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7 Ways to Sneak SPF Into Your Beauty Routine

It’s summertime, which means that the strongest rays of the year are upon us. Despite the warnings about how sunscreen prevents skin cancer, wrinkles, age spots, etc, too many of us simply don’t use it. For some, it’s the smell. For others, the texture. And of course, there’s always the issue that not all formulas are compatible under makeup. Luckily, new formulas and products have arrived so that no matter what your problem with sunscreen, you can start sporting SPF with no hassle. Check out a few ways to keep your skin out of harm’s way.

Make it Your Base

Many women hate having to apply sunscreen under their foundation. But many foundations now come with sunscreen built right in so that you can apply one product with no problem. Look for high SPFs at any price point. Drugstore brand Neutrogena has an SPF 55 compact while department store brand Estee Lauder carries an SPF 50 compact.

Moisturize With It

Although it is best to layer moisturizer and sunscreen, you can also opt for a moisturizer with an SPF built right in. Paula’s Choice, Murad, and other brands have moisturizers with sunscreens, which tend to set better under makeup than sunscreen.

Mineral Foundations

Mineral powder foundations are a perfect way to touch up your sunscreen application and mattify your face throughout the day, but they can be hard to tell how much you need as an original application.

Protect Your Lids

The delicate skin on your eyelids and around your eyes can be easily susceptible to sun damage. In addition to wearing the latest fashion sunglasses, look for an eye cream with an SPF. You might find the product less irritating than traditional sunscreens.

Cover Your Lips

Look for lip balms, lipsticks, and other lip products that not only provide a little color but also a little protection. Lips can freckle and peel from sun damage.

Set it and Forget It (Until It’s Time to Reapply)

Setting sprays not only help your makeup last longer, the formulas that contain an SPF further protect your skin from harm. Check out brands including Pixi, Coola, Dr. Dennis Gross, and others for setting sprays that help your makeup last while protecting your skin.


When it comes to beauty routines, it’s important to layer in the correct order to prevent products from pilling. Traditional cream sunscreens should be added after serum and moisturizer but before foundation, with a few minutes in between each addition to help them set without build up. You can also try different formulas, such as oils, gels, and sprays to get the protection without the heavy feeling of sunscreen.

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