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When to Apply SPF For the Face

What Everyone Should Know About Wearing SPF and Makeup

If you've ever been confused about the ins and outs of SPF for the face, especially while wearing makeup at the same time, I've got you covered — literally. Recently, reader isahrangme posed a question in the Bella Sugar Q and A group, wondering about the best way to reapply face sunblock while wearing makeup.

To find out the answer, I asked Dr. Neil Sadick of Sadick Dermatology in New York to provide us with some clarification on the topic, along with a few tips on what we should be doing to make our SPF all the more effective. Find out his advice when you read more.

BellaSugar: Do you have any tips on how we can apply sunscreen on top of makeup without making a mess?
Dr. Neil Sadick: You should not apply sunscreen on top of makeup; makeup should be applied over sunscreen.


BS: What SPF level do you recommend for the face?
NS: Depending on skin type, 30-60.

BS: Is wearing makeup that contains SPF enough, or do we need to be augmenting it with extra protection?
NS: There should be additional sunblock applied as there is not enough protection from just makeup if you are going to have significant sun exposure.

BS: How often do we need to reapply sunscreen on our faces throughout the day? Is once in the morning all we need?
NS: Every four to six hours is recommended or after excess sweating, i.e. immediately following sports or swimming.

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