Foundation + SPF

Makeup has truly advanced over the years with lots of science and technology behind the formulas on today’s beauty shelves.  One of the most recent trends in makeup is foundation with SPF. It seems like a well overdue makeup solution however it isn’t quite as effective as they sell it to be. I sat down with my dermatologist, Dr. Woolfolk of Blackburn & Woolfolk Dermatology to ask her a few questions and you won’t believe the responses.

Is foundation with chemical SPF safe?

Yes, it is very safe. A lot of people get caught up in the word “chemical” but it is not formulated to harm your skin. Remember, SPF is protecting you from the sun which is quite damaging.

So I currently have a foundation with SPF 15. Is that enough?

No. Although you may not be directly in the sun all day when makeup is applied, you are still getting harsh rays while driving or even walking into a store from your car. While FDA approves 15 as its minimum, most skincare experts recommend at least 30. Better safe than sorry!

SPF 30! With each application of foundation am I getting at least the FDA minimum?

Although foundation + SPF sounds great and seems like you are skipping a step by combining the two it’s not as effective as you think. In order to reach the SPF 15 displayed on the bottle of  foundation you would have to apply 7 layers. S-E-V-E-N! It’s best to apply SPF to your face directly before applying foundation. Don’t be lazy and just add that step.

A certain stigma lingers that “people with darker complexion don’t get sunburned.” Is that true?

Absolutely not. Everyone can sunburn and everyone needs sunscreen. Break the stigma, it’s so FALSE! Skin cancer can happen to anyone.

What is your secret about sunscreen?

There are a lot of products on the market that promise to remove darks spots and discoloration however instead of relying solely on those products I suggest using sunscreen along with that. The product alone may improve discoloration from acne scars however to maintain a clear complexion you should use sunscreen because it prevents the dark spots from getting darker speeding up the overall process to clearer skin.


#TAKEAWAY: Ever since I learned about SPF, I won’t go a day without using it even if I’m just leaving my house to go pump gas. Below I am sharing some of my favorite face sunscreens that don’t leave a white residue or make you look oily. #RowWithM

SPF: Chantecaille Ultra Sun Protection SPF 45 / Avene Mineral Ultra Light Hydrating Sunscreen SPF 50 / Glossier Invisible Shield SPF 35



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  1. Masera says:

    Such a great post! I’m now 28 and I really only started wearing it this year, but really wish I would have sooner.

    Foundation with SPF has been a life-changer as an easy way for me to do it.

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