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Saving Face: your makeup’s SPF might not be enough!

June 24, 2013

Tinted MoisturizerA few weeks ago, I was devastated to find that my Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer might not offer the SPF protection that I assumed it would.  It turns out that a lot of beauty products that claim to offer sun protection – foundations, powders, tinted moisturizer,  BB cream, CC cream (probably DD cream) – don’t actually offer what the FDA considers broad spectrum protection, or protection from both UVA and UVB rays.

Last week, the New York Times published an article revealing why many makeup products that boast high SPF levels are not offering suitable protection:

  1. You likely apply your foundation and powder unevenly and skip your neck.  Therefore, you should use an SPF moisturizer underneath your skin tone products.
  2. While many products claim SPF 15+ protection, they don’t actually block both UVA and UVB rays.

Apparently, it is somewhat challenging to create a product that is has both broad spectrum SPF protection and a smooth, moisturizing texture.  Most of the major beauty brands are working on new technology to solve the problem.  I have full confidence that they will figure it out as long as their beauty junkies demand it!

In the meantime, make sure you double up – use both broad spectrum SPF untinted moisturizer under your SPF makeup products.

I will stop acting like your mother now.  But, for the record, she was right.  About everything.

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