Your guide to your makeup routine and SPF this summer

How should you factor sun protection into your make-up regime? We cover the most common SPF-related questions in this guide.

Hair & Beauty

You can't avoid the overwhelming amount of information and research that surrounds SPF and why you should be wearing it.

In case you missed this vital detail, the top reason you need to be wearing SPF on your face every day is to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. These rays can cause melanoma, a serious form of skin cancer that is shockingly common, even in the UK, where the weather isn't known for being particularly summery. Over 2,300 melanoma skin cancer deaths are caused in the UK every year - that's more than 6 every day - which is why it's essential to be vigilant in applying a high quality, high factor SPF all year round.

Not only that, but proper sun protection prevents photoaging and premature ageing. In addition to melanoma, sun exposure contributes to skin wrinkling, loss of elasticity, and hyperpigmentation.

Thanks to the evolution of SPF in skincare and make-up, we gain an additional UV barrier when using these products. However, many of us forget that we still need to apply additional sun cream in order to ensure that our skin stays fully protected.

Here's what you need to know regarding SPF's role in your make-up routine.

What kind of SPF should you be wearing beneath make-up?

A level of SPF 30 is the minimum protection that you should be applying underneath your make-up. In order to make sure you have complete protection, you need to apply a generous layer. With the Be3 SPF you are in complete control of the level of protection with their progressive formula. Apply up to three mists to give SPF50++ protection that lasts.

Be3 SPF

I don't need SPF as my make-up has it in - what should I do?

You need to apply enough SPF in order to ensure you're completely protected. As you don't apply a large amount of foundation, you won't receive enough protection from the SPF that's in your makeup alone.

Bondi Sands SPF
Bondi Sands Sunny Daze SPF 50 Moisturiser, £12.99

How do I reapply my SPF when I'm wearing make-up?

This can be tricky with traditional cream formulas. You spend time applying your makeup beautifully and can't mess it up half way through the day with your reapplication of SPF. This is where a spray application comes in handy!

Arbonne FunSun
Arbonne FunSun, £32

When should I apply SPF during my routine?

Your SPF should be the final step in your skincare routine before you begin applying your make-up. Apply any serums, followed by moisturiser, finally followed by your SPF before your make-up routine.

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