Mixing Sunscreen With Foundation

Welcome back to our natural skincare blog where this week we’re diving into cosmetics and how it can coexist with your sunscreen. We all know that sometimes it’s best to spend a day, or two, or maybe even three without adding makeup to the skin. Our skincare regime is going to affect how our makeup looks once it is applied. If you wear a lot of makeup or do not remove it before bed each night you could be doing your skin a disservice and already you’re off to a bad start. Not removing your makeup at night or just having an improper skincare regime as a whole can lead to acne problems and skin irritation.

Makeup is safe to use daily, but it is up to you to choose the right products. The first thing you should do when shopping for makeup is check the ingredients list because like skincare, you want to be sure that you’re using products that are good for your overall health. With that said, if your concern is that you cannot wear makeup and sunscreen then perhaps a foundation with sunscreen in it is a good choice. Some to consider are: Synchro Skin Radiant Lifting Foundation SPF 30 and Pretty in Bloom Flower Infused Long Wear Foundation SPF 20.

It’s always a good idea to avoid oil-based foundations, serums, and moisturizers if you have oily skin. Instead, you should consider a mineral or water-based makeup product. So how does this apply if your makeup does not have sunscreen? The order in which you can achieve this is to cleanse, apply toner (if applicable), moisturizer and then a layer of sunscreen (think of the size of a nickel). Once the sunscreen is dry, you can apply your makeup. You do not want to mix your sunscreen and foundation, ever! Any changes made to the formula will have an impact on the SPF and you will not see the right results.

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Yet, some people do this and wonder why the protection from their sunscreen can start to feel…unpredictable. According to Lab Muffin, “It’s also possible that the two are incompatible. You might have seen how a foundation can bunch up when you apply it over the wrong product, or how sunscreen can roll-up. You’re merging two emulsions that don’t necessarily play nice together.”

Sunscreens here at Anak Cosmetics are perfect for both your skin and body. When applying makeup over your sunscreen, you may want something that will dry quickly. Our Instantly Dry Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30, (MSRP: $65.00) is perfect. The formula is great for sensitive skin and will not degrade in sunlight. Another option for those with dry skin, Instant Glow Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40, (MSRP: $73.00) is our mineral sheer sunscreen. Be sure to check them out.

Applying sunscreen over your makeup may be a challenge, but in cases like this, you want to try a tinted moisturizer with SPF. A tinted moisturizer will protect you from the sun’s UV rays while also providing required moisture and concealing small imperfections. Remember, sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours depending on your daily activities, you can even use your hands to reapply your sunscreen so you’re gently tapping it on the face rather than smoothing it in all over like you do with your foundation. Either way, you want to be sure to take care of your skin underneath the makeup and take breaks between wearing makeup. Maybe over the holidays or if you’re just heading out to run errands, your face will thank you.

Written by Danielle Wright
Photo by Mikhail Nilov

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