Sunscreen May Need to Go Solo
Makeup with an SPF rating is better than nothing, but it won't offer real sun protection by itself.
"To achieve the SPF on the bottle, you need a teaspoonful for the face," says dermatologist Elizabeth K. Hale, MD, a spokeswoman for the American Academy of Dermatology. "It would look unnatural, like a caked-on layer."
Instead, put a base coat of regular sunscreen under your foundation every morning. Choose a broad-spectrum sunblock with an SPF of 30 or higher.
Mineral Makeup for Shimmer and More
Many women love the look of mineral foundations. They're made up of tiny particles that reflect light, which gives you a bright, healthy glow. These powders usually include a classic sun-blocker like zinc oxide or titanium oxide. They reflect away the sun's rays, providing additional sun protection.
"As the UV rays hit the particles [of makeup], they are scattered," Wilson says. "The likelihood of them penetrating into the skin is greatly reduced."
For full sun protection, apply a base coat of sunscreen beneath mineral makeup.