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Can You Wear Zinc Sunscreen Under Makeup?

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Our Zinc Sunscreen "Works a Treat" Under Makeup

When it comes to our skincare routine, wearing sunscreen should always be at the top of the list. However, many people are unsure about applying sunscreen if they are also wanting to apply foundation and other makeup. Whether you're heading to work, attending a social event, or simply going about your daily activities, protecting your skin from harmful UV rays is crucial. In this blog post, we'll explore why wearing sunscreen under makeup is essential for maintaining healthy and youthful skin, how to choose the right sunscreen for wearing under makeup and how to apply it.

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Four Reasons to Wear Sunscreen Under Makeup

  1. Protection Against Sun Damage: Sunscreen is a powerful tool in shielding our skin from the harmful effects of the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays. It acts as a barrier that absorbs or reflects the UV radiation, preventing it from penetrating the skin and causing damage. By wearing sunscreen under your makeup, you add an extra layer of protection, reducing the risk of sunburn, premature aging, and skin cancer.
  2. Prevention of Hyperpigmentation: One common skincare concern is hyperpigmentation, which refers to the darkening of certain areas of the skin. Prolonged sun exposure can exacerbate this condition, leading to the appearance of dark spots, uneven skin tone, and melasma. By incorporating sunscreen into your makeup routine, you can minimize the chances of developing or worsening hyperpigmentation, allowing your skin to maintain a more even and radiant complexion.
  3. Anti-Aging Benefits: Wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin are all signs of aging that we wish to delay as much as possible. The sun's UV rays contribute significantly to premature aging by breaking down collagen and elastin, which are responsible for keeping our skin firm and elastic. By wearing sunscreen every day, including under your makeup, you provide an extra layer of defense against photoaging, preserving your skin's youthful appearance.
  4. Enhanced Makeup Application and Longevity: Applying sunscreen under your makeup can serve as a primer, creating a smooth canvas for your foundation and other cosmetic products. It can help to blur imperfections, minimize the appearance of pores, and provide a more even base for makeup application. Moreover, sunscreen prevents excessive oiliness or greasiness on the skin, helping your makeup last longer throughout the day.

How to Choose the Right Sunscreen For Wearing Under Makeup

When selecting a sunscreen to wear under makeup, opt for lightweight formulas such as our Daily Face & Body Sunscreen that won't feel heavy or interfere with your foundation. Look for products labeled as "broad-spectrum," which means they protect against both UVA and UVB rays and they should be SPF 30 or higher. Additionally, non-greasy sunscreen will help you to avoid a shiny complexion.

Here's what our customers say about wearing Seasick Sunscreen under makeup:

"I couldn’t believe that tiny amount required to cover my face. Under makeup it works a treat; no pooling in the facial lines (euphemism for wrinkles)." - Juliette

How to apply Seasick Sunscreen Under Makeup

  • Take a pea-sized amount of sunscreen and warm it in your palms
  • Smooth across your face making sure to rub it in well in the crease between your nose and cheeks and around your eyes- it rubs in better if you glide the sunscreen on rather than rubbing vigorously
  • Then you can apply your foundation directly on top - I use a liquid foundation which smooths out imperfections
  • Remember, sunscreen should be reapplied throughout the day

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Our Daily Face and Body Sunscreen is non-greasy and lightweight making it ideal for application under makeup. Wearing sunscreen under makeup is not just an extra step in your beauty routine; it's a crucial component of maintaining healthy, radiant skin. So, the next time you reach for your foundation or concealer, don't forget to apply a layer of sunscreen first. Your skin will thank you for it in the years to come. 

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