If you have oily skin, powders with SPF are the answer to all your sunscreen prayers.
They aren’t greasy.
They soak up excess oil.
They make your makeup last longer.
You can retouch them anytime, anywhere.
Not so fast! Powders with SPF do a lot of amazing things for you, but keeping your skin safe from UV harm is NOT one of them. Here’s why:
Do Powders With SPF Provide Adequate Sun Protection?
Powders with SPF can provide the SPF stated on the packaging and protect your skin from the sun. BUT, only if you apply enough.
Hint: the sheer layer you dust on to settle your makeup is nowhere near enough.
Don’t take my word for it. Dermatologist Leslie Baumann agrees: “when scientists test facial powders to determine SPF (as mandated by the FDA), they typically assume that 2mg of product will be used per cm2 of skin.
“The average face is about 600cm2 (although that varies from person to person, of course), meaning that a person needs to apply about 1.2g of facial powder to get the SPF stated on the product’s label.
“Studies show that most women only apply about 0.085g of powder at a time. In a nutshell, you’d have to apply 14 times the amount of powder you usually do to be sufficiently protected against the sun!”
There’s no way anyone could apply that much powder to their faces, even if they wanted to! And if you manage it, can you imagine how cake your skin will look?
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Are Powders With SPF Useless?
I wouldn’t say powders with SPF are completely useless. They’re not sunscreen and should NEVER be used as such.
But if you need a quick touch-up during the day and forgot your sunscreen at home, they’ll do. Sure, they won’t give you adequate sun protection, but it’s better than nothing.
Still, use them only in a pinch when you have absolutely no other choice.
The Bottom Line
Keep using your powders with SPF to soak up excess oil and set your makeup. DON’T use them as sunscreen.
Do you use powders with SPF? Share your experience in the comments below.