I think I already know the answer to this one, but curiosity gets the better of me all the time, as you well know by now.
Many liquid foundations now sport SPF of at least 30 and up. Generally, the higher the SPF level, the thicker the formula which is why we don’t see many makeup bases that have very high SPF levels. The exception is with Japanese makeup because they’ve managed to give us light textured sunscreen with high SPF ratings. As for BB Cream, SPF50 is quite common. They are supposed to be “all in one” products after all, catering also for sun protection while giving you colour coverage. You may also realise that BB Creams come in a thicker formula, which can partly be attributed to this higher SPF.
So, I’m curious. With all the high SPF base products out there already available to us, do you wear a separate sunscreen? Or are you rejoicing in the fact that the high SPF in your foundation or BB Cream allows you to get away with wearing one less layer of product on your skin?
For me, wearing sunscreen is second nature. I know my daytime skincare routine is complete when my sunscreen goes on, because that is the final step. Whatever goes on thereafter is makeup. Sunscreen is therefore rather like my boundary between skincare and makeup :)
However, I do know that there are many people who don’t like wearing sunscreen or who cannot find a sunscreen that works for them, for whatever reason. Whilst I would say “Keep on looking! There’s one out there for you!” which rather sounds like looking for a life partner :P, it is true. You can keep on looking for a sunscreen that suits you.
Yet, if for these people, they find that a BB or CC Cream with SPF works better for them for whatever reason, then I would say that having some protection is better than none. The only caveat would be that they may then have the false feeling of security and stay out in the sun too long. Or more importantly, do not use enough product to actually protect the skin.
I do understand all too well the feeling of a layering a liquid foundation over a heavy sunscreen base. It was the reason I did not wear liquid foundation for many years, preferring to wear powder foundation. When I discovered lighter textured sunscreens that worked well for me (I use the Shiseido Perfect UV daily but you can read my thoughts on various sunscreens I’ve used over the time here) then I started opening up to the possibilities of wearing a liquid foundation, and loving the more natural look.
So, is some protection better than none? I’d say it’s a toss up. If your skin really cannot tolerate ANY sunscreen in the market, for whatever reason, then I do suppose some protection by way of SPF in your makeup is better than none at all. Yet, I’d not recommend that anyone actually rely on the SPF levels in makeup simply because we never use enough. If we do, we’d look far too fake as our base makeup will be far too thick. Also, I would be a little wary about the over-promising that goes on in the BB Cream world.
Do you wear a separate sunscreen under your makeup? Are you relying too much on the SPF in your makeup?
So, the takeaway from this is that I think SPF in makeup is a nice extra, but not a substitute for the real thing. So if you aren’t already doing so, find a sunscreen that works for you. Your skin will ultimately thank you for it. Naturally, feel free to disagree :)