Is wearing a tinted moisturizer with SPF 20 enough for every day?

Dr. Ellen Marmur, MD
It's better than nothing but not as effective as wearing a translucent facial lotion with sunscreen. Most of us desire a natural, less-is-more look with our makeup, and less is not more when it comes to sun protection. Applying a sheer layer of tinted moisturizer or a dusting of mineral makeup gives you a fraction of the SPF you thought you were getting. Unless your makeup application is spackled on, you're not getting enough sunscreen from your makeup. It's better to think of SPF makeup as a booster for your daily sunscreen/moisturizer. Apply it on top of your SPF moisturizer. And mineral powder foundation, which contains natural titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, is a brilliant way to reapply your sunscreen during the day and touch up your makeup at the same time.
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Many cosmetics, including tinted moisturizers, now come with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15, 20, or higher. These products contain ingredients such as zinc oxide and avobenzone, which can protect your skin from everyday sun exposure when you're only outside for a few minutes at a time. For longer periods of sun exposure, you're better off applying a dedicated sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher and broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. You also need to reapply your sun protection at least every two hours, or more often if you're swimming or sweating heavily. Talk to a dermatologist for more information.


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