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Beauty Byte: The Sunscreen in Your Foundation May Not Actually Work

The Sunscreen in Your Foundation May Not Actually Work

A lot of us rely on the sunscreen in our makeup to protect us during the day, but the Daily Mail is reporting that, in the UK at least, one in five cosmetics with SPF isn't up to par with the EU sunscreen guidelines and doesn't give any protection against UVA rays — the ones responsible for aging. Even more worrisome, the researchers also found that three out of four products weren't completely effective just two hours after application — meaning that if you put your foundation on in the morning, you're no longer protected by the time you take your lunchtime stroll. That also means reapplying your foundation four times in the course of a normal workday, which I think is just absurd. Do you think American products would fare any better in a trial like this? Until we know, I'll be wearing zinc oxide and a hat.

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Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
biarose - why? I thought Loreal was owned by Lancome? I like some of Lancome's products.
biarose biarose 7 years
do not buy loreal
risqueredhead risqueredhead 7 years
I've always heard you'd have to apply A LOT of foundation/makeup to get the claimed SPF levels.
SKC-Sparkle SKC-Sparkle 7 years
I not at all surprised by this news, and I doubt US or Canadian products would fare any better. It's disappointed that makeup products are not held to higher standards especially with the increased risk of sun damage and cancer.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I don't rely on my foundation for spf, however my morning moisturizer has it. Maybe I should rethink that?
arrow1 arrow1 7 years
You guys did not read the Daily Mail article. Th brands they mentioned by name were Lancome, Chanel, Estéé Lauder, etc. Those brands are the same in the US.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
I know that the SPF in my foundation does nothing against the Aussie sun, I spend a fdair amount of my working day outside so I noticed when I got a bit crispy. I just mixed SPF30 sunscreen into my moisturiser and put more on about lunchtime.
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 7 years
plasticine- SPF allows you to stay out in the sun for longer periods f time without burning. If it takes you ten minutes to burn, SPF 15 allows you to be in the sun for 150 minutes w/o burning
flowergirl flowergirl 7 years
I doubt American cosmetics are any better. From what I've read, the standards and regulations oversight in the U.S. seems extremely lax.
plasticine1 plasticine1 7 years
i figured. i thought spf worked like spf 15=15 minutes of sun protection. is this true? i always calculated that if my foundation has 15 spf then i have 15 minutes to be in the sun while looking for some shade
witchbaby witchbaby 7 years
just foundation? what about tinted moisturizer with spf?
jocupcake jocupcake 7 years
Zinc Oxide does protect from UVA. Very well in fact.
Allytta Allytta 7 years
zinc dioxide doesn't protect from UVA does it? nothing really does, that Loreal new stuff claims to (in la rochay posey), but not as well as from UVB.
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