With so many sunscreen
, skin care and makeup products available with SPF these days, it’s easy to get confused in the beauty aisles. How many SPF products do you need? Which should be applied when, and what’s the best way to touch up throughout the day? Here are some quick beauty tips to common questions about how to layer your SPF in a pinch.Should my daytime moisturizer have SPF?
This is a definite yes. Pretty much the only time you want to leave the house without an SPF is at night, and choosing a daily moisturizer
with built-in SPF is a nice time-saver as it combines two morning
skincare steps into one. Bonus: you’ll never skip sunscreen because you’re running late—after all, when do you ever forget to apply moisturizer
? Just make sure to select one with SPF 30 or higher if it’s going to be your primary form of protection.
Try Clinique Super City Block Oil-Free Face Protector SPF 40
.Does my foundation need to have SPF?
You don’t necessarily have to have sunscreen in your foundation, but it does provide an extra layer of protection, which is never a bad thing. There are so many options on offer these days that you can just choose a formula based on your preferred foundation texture. If you like a liquid, try Lise Watier Teint Life Anti-Rides SPF 20
, if you prefer a stick, try Shiseido UV Protective Stick Foundation For Face Broad Spectrum SPF 37
, and if you like a powdered formula go for Pur 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Foundation
.What’s the best way to reapply sunscreen during the day?
It’s important to reapply sunscreen if you’re in the sun for a prolonged period, but let’s get real: it can disturb the makeup you carefully applied in the morning. Who wants smeary blush, bronzer and an unnatural sheen? Plus, it’s an awkward maneuver
when you’re on the go. Enter compact sunscreen/makeup hybrids! They’re convenient for desk or car touch-ups, they won’t spill in your bag, and they provide a nice matte finish.
Try Bioderma Photoderm Compact Mineral SPF 50+.
Do I need specific products for specific areas?
Most facial sunscreens can be used anywhere on the body (body sunscreens aren’t formulated to look good on your face, so stick to limbs and torso with those), but there are a couple of extra-delicate spots that you might want to consider a targeted product for, particularly for lips and under-eyes.
Lips are delicate, they’re prone to burning
, and they’re often forgotten. They need regular touch-ups because they’re always talking, eating and drinking. If you’ve ever gotten sunscreen in your mouth, you know that using it for your lips is not an option (yuck!), so a lip balm with SPF is a must if you’re out in the sun all day.
Try Elizabeth Arden Nourishing Lip Balm SPF 20
We often overlook the importance of protecting the under-eye area, which is unfortunate because it’s one of the first places on the face to wrinkle. An eye cream with SPF can be an important weapon in your anti-aging armory
because it’s a one-two punch of wrinkle-evading SPF with other anti-aging ingredients such as peptides, ceramides or glycolic acid for added benefits.
Try Reversa Anti-Wrinkle Eye Contour Cream SPF 15.