Any beauty products (e.g. BB cream, mineral foundation) with SPF protection will protect you from the sun right?
Groannnn. So my mineral foundation doesn’t actually have SPF 20 protection?
Yes mineral foundations and BB creams do actually have SPF protection as stated. The problem is that neither actually go on the skin very evenly so you may actually have patches of skin that have more product than other areas. Many people (including me!) simply slather on their BB creams in morning and may also forget to fully cover their necks as well. Mineral foundation provides a bit of a physical barrier, but it is composed of dozens of small particles that may still let light seep in; at the end of the day it just does not create as tight a barrier on your skin as one created from a lotion. Less sun protection = more exposure to wrinkles and harmful cancer causing UVB rays.
I was interested and started researching what SPF means here. But after reading this article, I also learned that it isn’t just about finding a product with SPF protection, but finding and applying the right products with SPF. The FDA is similarly concerned about UV rays and have companies in the US scrambling to relabel and remove SPF claims from their products if they do not provide broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection.
In the meantime, these are the steps I take to really ensure that I am using the right products to protect my skin:
1. Use broad spectrum SPF protection
The SPF on sunscreens technically only refers to the amount of UVB protection. Look on the label to confirm that it will protect you for UVA and UVB rays. When I go back to France, I am completely loading up on my favorite and effective product – La Roche Posay Anthelios sunscreen (yes it is cheaper there!)
2. Cover your neck
Doctors and dermatologists keep on reminding us not to forget the delicate skin on our necks. Apply sunblock liberally there!
3. Be careful of uneven coverage
More is more. While I may tend to load up on my T-zone, I certainly won’t forget to apply a liberal amount of product all over my face!
4. Use a combination of products
Unfortunately, one product isn’t enough for full coverage.
Based on the article, I would recommend these products in this order:
– Sunblock in a lotion/cream form
I just apply this every morning now after I wash up. I find that this also gives the product time to seep into my skin as well and I will at least have the minimum of sun protection.
– BB cream
I like using BB Cream as a primer and also to give my skin light coverage. I’ve heard great things about Garnier Skin Renew Miracle perfector BB Cream (talk about a long name right?) and just purchased it.
– Mineral foundation (optional)
I don’t really have time for this step at all times. But I do like how my face is less shiny with a few swipes of my trusty Bare Minerals foundation. Now, this isn’t the only product I have on my face, but it may likely be the last product.