The number one skincare rule? ALWAYS wear sunscreen. We all know it. However, so many of us rely on just the SPF in our foundations and moisturizers to protect our skin. But listen up ladies, a tinted moisturizer or foundation with SPF 20 ain’t gonna cut it! The solution? Wearing sunscreen as a base under your makeup. Keep on reading to learn the right way to wear sunscreen with your makeup!
WEARING SUNSCREEN 101
Step 1: Choose the Right Sunscreen
There are a few key things to look for when picking a sunscreen. First, always look for a sunscreen with both UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) protection (and with at least 40+ SPF). I always recommend a mineral sunscreen for your face because they are less likely to irritate your skin or cause an allergic reaction. Always go for a sunscreen with at least 20% Zinc Oxide, a mineral that sits on top of the skin and forms a physical barrier against the sun’s harmful rays!
My pick for an affordable option with Zinc and UVA/UVB protection? The Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Dry-Touch Sunscreen. It made this year’s Allure Best of Beauty list, so you know its a good one! Even though mineral sunscreens have a reputation for feeling heavy and leaving a chalky appearance, I found that this one is surprisingly lightweight and dries matte. Plus, it’s available on Amazon for like $7 bucks, so there’s no excuse for not wearing sunscreen!
Step 2: Cleanse
Just like any other skincare product, it’s always best to start with clean skin for best results.
Step 3: Moisturize
Moisturize as you normally would after cleansing your skin in the morning.
Step 4: Apply Sunscreen
Apply a generous layer (about a teaspoon) of the Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Sunscreen to your face and neck (ps. don’t forget the eye area). Massage this layer into the skin until it is fully absorbed.
Step 5: Apply Makeup
Always try and wait a few minutes before applying your foundation to allow your skin to absorb the sunscreen. Applying makeup right away could cause your makeup to slide around or crease, and we don’t want that! Once you feel the sunscreen has absorbed, continue with your foundation and concealer. When using sunscreen as a base for everyday makeup, I always recommend setting your face with a translucent powder which will help keep your makeup in place and get rid of any extra shine from your sunscreen. Bonus points for makeup with added SPF!
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