No, the SPF in your foundation isn't enough.

While it's certainly a good thing to have SPF in your foundation or makeup, it's important to remember that SPF alone is not enough to protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun. Experts insist on a dedicated sunscreen layer for your face and neck (and any other exposed skin!) every day. Here's the truth:

1. SPF in foundation provides limited coverage.

The SPF in foundation often provides limited coverage compared to standalone sunscreens. Foundation is primarily designed to even out the skin tone and provide a base for makeup application. Typically, the amount of SPF included is usually lower than what is recommended for effective sun protection. Derms recommend 1/4 to 1/3 of a teaspoon of skin protection to the face and neck, which is way more makeup than most of us apply

2. SPF In Foundation May Not Be What You Think

Unless your SPF makeup specifically says Broad Spectrum on the front (and many popular ones do not), it is missing defense against UVA (aging) rays. While UVB rays are responsible for sunburns and play a significant role in the development of skin cancer, UVA rays are equally harmful. UVA rays are present throughout the year, can penetrate clouds and glass, and contribute to premature aging, wrinkles, and skin damage. (No thanks.) Dedicated sunscreens like ours provide broad-spectrum mineral-only skin protection, shielding the skin from both UVA + UVB rays, ensuring comprehensive defense against the sun's harmful effects, ensuring defense against sunburns as well as premature aging. Our suncare products go above and beyond broad spectrum protection to also defend against environmental stressors such as blue light from our technology and pollution. 

3. Do Not Mix!

Derms recommend layering a trusted sunscreen under makeup because mixing your SPF with other serums, makeup/tints or bronzers because you will dilute the defense. Layering wins every time.

While foundation with SPF might offer a hint of sun protection, it is crucial to remember that it falls short in providing comprehensive and adequate coverage. To safeguard your skin from the sun's harmful rays, it is essential to apply a dedicated sunscreen with a broad-spectrum SPF every day, regardless of foundation choice. Prioritizing daily sun protection not only helps prevent sunburns but also reduces the risk of premature aging, skin damage, and the development of skin cancer. 

So, let's make sunscreen an integral part of our skincare regimen and keep our faces healthy, glowing, and protected!

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