4 Ways to Incorporate SPF in your Beauty Routine

by Gio
4 ways to add spf into your beauty routine

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):

1. Moisturizer

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.

Best Picks:

  • CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM With SPF 30 ($16.49): available at iHerb, Ulta and Walmart.
  • La Roche Posay Toleriane Double Repair Moisturizer SPF 30 ($19.99): available at Dermstore and Ulta.
  • Paula’s Choice Resist Skin Restoring Moisturizer With SPF 50 ($33.00): available at Dermstore, Feel Unique and Paula’s Choice.

2. Foundation

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.

Best Picks:

  • Bare Escentuals Show Some Skin Weightless Foundation Broad Spectrum Foundation SPF 30 ($34.00): available at Ulta.
  • MAC Studio Waterweight Foundation SPF 30 ($35.00): available at Asos, Look Fantastic, Nordstrom and Ulta.
  • Shiseido UV Protective Liquid Foundation SPF 42 ($36.00): available at Nordstrom and 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.

Best Picks:

  • Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35 ($46.00): available at Asos, Nordstrom and 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): available at Cult Beauty, Nordstrom and Sephora.

4. Powder

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?

Best Picks:

  • Laura Mercier Mineral Powder SPF 15 (£31.00): available at Cult Beauty, Feel Unique and SpaceNK.
  • Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Airbrushing Pressed Powder Mineral SPF 30 ($13.99): available at Ulta and Walmart.

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.

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Trisha December 8, 2010 - 3:56 pm

I usually use my as a moisturizer, but I also have a powder, too. It’s a mineral powder. i consider it sort of double protection since I’d still use the moisturizer kind beforehand.

beautifulwithbrains December 9, 2010 - 12:02 pm

Trisha, I retouch my makeup with a powder with SPF throghrout the day for added sun protection even though I always apply sunscreen too. 🙂 It’s nice to have that little bit more of protection, isn’t it?

Ana December 8, 2010 - 6:57 pm

Oooh, just a couple of days ago I watched this video from DermTV’s Neal Schultz and loved it!

(Does Makeup with SPF Protect from the Sun [DermTV.com Epi 43])

beautifulwithbrains December 9, 2010 - 12:09 pm

Ana, thanks for sharing the link, that’s very interesting indeed. I think Dr Schultz is referring to makeup products with chemical sunscreen ingredients as these need to get into contact with the skin to be effective, something they can not do if you apply a moisturizer or other products beforehand. But if you use products with physical blockers (ie Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide), you should be fine as these work like shields on your skin reflecting the sun rays away from it and don’t need to get into contact with the skin to work.

In any case, if you don’t use too many products (ie no toners, serums etc) you can just cleanse skin and apply moisturizer with SPF (that’s what I do) so the sun protection will be effective.

Ana December 9, 2010 - 12:17 pm

Yeah, you’re right, he’s referring to chem sunscreen.

I’ve got to find a good SPF moisturizer, there isn’t much choice around here O_o and that kinda gets me worried.

beautifulwithbrains December 9, 2010 - 6:02 pm

Ana, we don’t have many moisturizers with sunscreens here either, what a shame! I usually use Olay ones, they have a couple of moisturizers with SPF and work well for me.

Stavroula Plag December 9, 2010 - 12:08 am

Cool post Gio, thanks! 🙂 Lately I’ve been using a powder with SPF, but in the next couple of days I’m planning to buy La Roche Posay Anthelios sunscreen! 🙂


beautifulwithbrains December 9, 2010 - 12:05 pm

Stavroula, I know how difficult it is to find a sunscren for you so I hope the Anthelios one will work. Do let us know how you like it. But in the meantime, since we’re in winter, a powder with SPF can provide enough protection if reapplied througout the day. 🙂

Stavroula Plag December 9, 2010 - 7:31 pm

I will definitely let you know about the LRP sunscreen! 😉 Yeah I carry the powder along with a retractable powder brush with me! 🙂


makeup morsels December 9, 2010 - 3:30 am

Nice post xD Out of curiosity, what’s your favorite sunscreen?

beautifulwithbrains December 9, 2010 - 12:12 pm

Makeup morsels, thanks. I haven’t found my HG sunscreen yet but I do like La Roche Posay Anthelios Lotion SPF 20, which is one of the very few sunscreens from this range that doesn’t contain alcohol. I also love Aveeno sunscreens too.

Mary December 9, 2010 - 6:48 am

Great tips, Gio!

I’ve made such a habit of using spf that I just automatically reach for it after moisturizing my face. My biggest issue is protecting the lip area. A lot of girls, and guys, forget how much damage our lips incur over years of sun exposure. I try to wear lip balm with SPF, but lipstick provides GREAT protection from the rays.

beautifulwithbrains December 9, 2010 - 12:15 pm

Mary, that’s great that you always use sunscreen. It’s become a habit for me too. And you’re right, people are so worried about protecting their faces from the sun rays that they often forget the rest of their bodies including the lips. It is so important to use lip products with SPF as well!


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