Are you a self-proclaimed hoarder of primers, foundations, concealers or any other product that contains SPF? Well, your dedication to protect your skin from sun damage is definitely worth acknowledging, but sorry to burst your bubble, those SPF-infused makeup products aren’t doing your skin any favour, especially if you end up skipping on real sunscreen.
Such a bummer, isn’t it? Even though it may seem like your SPF-infused makeup products deliver enough protection from the sun, they don’t. Wanna know why? Read on to find out…
- They offer only UVB protection
- You need more protection than your SPF-infused makeup offers
- Makeup products have only chemical SPF
- You don’t reapply makeup throughout the day
They offer only UVB protection
A sunscreen usually offers protection against two types of rays – UVA and UVB. UVB rays are the ones that cause tanning and sunburn, but it is the UVA rays that are the real bad guys. Exposure to UVA rays can lead to problems such as skin cancer, pigmentation, ageing and dark spots. SPF-infused makeup provides protection against UVB rays only, which means that you are actually not giving your skin any real protection.
You need more protection than your SPF-infused makeup offers
The basic rule of makeup that most women follow is ‘less is more.’ Therefore even if that particular makeup product has enough SPF, the amount that you end up putting on your face isn’t enough compared to a traditional sunscreen. Remember, that for your sunscreen to deliver maximum protection, you need to apply ½ teaspoon of the product on your face and neck.
Makeup products have only chemical SPF
When it comes to SPF, chemical sunscreens dissolve and blend more easily in makeup products, but the same can’t be said about physical sunscreens. In order to incorporate physical sunscreen agents such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide in makeup, the formulation, look and feel of the product would need to be either changed or compromised. And according to experts, these physical sunscreen agents are what deliver the best sun protection.
You don’t reapply makeup throughout the day
The basic rule of wearing sunscreen is that you need to apply it every two hours for it to be really effective. But we don’t end up reapplying or retouching our makeup that often during the course of the day, that sort of defeats the purpose of SPF in makeup products and you end up getting almost no protection.