Geez, this sunscreen is SO thick. I’d better mix it with some lotion before it turns my face into a greasy, shining pan!
The younger me used to do that a lot. I’d hunt for a sunscreen for weeks but there was always something wrong with them. Either they were too thick or they left a white cast on my face that made me look like Caspar The Ghost.
Mixing a few drops into my fave moisturizer seemed like the perfect solution. I’d get sun protection without all the aesthetic side effects. Plus, I’d cut my skincare routine shorter to boot.
If you’re thinking, “That’s a great idea, why haven’t I thought of that myself?,” I’ve got bad news for you. Mixing your sunscreen with lotion is a crappy idea. Here’s why:
Why you shouldn’t mix sunscreen with lotion
What’s so bad with it, I hear you ask? Two not-so-small things:
- You’re diluting your sunscreen: think about it. To get the SPF level stated on the packaging, you need to apply 1/2 teaspoon on your face. If you mix your sunscreen with your moisturizer (or any other skincare product, for that matter) there’s no way you can apply that much. You could be turning a SPF30 into an SPF15 or lower!
- Conflict of ingredients: sunscreens are delicate things. Some of the ingredients in your moisturizer or foundation may compromise their UV filters, making them less effective.
It was too good to be true, wasn’t it?
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The Bottom line
Mixing your sunscreen with foundation or lotion may seem like the perfect solution to all your sunscreen problems, but it actually does your skin more harm than good. When you’re mixing them together, you’re compromising the effectiveness of your sunscreen, leaving your skin prone to sun damage, wrinkles and dark spots. Not a risk worth taking, is it? 😉
Have you ever mixed your sunscreen with lotion or foundation? Share your experience in the comments below.
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