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Sunscreen is one skincare essential that still leaves people confused. With the summer sun shining bright, many of us are concerned about the type of sunscreen one must use, compositions to look for, and even its application. Here are some frequently asked questions about the application of sunscreen with makeup:
Answering all the queries about use of sunscreen with makeup, HealthShots spoke to Dr Ipsita Chatterjee, beauty and skincare expert, Lotus Herbals.
Dr Chatterjee says, “No, any cosmetic with SPF is dubious of protecting skin against UV rays. Cosmetics with SPF do not provide the required level of the guard to the skin. Moreover, cosmetics may be unevenly applied, reducing the coverage area, and exposing the skin to sun damage.”
Sunscreen should not be skipped anyhow. A suitable sunscreen according to skin type is a must for protecting the skin against harmful UV exposure.
The order one must follow while applying sunscreen with makeup depends on the type of sunscreen you’re using. Follow one rule the lighter consistency goes first and the heavier by the end.
Dr Chatterjee suggests reapplying sunscreen after two hours of application or sweating or swimming. If your makeup is off by then, you can reapply sun protection. What if you still have your make on and need reapplication?
The answer is to use a powder or spray form of sunscreen or a setting spray with SPF. Alternatively, you can use a matte gel-based sunscreen that can be easily dabbed on the makeup without ruining it.
We suggest using sunscreens with Vitamin C as it is known to brighten the skin and give it the much-needed glow. Vitamin C in citrus fruits, like orange and lemon, acts as a natural guard against sun damage and fights the early signs of aging. It does so by promoting collagen production and neutralising free radicals.
So ladies, whether you wear makeup or not, don’t leave your skin alone in the sun. Shield your skin with the right sunscreen, hats and scarves to glow naturally.