How to Mix Makeup and Sunscreen for Protecting Your Skin

We’re all looking to prevent skin cancer and wrinkles and we all know that sunscreen is an effective product to use.  We all read number of articles about the importance of sunscreen and even if you look at DailyHealthNet’s articles, you’ll find number of them talking about sunsreen.  But putting makeup after sunscreen doesn’t look that great.

Now there are beauty products that provide sun protection factor or SPF but most dermatologist would tell you that these types of makeup products won’t offer the protection you need against sun.  So what do you need to do to look good and be protected at the same time?

1. Choose the suitable sunscreen.

Before you do anything, get a sunscreen that protect you against UVA and UVB rays with SPF rating of 15 or higher.  Compounds like zinc oxide,  Compounds like zinc oxide, ecamsule or avobenzone mixed with octocrylene and avobenzone perform best with cosmetic products and deliver wide spectrum sun protection.

2. Put on sunscreen liberally.

Put on a thin, even layer, roughly one teaspoon for neck, ears and face and let it soak into your skin.  Once you are done applying sunscreen, rinse off your hands before putting on makeup.

3. If needed, apply SPF eye cream.

If sun block irritates your skin around your eyes, use SPF 15 eye cream.

4. Use a foundation or tinted moisturizer with 15 or more SPF.

If you use makeup foundation or tinted moisturizer — a light foundation with sheer coverage — keep in mind that you should not depend on these items alone; they should be applied in addition to sunscreen. Even though sunscreen may be the most significant item to protect your skin from the sun, foundation or tinted moisturizer with SPF might help. Look at labels, and buy products with SPF 15  or more.

makeup5. Put on powder.

The Skin Cancer Foundation suggests using compressed powder with a sponge since the powder’s particles offer some protection from the sun, and powder will help keep sunscreen and moisturizer in place.

6. Don’t ignore the lips.

Take care of your lips with an SPF 15 or higher lipstick. Cover girl Triple Lipstick, SPF 15 offers broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection for lips, along with Mary Kay Sun Essentials Lip Protector Sunscreen SPF 15. Should you use lipstick for protection from the sun, use an opaque shade instead of a high-gloss lipstick with little pigmentation.

7. Reapply

You should use sunscreen throughout the day whether you are indoor or outdoor.  Even if it’s not sunny.

In case you are spending plenty of time outside, put on sunscreen on your face and lips every couple of hours.  So how would you handle your makeup routine?  Makeup professionals recommend dusting on an SPF clear powder once you re-apply sunscreen to keep shine down.  If you’re looking for an easier routine, just use lip color, mascara and lasting eyeliner.

Source – WebMD

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