I don’t like relying on makeup and moisturizers with SPF for sun protection. You have to apply a few layers to get the SPF stated on the bottle. Who does that?!
But, if you really, really hate the texture of sunscreen AND are willing to apply them liberally, they can be just enough to keep you safe and protected in the cold winter months, when the sun doesn’t shine as brightly up in the sky.
Plus, if you’re not gonna reapply your sunscreen every few hours, a generous sprinkle of powder will give you some extra protection. Likely not enough but way better than nothing.
Here are a few ways to incorporate SPF into your beauty routine (if you really, really, really can’t use sunscreen):
A moisturizer with SPF is the next best thing to a sunscreen – if applied generously. A lot of them have lighteweight textures that makes piling on the layers easily. Plus, they sink into the skin, leaving no white or tinted cast behind.
- CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM With SPF 30 ($16.49): SPF + niacinamide + ceramides. Available at Ulta.
- La Roche Posay Toleriane Double Repair Moisturizer SPF 30 ($19.99): SPF + niacinamide. Available at Ulta.
- Paula’s Choice Resist Skin Restoring Moisturizer With SPF 50 ($33.00): SPF + antioxidants + skin soothers. Available at Paula’s Choice.
If you need a full coverage finish to even out your skin tone, foundation with SPF is an option for you. You can pick a lightweight formula and build it up to your desired intensity. With each layer, you can fade away your blemishes and up your sun protection.
- Bare Escentuals Show Some Skin Weightless Foundation Broad Spectrum Foundation SPF 30 ($34.00): lightweight + moisturizing. Available at Ulta.
- MAC Studio Waterweight Foundation SPF 30 ($35.00): water-like formula + satin finish. Available at Nordstrom.
- Shiseido UV Protective Liquid Foundation SPF 42 ($36.00): lightweight texture + sheer matte finish. Available at Sephora.
3. Tinted Moisturizer
If you’re a minimalist who likes to reduce her skincare + makeup routine to a minimum, tinted moisturizers are for you. Their lightweight textures are easily to build for sun protection – without any cakeness. You won’t look like you’re wearing a mask!
P.S. BB and CC Creams work just as well, too.
- Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35 ($46.00): lightweight + satin finish. Available at Sephora.
- Dr Jart+ Premium BB Beauty Balm SPF 45 ($39.00): satin-matte finish + fragrance-free. Available at Sephora.
- Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 Sunscreen/PA+++ ($45.00): lightweight + dewy finish. Available at Sephora.
This is my least fave option. You need to apply something insane like 14 layers to get the SPF stated on the packaging. Not gonna happen. Plus, powders are easy to brush off your face. But, if you touch up your powder regularly throughout the day, why not pick one with SPF?
- Laura Mercier Mineral Powder SPF 15 (£31.00): loose powder + semi-matte finish. Available at SpaceNK.
- Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Airbrushing Pressed Powder Mineral SPF 30 ($13.99): oil-absorbent + fragrance-free. Available at Ulta.
- Shiseido Pureness Mattifying Compact Oil-Free SPF 16 (£27.00): oil-absorbent + matte finish. Available at Feel Unique.
It bears repeating: these products are NOT an alternative to sunscreen. But, in a pinch, they’ll give you (some) sun protection.
How do you incorporate SPF into your beauty routine? Share your tricks in the comments below.