There are certain steps in your skincare routine that absolutely should not be skipped, and applying sunscreen undoubtedly tops the list. Right from preventing your skin from getting tanned and sunburnt to protecting against premature ageing, skin cancer, dark spot and various other skin problems, sunscreen is truly the hero product that keeps your skin youthful and problem-free in the long run.
But let’s be honest here for a minute – we’ve all had one too rushed mornings when we’ve skipped applying sunscreen thinking that the SPF in our makeup would be enough to protect our skin from sun damage. But does it, really? This is the exact question we’re going to be answering in this article today. Scroll down to find out…
- 01. Doesn’t provide UVA protection
- 02. You need more coverage than what makeup provide
- 03. Makeup doesn’t always have the right ingredients
01. Doesn’t provide UVA protection
Most makeup products are only formulated to provide protection against UVB rays, which is what prevents your skin from tanning. But you also need to protect your skin against UVA rays, which are responsible for causing problems like skin cancer, premature ageing, pigmentation, etc.
02. You need more coverage than what makeup provide
In order for your sunscreen to be effective, you’re supposed to wear a thick layer (about a tablespoon) just for your face. But in our endeavour to ensure that our makeup looks airbrushed, natural and non-cakey, we end up wearing a very thin layer, which is just not enough to protect your skin against harsh sun rays.
03. Makeup doesn’t always have the right ingredients
A traditional sunscreen is formulated using certain ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide and these ingredients help to protect your skin against UV damage. But these ingredients can change the formulation and wear-time of makeup products and therefore aren’t included in most makeup products. This is the main reason why makeup with SPF can never provide the right amount of protection against sun damage.
In order to protect your skin from sun damage, make sure to slather on a generous amount of a broad-spectrum sunscreen like the Lakmé Sun Expert SPF 50 PA+++ Ultra Matte Lotion Sunscreen before putting on makeup. The SPF and broad-spectrum protection of the sunscreen coupled with the SPF in your makeup end up providing the right amount of protection to keep your skin healthy, youthful and glowing.