What is Sunscreen Makeup?

Sunscreen makeup is makeup, usually foundation, powder and lipstick, that contains SPF protection against UV rays. Many people don’t like to wear sunblock because of its greasy feel and smell, and some people are sensitive or allergic to the chemicals in sunblock. Sunscreen makeup can help to provide SPF protection for your skin in addition to or instead of sunblock.

What Sunscreen Makeup Is and How It Works

These days, many foundation liquids, face powders and lipsticks come with SPF sun protection to prevent UV damage to your skin. Most SPF foundations and powders contain minerals, like titanium dioxide, that block the rays of the sun from reaching your skin. Chemical free SPF cosmetics can provide alternative sun protection for those with sensitive skin and allergies.

However, SPF makeup doesn’t offer complete protection from the sun. Over about two hours’ time, your foundation and face powder move around, settling into pores, fine lines and wrinkles. You’re left with gaps in your skin protection.

Using SPF Cosmetics Successfully

In order to get the most benefit from SPF cosmetics, first put on an SPF moisturizer. SPF moisturizers from brands like Olay are a bit more sophisticated than sports sunblocks. They absorb quickly and thoroughly so your foundation or face powder doesn’t take on a chalky, glazed appearance. Your moisturizer should have an SPF of at least 15.

Apply your SPF foundation or face powder over the moisturizer. Experiment with different SPF mineral foundations; these don’t settle into wrinkles and pores as quickly as traditional formulas do. Choose a powder or foundation with an SPF of at least 15. Top off with an SPF 15 lipstick to protect your lips.

Benefits of SPF Cosmetics

Sunscreen makeup can be a great alternative for those who don’t want to wear sport sunblock every day. SPF moisturizer and sunscreen makeup can be applied lightly, and they don’t leave your skin as oily as sport sunblock. You’ll avoid the strong chemical smells often associated with sport sunblock, and if you’re sensitive to the chemicals used in many sunblocks, you may find that SPF moisturizers and cosmetics aren’t so irritating for your skin. Many sunscreen cosmetics use minerals, like titanium dioxide, which act as a physical barrier between your skin and the rays of the sun.

Sun damage is one of the primary causes of wrinkles, fine lines and hyperpigmentation. Every time you go outside, you expose yourself to UV rays from the sun. Sun damage can accumulate over time even with limited sun exposure. Consequences of sun damage include:

  • Deep wrinkles
  • Dry skin
  • Red patches and visible veins
  • Freckles
  • Reduced elasticity 
  • Liver spots

Protecting your skin from sun damage as much as possible can slow the signs of aging and delay the development of wrinkles and age spots. Protecting your skin from UV rays is also the best way to prevent skin cancer, which can be deadly. SPF moisturizer and cosmetics can help you protect your health and your appearance.


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