Heres Why the SPF in Your Makeup Isnt Enough to Protect YouYou want to protect your skin from the sun's harmful effects. That's why you always reach for SPF primers, foundations, powders and bronzers. While your effort is totally commendable, sorry to disappoint. This may come as a real shocker to some, but the SPF in your makeup is just no substitute for actual sunscreen. Here's why.

SPF found in makeup often only protects against UVB rays

Though wearing makeup with SPF is better than not wearing any sunscreen at all, most SPF found in makeup usually only protects against UVB rays — and not UVA rays, too. UVA rays go through your car and home windows, all the clouds, and snow, causing significant damage to the skin. In fact, UVA radiation causes more aging and skin cancer than UVB. So, if your makeup isn't protecting you from UVA in addition to UVB, you're still at risk of prematurely aging. That's so not cool!

You simply can't wear enough makeup to get adequate sun protection

The second issue with solely relying on makeup containing SPF is that there's just no way you are wearing enough of it to get the sun protection your skin needs to fend off free radicals. Forget caking on extra makeup — you'd need to layer on makeup as much as 15 times thicker than you'd typically wear it to actually protect your skin the way regular sunscreen does. For most of us (unless you're a professional clown), this just isn't feasible. Unless you're going to slather on a ton of SPF foundation, and you're obviously not going to, it's not really worth it.

The SPF found in makeup is mostly chemical

You may be limited in the types of sunscreen available to you in makeup products, which tend to use chemical sunscreens. This is because they typically mix better into makeup formulations. Physical sunscreen agents, like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, are more challenging to incorporate into cosmetics, but dermatologists tend to prefer them for comprehensive skin protection.

Bottom line: for real protection against both UVA and UVB rays, you have to apply actual sunscreen liberally and reapply throughout the day. That's where LaserAway Beauty's BFF SPF 50 can help.

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LaserAway Beauty's BFF SPF 50 perfectly marries the sun protection benefits of traditional sunscreen with the look and feel of a BB cream. Its light, whipped, and hydrating formula offers broad-spectrum protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays, oxidative stress, and pollution. What makes this skincare product so unique from all others is that BFF's innovative technology provides a sheer, tinted, self-balancing color that makes skin look smooth and evens out skin tone. The result? Heavenly sun-kissed skin but without all the gross free radical damage that comes from baking in the sun.

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  1. "Sorry, the SPF in Your Makeup is Not Enough to Protect You From the Sun," Self, September 3, 2018.
  2. "Sunscreen and Your Makeup Routine," WebMD, n.d.

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