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It's important to keep your skin safe when you're out in the sun, but makeup with SPF isn't enough to adequately protect yourself from potentially harmful rays.
Exposure to the sun's UV rays without proper protection can lead to some serious health consequences,, so dermatologists strongly encourage the use of sunscreen every day (yes, even on cloudy days).
And even though you might be thinking that your makeup containing SPF is a suitable substitute for sunscreen, it's likely not protecting you from sun damage as well as you think.
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Even if your foundation contains SPF, you're likely not wearing enough of it to actually protect your skin
Using makeup that contains SPF isn't a bad idea, but you probably aren't applying enough of these products to actually protect yourself from the sun's rays, said, a dermatologist based in Massachusetts.
Essentially, you'd need to evenly apply about a nickel-sized dollop of sunscreen to your face and neck to get adequate SPF protection. Sarkar said that people generally tend to use about half of that amount when applying makeup like foundation or concealer, so they'd have to be applying quite a bit to get enough protection.
Plus, many beauty products typically only contain SPF 15 or SPF 20 and most dermatologists.
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To better protect your skin, try layering sunscreen beneath your foundation and then reapply every few hours using a special powder
If you want to be better protected from the sun, start by putting on a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 before applying makeup, said, a board-certified dermatologist based in California.
"The term broad-spectrum means it protects against UVA and UVB rays," she told INSIDER. UVA rays are the sun's aging rays and UVB rays are the sun's burning rays, she explained.
Once you have your face covered, Campbell said you also need just over an ounce of sunscreen to protect the rest of your body.
Reapplication is also necessary for total sun protection- and it's a step that's often overlooked when people are wearing makeup.
Sarkar said that if you get wet from swimming you should reapply immediately. If you're outdoors and sweating, you should reapply every two hours. And, if you are neither sweating nor outside, Sarkar said you should reapply sunscreen every four to six hours to maintain your sun protection.
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Nighttime is a time for skin renewal. But when makeup lays over pores, trapping dead skin and bacteria, it blocks the skin from shedding normally and thus renewing. Plus, she says, skin-destroying free radicals can cling to makeup. "We know that these cause photoaging and can lead to the formation of wrinkles," she explains. "By not allowing your skin to recover from oxidative stress that occurs during the day, you can wind up with prematurely aged skin." Free radicals, she adds, also lead to collagen degradation. While Dr.
If you're wearing makeup and don't want to slather sunscreen on top of it, both Sarkar and Campbell suggested opting for asunscreen to brush on throughout the day.
Sarkar also noted that it's important to remember that SPF doesn't have an additive effect - so SPF 25 from your sunscreen, SPF 15 from your foundation, and SPF 20 from your powdered sunscreen doesn't add up to SPF 60.
"No matter how many layers you apply, you can't get to a higher SPF than the number listed on the bottle," she said. "But you can certainly get less than that if you don't apply enough."
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Sun protection in winter: Do I really need sunscreen now?
Even though the sun is barely shining now, we also need protection from the rays in autumn and winter. Here we reveal why and with which sunscreen your skin is optimally cared forDo you really need sun protection in winter?
In the winter I do not get sunburned, so why should I use sunscreen? That is probably the credo of many people. "Fatal, because the sun is now weaker, but snow and ice reflect the UV rays so much that they can amplify by up to 90 percent," explains Dr. med. Katja Warnke from Nivea Product Development. In addition, the skin is much more sensitive in the cold season. "It hardly forms melanin, which is responsible for the tanning and thus the self-protection of the skin."From what duration outdoors should we protect ourselves from the sun?
That depends, according to Dr. Warnke from the sunlight. "In the snow-capped mountains, high UV filters are mandatory from the very first minute, without snow in the lowlands, you can make the protection of the time outdoors," recommends the skin care expert. A good indication of the intensity of the sun's rays is provided by the UV index (UVI). The internationally standardized measure reveals how strong the sun is currently shining. The larger the value, the higher the SPF should be. For comparison, a UVI of 1-2, as it is common in this country between October and March, is considered low. The sunburn risk is therefore low. Conversely, sunscreen with a low sun protection factor is sufficient - and does not necessarily have to be applied from minute 1 onwards. BUT: As UV rays are not only responsible for sunburn and skin cancer, but also the main cause of skin aging, you should use daily a day cream with sun protection factor - even in winter.Do I need a different sunscreen in winter than in summer?
Special products for the winter are usually richer. In other words, they are based largely on fats, not water. This is important because water-based creams could freeze on the skin in very cold weather. In addition, high-fat creams strengthen the skin barrier, helping to keep skin's natural moisture levels at a level.
Especially if you go on a skiing holiday, you should invest in a special winter sunscreen with a high SPF. You stay at home and the days below the 0 degree mark are limited? Then it also does the day care with SPF or the sunscreen rest from the summer. The main thing is to protect yourself at all!
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