The Best Foundations with SPF Protection


Many of us think that by applying foundation we are protecting our skin from harmful UV rays. This couldn’t be rather from the truth. Unless your make-up products contain SPF, you are not protected.

And when the Skin Cancer Foundation warns that: “More than 90 percent of the visible skin changes associated with aging are caused by the sun’s ultraviolet rays,” it’s a pretty serious problem.

Dr. Jeanine Downie, a dermatologist based in Montclair, N.J., explains the reason why using make-up that has added SPF is not always a good idea:

“Because if you put on foundation, it’s thicker in some places and thinner in some places. Also, you’re probably not putting it on your neck. So I tell people, you need to first put a generous amount of sunblock and then your makeup on.”

Should you use make-up containing SPF?

In the past, many cosmetic companies only provided protection against UBV rays and not UVA ones. Now levels of protection against both have been raised, thanks to new F.D.A. rules.

There also used to be a problem with how long products stayed on the surface of the skin. Many brands have opted to take their SPF claims off powder and liquid products, and keep them on cream products only. This is in order to adhere to the F.D.A’s guidelines. The reason is that creams tend to be thicker and the coverage is consistent.

Powders consist of millions of minuscule particles that cannot form a uniform barrier against the sun’s rays. They let the light in through the tiny gaps.

There is an additional problem with powders in that you cannot control where the powder is placed.

Nowadays, make-up containing SPF protection is much better than even a decade ago, but there are tips in order to get the best use:

Tips for using make-up containing SPF

  • When applying make-up that contains SPF, remember to completely cover the face and neck. Do not leave any area exposed to the sun.
  • Use the make-up product as if it was a sunscreen, and liberally coat the area with the product.
  • Read the instructions carefully and follow them to the letter.
  • Some products are best used as a primer for other make-up, and some as best used for secondary coverage.

The Best Foundations with SPF Protection

Cream Foundation

Giorgio Armani Maestro Cream Compact, SPF25
A lightweight blend of argan oil, vitamin E, and waxes makes sure this feels super silky on your skin.

Giorgio Armani Maestro Cream Compact SPF 25

Giorgio Armani Maestro Cream Compact SPF 25

Lotion Foundation

Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer, SPF15
Instant moisture with colour tint and SPF protection to cover imperfections.

Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer

Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer

Mineral Foundation

Elizabeth Arden Rx Mineral Skincare, SPF27+
Blendable powders target acne, aging, hydration, or uneven tone and doesn’t irritate your skin.

Elizabeth Arden Rx Mineral Skincare

Elizabeth Arden Rx Mineral Skincare

Compact/Powder Foundation

Bare Escentuals’ BareSkin Foundation, SPF20
Contains skin-friendly ingredients vitamin C, jojoba, and lilac stem cells which target and correct skin imperfections.

Bare Escentuals' BareSkin Foundation

Bare Escentuals’ BareSkin Foundation

Serum Foundation

YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation, SPF20
Corrects uneven tones and works to improve the skin’s texture.

YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation

YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation

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