Can You Get Sunburnt While Wearing Makeup?

Does your makeup protect you from those harmful UV rays?

Can You Get Sunburnt While Wearing Makeup?

Are you wondering if you can get sunburnt while wearing makeup? You're not alone, a lot of women wonder if they can get sunburnt wearing makeup! However, even that SPF makeup might not offer as much protection as you might think!

SPF, UV & Makeup:

To get the level of SPF you see on the label, you have to spread the lotion on like a layer of vanilla frosting; that's the thickness used in Food & Drug Administration tests.

"So your SPF 30 is really a 10."

Says Steven Q Wang, M.D. director of dermatologic surgery and dermatology at the Memorial Sloan-Ketterng Cancer Center in Basking Ridge.

So as a general rule of thumb, regular lotions and makeup don't protect you from nasty, painful burns or from skin cancer. Even most SPF BB creams and face lotions do not protect you from harmful UV rays and skin diseases either.

How To Wear Makeup and SPF Sunblock:

The best way to make sure your skin is protected is to add an SPF 30+ designed for use on the face prior to your daily make-up routine. The importance of adding a proper SPF to your daily beauty routine is essential, not only to prevent skin cancer but also premature aging​ or permanent skin discolorations.

Not only this, if you are in the sun for an extended period of time SPF alone may not be enough. The ONLY times you don't get sunburned in this situation is if you're wearing a wide brim hat without UV holes coming through, using other forms​ of shade protection like an umbrella.

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