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Makeup is Not A Sunscreen According to Skin Cancer Foundation and Lakes Dermatology


Manufacturers attempt to entice you to buy their makeup with low SPF. Don’t be fooled. It’s not really sunscreen. It’s makeup.

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Dermatologists love multi-use, multi-purpose products, but sunscreen in makeup isn’t one of them. There are a number of reasons that makeup in sunscreen isn’t the same as applying a good, regular sunscreen. The first is that it’s a secondary purpose of the product, meaning the goal of the makeup is to be just that – makeup (foundation, powder, etc.) to cover flaws and unevenness of facial tone.

Even though some makeup has sunscreen ingredients, it doesn’t have the proper amount of coverage or the capabilities to protect against UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays. Additionally, for most people, one needs to use 7-14 times the normal amount of powder or foundation to get the SPF coverage stated on the makeup packaging. Who would do that?

Without the capabilities to protect against UVA and UBV rays, sunscreen makeup simply isn’t doing enough to protect skin from aging. More importantly, where one puts the makeup on the body is vital. The person using the sunscreen containing makeup would need to apply it to the neck, chest, ears, arms, and hands, as well as the face. Very few women put makeup all over their exposed body parts. So, the wearer isn’t getting any coverage in places they’re not applying it, meaning those places are susceptible to all the bad rays. Purchase a good sunscreen and apply it every single day to all exposed areas even when it’s cloudy and gloomy outside. A great sunscreen is one that’s a cosmetic sunscreen meaning it won’t leave one sticky, smelly, chalky, or shiny – it’s the perfect foundation for makeup. And this practice is also the key to great skin. Quite simply, one’s makeup just isn’t going to cut it as a sunscreen.

Everyone wants to prevent wrinkles and skin cancer, so people should be a dedicated sunscreen wearers. But is it possible to wear makeup with sunscreen without looking like a chalky mess? With so many foundations and other makeup products offering SPF, it’s tempting to use them for coverage rather than putting on sunscreen, which can by shiny, chalky, or just plain messy, especially under makeup.

“Giving in to that temptation would be a mistake,” says Dr. F. Victor Rueckl, director of cosmetic dermatology at the Lakes Dermatology.

“Makeup does not provide enough coverage. You need to use seven times the normally used amount of foundation and 14 times the normally used amount of powder to get the Sun Protection Factor (SPF) on the label,” Rueckl tells NanoPlanet.biz. No one does this.”

So how can a woman combine makeup with sunscreen to keep her skin healthy and looking it’s best? NanoPlanet turned to Katie Rueckl, manager of The Spa At Lakes Dermatology, and Jennifer Suchorski, medical assistant of Lakes Dermatology for a step-by-step guide to using sunscreen and makeup.

Here are their tips for success:

1. Select the proper sunscreen.

Even before a woman steps in front of the bathroom mirror, Katie suggests that she find a sunscreen that offers enough protection. The Skin Cancer Foundation advises people to use a moisturizer containing broad-spectrum sunscreen (which means it blocks both UVA and UVB rays) with an SPF rating of at least 15. Ingredients such as zinc oxide, avobenzone (Parsol 1789) or ecamsule (Mexoryl), combined with octocrylene and avobenzone work best with makeup and provide broad-spectrum sun protection.


Rueckl states: “Layer a physical sunscreen, such as Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer SPF 15, with a chemical sunscreen (Person & Covey’s Sol-Bar Avo or Person & Covey’s Shield) to block most of the sun’s rays. Sunscreen is one’s best defense, and no company can match the sunscreen expertise of Person & Covey. In fact, in 1966, SOLBAR® product became one of the first sunscreens to receive FDA approval. Since then, the family of SOLBAR® and ESTION products have become one of the most recommended sunscreen lines among dermatologists nationwide.”

Suchorski suggests: “A natural moisturizer, such as DML Facial Moisturizer, is light and smooth, good for dewy skin. Estion SPF 25 is a little richer, but has more of a matte finish. Both are also produce by Person & Covey. These products can be purchased at most dermatologist’s offices. It’s a fact; well-hydrated skin is better able to retain its elasticity and resiliency over time. The family of DML and Estion moisturizing products was designed with this in mind. Rich yet easily absorbed, their formulas help all skin types maintain softness and radiance without ever feeling greasy. Both DML and Estion facial moisturizers also provide full-spectrum sun protection.”

Suchorski added, “Complete your routine with your usual makeup, and don’t forget the lips. Lips have almost no melanin (the color is derived from tiny blood vessels beneath the skin) and so it’s up to you to protect them. If you don’t regularly wear lipstick, get in the habit of using a colorless lip balm with an SPF of 15 or higher. If lipstick is part of your makeup regimen, avoid the super-shiny, high-gloss lipsticks with little pigmentation. These act like baby oil for the lips, directing damaging UV rays right to the area you’re trying to protect. An opaque lipstick will provide better protection. Try to find one you like with an SPF rating of 15 or higher. If you’re wedded to the wet look, apply the colored lipstick first, then top with a gloss for shine.”

2. Apply sunscreen liberally.

“Apply a thin, even coat, approximately one teaspoon for face and neck,” Suchorski states, “And ears, if exposed.” Then, let sunscreen soak into the skin and dab the excess with tissue. After you finish applying sunscreen, wash the residue off of your hands before applying makeup.

3. If necessary, use an SPF eye cream.

If applying sunscreen in the delicate area around your eyes causes a burning sensation, the Skin Cancer Foundation suggests using SPF 15 eye creams.

The Skin Cancer Foundation states, “The sun is responsible for many signs of aging, and protecting your face from its rays helps keep your skin looking younger. That doesn’t mean you need to wear a heavy beach sunscreen every day — the right products can also protect your skin. Protecting your skin from the sun is one of the most important things you can do to keep your skin looking younger, longer. But it doesn’t mean you have to slop heavy, sticky sunscreen on your face every morning. You can get excellent day-to-day sun protection from your cosmetics.”

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