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How Do I Choose the Best SPF Foundation?

K. Testa
K. Testa

Several studies have found that wearing sunscreen every day can reduce your risk of skin cancer by up to 50 percent. Makeup foundations containing a sun protection factor (SPF) are often recommended for people who wear foundation regularly and may not remember — or want — to use two separate products. SPF foundation is a popular option during the warmer months, when you might prefer using something lighter than a separate sunscreen and foundation. When trying to choose the best SPF sunscreen, consider your personal preferences regarding the type of product, the degree of sun protection, and its cost.

SPF foundation is available in several forms, including creams and matte powders. Some foundations with SPF are known as tinted moisturizers, with a more lightweight feel than regular foundations or heavy sunscreens. Certain products are formulated to last all day, while others might need to be re-applied, especially if they wear off due to weather exposure or physical activity.

An SPF foundation.
An SPF foundation.

Most beauty experts recommend that you select a foundation or tint that is closest to your natural skin color. Depending on your skin type, you might also want a product specifically made for dry, oily, or sensitive skin. If you already use a specific brand or line of products, then check to see whether this brand also includes an SPF foundation. Using a familiar product could help you prevent an allergic reaction or other skin problems from trying something new.

You can choose your SPF foundation according to the degree of protection that you desire. Most dermatologists recommend that people wear sunscreen daily with a minimum SPF of 15 on their faces. A high SPF of around 45 generally offers the best protection, as long as the product is applied correctly; research has shown that an SPF above 55 is usually not considered beneficial. The majority of skin professionals also believe that sunscreens containing ingredients like titanium and zinc oxide can offer the best sun protection.

If your personal budget is a factor when choosing the right SPF foundation, there are numerous products available in a range of prices. When researching products, you may find that the expensive options are not necessarily the most effective ones. Many stores have cosmetics counters where you can sample products and get professional advice prior to buying an item; this can further aid you in choosing the right SPF foundation.

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    • An SPF foundation.
      By: Mara Zemgaliete
      An SPF foundation.