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Why SPF in Makeup Isn't Enough


Summer has arrived, bringing along the scorching heat! Most of us avoid layering product after product on our skin because, let’s be honest, we end up sweating it off and that's not a cute look! So, although we completely understand why makeup with SPF may seem like a no-brainer, it should not be used as a replacement for your daily SPF. It's important to understand that relying only on the SPF in your makeup is not enough protection against harmful UV rays.

SPF, which stands for Sun Protection Factor, is a measure of how well a sunscreen or other skincare product protects the skin from the harmful effects of the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays. Makeup products that contain SPF are formulated to provide some level of sun protection, primarily against the sun's UVB rays. UVB rays are responsible for causing sunburns and can contribute to skin damage and skin cancer. While makeup products with SPF can protect, it's important to note that they should not be relied upon as the sole source of sun protection. The amount of makeup you typically apply may not be enough to provide the stated level of SPF protection, and it can easily be rubbed off or sweat off during the day.

Here are a few reasons why SPF in makeup may not be enough:

Insufficient Coverage: Most people do not apply a thick or even layer of makeup, which means they may not be getting the full SPF protection as indicated on the product. To achieve that level of protection, you would need to apply a generous amount of makeup, which is unlikely for most of us. No cake face here, am I right?

Incomplete Spectrum Coverage: SPF primarily measures protection against UVB rays, which are responsible for sunburns. However, there are also UVA rays that penetrate deeper into the skin and contribute to long-term skin damage, premature aging, and skin cancer. Many makeup products with SPF do not provide enough protection against UVA rays, as SPF only measures UVB protection. Look for broad-spectrum sunscreens that protect against both UVA and UVB rays, or call your girls at Beauty Care Choices!

Inadequate Reapplication: Sunscreen needs to be reapplied every two hours, or more frequently if you are sweating or hanging out on the beach. Since makeup is not typically reapplied throughout the day, because let's be honest who has time for that, your quick application of SPF in the morning may not provide enough protection throughout the day.

Inconsistent Usage: You don't always feel like wearing a full face of makeup. Makeup is not worn by everyone every day or in all weather conditions, so relying completely on SPF in makeup would leave your skin unprotected on days when you don't wear makeup.

If you're looking for sun protection, it's generally recommended to use a dedicated sunscreen with a broad-spectrum SPF of 30 or higher. Apply it generously to all exposed skin, including the face, before applying makeup. Then, you can use makeup products with SPF as an additional layer of protection. Remember to reapply sunscreen every two hours or more if you're sweating or swimming!

Now, before you get upset because you think we ruined your sizzling hot summer, we have a solution! Beauty Care Choices has a wide variety of broad-spectrum SPFs that will help keep your skin looking youthful and well-protected while your out catching a few rays! Protecting your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays not only is good for the health of your skin but will also help prevent premature aging on your skin. Call the experts at Beauty Care Choices to learn about all your options for SPF this summer!

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