Is Makeup With SPF Really Enough to Prevent Sun Spots?

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Is Makeup With SPF Really Enough to Prevent Sun Spots? Makeup with SPF has become a big thing on the market today and with the worry about sun damage, these days can makeup with SPF really replace your sunscreen? Will makeup with SPF really prevent sun spots and other signs of sun damage? Is there really any point to using sunscreen at all if your makeup already has SPF in it? Is SPF in makeup and skincare just a gimmick by the cosmetics industry to get more sales? Let’s take a closer look at the facts and see if it really is enough to prevent sunspots.

What Actually Are Sun Spots?

Sun Spots are darker or lighter patches of the skin and come in a variety of different shapes and sizes. Everyone is likely to get sunspots at some point in their life and they are most likely to appear on places that have the most exposure to UV rays and sun damage such as your nose, cheeks, upper lip, the back of your neck and the back of your hands. They can be flat but they can become raised and dry over time.

What Causes Sun Spots?

Sun spots are caused by sun damage. Every time you expose yourself to UV rays you’re causing sun damage to your skin and thus causing Sun Spots. Sun Spots are a sign of sun damage on the skin and once you have them, the more you expose your skin to UV rays, the darker they become. Although sun spots themselves are harmless, the more you expose yourself to UV Rays, the more you’re at risk of getting skin cancer.

The Reality of SPF in Makeup

The reality of SPF in makeup is not actually that the amount in the bottle is false but more that you need to use a lot more for it to be effective. You’d need to completely cake your face and add layer after layer of foundation for it to actually be an effective replacement to your sunscreen. In fact you’d need to apply seven times more liquid foundation and fourteen times more powder foundation than normal for them to be effective as sunscreen!

So, What’s the Risk of Skin Cancer in Young Women?

Skin Cancer has become an epidemic, with between two and three million cases of skin cancer reported every year. In fact, women under 45 are disproportionately affected by skin cancer and it’s on the rise. Yes, reported cases of melanoma in women under 45 is increasing so it’s more important than ever to make sure you’re protected against UV rays.

Are You Using the Right Sunscreen?

You need to make sure that you’re using the right sunscreen to protect against UV rays and sun damage. Choose a sunscreen with SPF 15 or more, but for cosmetic reasons like stopping sun spots and preventing the signs of aging caused by sun damage, it’s best to opt for SPF 50. You need to make sure you’re also choosing a sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays.

How do you Apply Sunscreen Correctly?

You need to make sure that you’re applying your sunscreen at least 15 minutes before leaving the house. Apply about a teaspoon to your face, ears and neck, allow it to absorb into the skin and dab off the excess with a tissue before washing your hands and applying your makeup.

How Often Should You Reapply Sunscreen?

Actually, you need to be reapplying sunscreen every 2 hours for it to be effective. And don’t think that just because it’s winter you don’t need to use it because UV rays still damage your skin even when you can’t feel the heat of the sun. Don’t forget that UVA rays can still damage your skin through windows so even if you’re in the office all day, you still need to be applying that sunscreen every 2 hours. So can you imagine if you were just relying on your foundation with SPF? You’d need to be applying 7 layers of foundation every 2 hours; you’d be like a Russian Doll of makeup by the end of the day!

Can Makeup with SPF Still be Beneficial?

Actually, yes makeup with sunscreen has added benefits to just wearing sunscreen alone as most people don’t apply their sunscreen evenly or use enough of it to be effective. So when you’re using makeup with SPF you’re actually adding extra protection against sun damage; two products are better than one. Another benefit of using makeup with SPF in is that most people forget about protecting their lips from sun damage so lipstick and lip balms with SPF in are extremely beneficial for those of us who are neglectful of our lips!

You Can Double Up with SPF in Skincare

Using skincare with SPF in as well as your regular sunscreen and your makeup with SPF in will be even more beneficial. Not only using moisturizer with SPF but also using an ye cream with SPF and lip balm with SPF will give you added protection. A lot of makeup and sunscreen are not suitable for use on the delicate eye area so eye cream with SPF is beneficial to protecting your eye area from sun damage if you don’t want to be applying thick sunscreen to that area.


So, is Makeup with SPF in Really Enough? Long story short, no, it’s not. But there are benefits to using makeup and skincare with SPF in as it will only increase your protection against sun damage further than using sunscreen alone. So really, if you want the best protection against sun damage and prevent getting a dull complexion, it’s highly recommended that you use normal sunscreen alongside skincare and makeup with SPF. Don’t forget to make sure you’re using lip balms or lipsticks with SPF in too!





Guest Post by Kathy Mitchell

Author Bio:

Kathy Mitchell is a Travel & Beauty Blogger. She likes to Go Out with her Friends, Travel, Swim and Practice Yoga. In her free time, you can find Kathy curled up Reading her Favorite Novel, or Writing in her Journal. She has written many product reviews including Blue Copper 5. To know more about her follow her on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.

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