Skin care professionals get asked this grueling question all the time: “Do I need to wear sunscreen if my makeup has SPF in it?” While cosmetic companies have attempted to include SPF in their products, the reality is that most are not formulated with enough sunscreen properties to provide patients with adequate coverage. So, the short answer is, yes, you do in fact need to use a sunscreen in addition to your makeup with SPF.
When shopping for sunscreen, look for the words “broad-spectrum.” This means there are ingredients in the sunscreen that are protecting you from both UVA and UVB rays. (UVA is associated with skin aging; UVB is associated with skin burning). The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a sunscreen of at least SPF 30.
Oh, one more thing. You need to wear sunscreen every single day. It doesn’t matter if you’re going to be indoors all day-you will still be exposed to the sun. “Hi, windows!” Reduce the risk of skin cancer and slow down the signs of aging by using a sunscreen you actually like. Check out some of our providers favorites below!
Powder Sunscreen: ColoreScience Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush-On Shield SPF 50
Want on the go convenience? The brush on shield is great for on-the-go application and it’s the only powder sunscreen recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation for Active use.
BB Cream: Revision Intellishade Original SPF 45
If you’re looking for your sunscreen to go the extra mile, then this one is it! This is a 5-in-1 daily anti-aging moisturizer featuring SPF protection! It helps correct, protect, conceal, brighten, and hydrate the skin. This product also offers excellent light weight coverage for those looking for just the right amount of glow.
Oily/Acne Skin: EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46
Finding a sunscreen for sensitive skin can be hard. If you’re prone to acne and rosacea, this product is a great option. With a blend of niacinamide, hyaluronic acid and lactic acid, these ingredients promote the appearance of healthy-looking skin. Also comes in a tinted formula.
Normal to Dry Skin: EltaMD UV Daily SPF 40
An award-winning sunscreen with multiple benefits? Yes, please. The Daily not only boosts moisture retention, but also helps to diminish fine lines. Sign me up!
Post-Procedure/Sensitive Skin: SkinMedica Essential Defense Mineral Shield SPF 35
Simple, yet elegant. This sunscreen will not clog pores, is hypoallergenic, and paraben free. No chemicals. No fuss.
The MVP: SkinMedica Total Defense and Repair
We like to save the best for last. This sunscreen goes beyond UV protection; it also supports the skin to restore itself. “TDNR” protects skin from harmful IR-A rays and improves the appearance of sun damage skin all while reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. What else can a person need?