Is it simply us, or is each magnificence staple packing a bit of one thing additional lately? SPF, that’s. Every different moisturizer, primer, basis, even eyeshadow comes factory-installed with SPF. And in case you layer all of them you may be additional protected, proper? Not proper? Once and for all, this is the reply.
“Unfortunately, the protection you get when layering SPF products such as primer, moisturizer, sunscreen, and foundation is not additive,” says Dr. Caroline Robinson, board-certified dermatologist and founding father of Tone Dermatology. In different phrases, layering SPF merchandise doesn’t enable you block extra rays. If you layer three merchandise with SPF 30, it’s the identical factor as making use of one layer of SPF 30 sunscreen. When merchandise have completely different SPF ranges, you’ll be left with the safety degree of whichever you used probably the most of. (As Dr. Robson factors out, “Some of us tend to use makeup more sparingly, and skip certain areas like the ears and chest,” which is why she doesn’t suggest counting on make-up for solar safety.) And in case you apply the identical quantity of all of the merchandise you layer, your web SPF nonetheless gained’t be higher than the very best particular person SPF within the bunch. “The most important thing to remember when layering,” she explains, “is that one product should provide you with adequate protection independent of the other layers you apply.”
It’s sort of like how, in case you eat an enormous spinach salad on daily basis, a vitamin C complement gained’t change your life. Does it assist to layer SPFs? No, although it gained’t damage both. As lengthy as you don’t carry the false sense that you just’re additional protected, which can trigger you to stint on precise sunscreen, layer away. And proceed the seek for a “broad spectrum, water resistant SPF 30+” (physician’s orders!) you don’t thoughts utilizing a variety of. Still on the lookout for the one? Dr. Robinson suggests Hero’s new Force Shield Superlight Sunscreen, which is light-weight, mineral, fragrance-free, and comes with redness-reducing inexperienced tint. She additionally likes Isdin’s Ageless Sunscreen for a matte end that repairs whereas it protects, and Mele’s No Shade Sunscreen Oil for a day on the seaside.
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