredients, like avobenzone or oxybenzone, as opposed to mineral protectants zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
How do I reapply SPF over makeup?
While SPF BB creams and foundations might not carry enough protection for your initial layer of sunscreen, all these products are ideal solutions when it's time to reapply your sun protection. A product like Colorescience Loose Mineral Powder ($60) adds protection over the base layer of sunscreen without disrupting your makeup.
While the good things about Summer (fireflies at dusk, piña coladas by the pool, fresh caprese salads) outweigh the bad, there are still some challenges that this warm-weathered season poses. Hair color can fade in the sun, and those harmless-looking espadrilles you just bought may even leave you ridden with painful blisters. And when it comes to your mug, makeup slippage and sunburns are just a few setbacks you may encounter. Fret no more. Learn four tips for getting a fresh face — even when faced with sun and sweat — when you keep reading.
When Summer hits, it's time to switch from heavy foundations to a tinted moisturizer. You could splurge on something new, or just whip up this DIY product with things you already have in your cosmetics case. There's nothing fancy about this recipe, but it works. If you use loose powder mineral makeup, you can make your own custom-blended tinted moisturizer by mixing it with the face lotion you use. It's the perfect solution for Summer because you can add the tinted powder to your favorite sunscreen for extra protection.
Try blending a nickel-size amount of La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 facial sunscreen ($30) with a bit of Alima Pure satin matte foundation ($25) on your hand. A little mixing creates a smooth tinted moisturizer that you can adjust as needed. The more powder you put in, the higher the coverage. Easy, as promised.
Summer is nigh, which means sunscreen should be a top priority on your shopping list. But since these products tend to go fast, there's no need to spend beaucoup bucks on SPF. Luckily, we've rounded up 10 of the best sunscreen products available in drugstores now . . . and they're all $10 or less.
Spending some time in the Summer sun is a blast — until you start to burn. In honor of Don't Fry Day, the sun protection awareness day that takes place each Friday before Memorial Day, we've found a few apps to help keep your skin out of burn-and-peel territory. From local UV index forecasts to personalized product suggestions, these apps are sure to turn your beach days into smooth sailing. Hoping to avoid a postvacation sunburn nightmare? Download these apps to make smart sun protection a breeze.
True or false? An SPF of 100 protects you twice as long as SPF 50. The answer is a resounding false, with the difference between the two being so little it can be considered negligible.
This is the issue that watchdog organizations such as the Environmental Working Group are hoping to make public on the coattails of the US Food and Drug Administration's recent update of federal requirements for sunscreen. The push, which was put into place last year, bans terms such as "waterproof" from sunscreen bottles, as well as enforces that formulas block both UVA and UVB rays. Consumer groups are now arguing that high SPF numbers are just as misleading and dangerous as terms like waterproof.
"The high SPF numbers are just a gimmick," Marianne Berwick, professor of epidemiology at the University of New Mexico, told the Associated Press. "Most people don't really need more than an SPF 30, and they should reapply it every couple of hours." High SPF numbers, on the other hand, lead consumers to believe that they can spend more time in the sun without reapplying. Find out the truth about SPF numbers when you keep reading.