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Tips on Properly Using Sunscreen with Makeup

So many makeup brands boast that their products

So many makeup brands boast that their products have sunscreen in them these days -- it's easy to go for the makeup and skip the old-school SPF before you head outside. Makeup with sunscreen doesn't protect your skin the same way that a good old-fashioned sunscreen does. Here, the Skin Cancer Foundation offers three tips to sunscreen success.

1. Select the proper sunscreen. Even before a woman steps in front of the bathroom mirror, Katie suggests that she find a sunscreen that offers enough protection. The Skin Cancer Foundation advises people to use a moisturizer containing broad-spectrum sunscreen (which means it blocks both UVA and UVB rays) with an SPF rating of at least 15. Ingredients such as zinc oxide, avobenzone (Parsol 1789) or ecamsule (Mexoryl), combined with octocrylene and avobenzone work best with makeup and provide broad-spectrum sun protection.

2. Apply sunscreen liberally. “Apply a thin, even coat, approximately one teaspoon for face and neck,” Suchorski states, “And ears, if exposed.” Then, let sunscreen soak into the skin and dab the excess with tissue. After you finish applying sunscreen, wash the residue off of your hands before applying makeup.

3. If necessary, use an SPF eye cream.
If applying sunscreen in the delicate area around your eyes causes a burning sensation, the Skin Cancer Foundation suggests using SPF 15 eye creams.

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