Pros and Cons of SPF Makeup for Your Complexion

Pros and Cons of SPF Makeup for Your Complexion
This attentive beauty took no chances with her complexion.


We subject our skin to damaging rays from the sun every time we leave our homes.  This is why it is so important to start with protecting our face with proper sun protection at an early age.  After all, the sooner we start, the less accumulated damage we can expect to experience later in life for a more youthful appearance.  Yet, is wearing SPF makeup alone enough to keep the skin safe?  Though as helpful as SPF infused makeup may be or how high that SPF formula contains, you still may not be as protected as you think.   Thus, let me help to fill you in on the pros and cons of SPF makeup for sun protection.

One of the advantages of SPF makeup is you are getting some UVA/UVB protection from the damaging effects of sun over makeup without sunscreen.  After all, added protection is always a good thing.

Another of the pros of SPF makeup is the formula usually is waterproof and more melt proof on those hot, humid days than regular makeup.

SPF makeup usually has faster absorption of the sunscreen into the skin compared to how long it takes on average for your sunscreen to sink in.

While these are just some of the pros of SPF makeup, there also are some cons using it alone to guard your complexion from the sun.

One of the cons is that you may not be receiving the amount of sun protection that you thought  because of how you may be applying it.  You may not be putting on enough of that SPF foundation or makeup if you tend to only apply it to certain spots on your face.

You also need to think about how evenly you applied that SPF makeup.  If you used a brush, sponge or fingers, how well did you layer?  Are you confident your strokes were uniform to distribute the makeup adequately enough or more possibly in other areas?

Since makeup rests on the top layer of the skin, it fades away quicker through the day, which alters that protection.  This does not mean that SPF makeup isn’t valuable to preserving your beauty, it just means you might want to always start first with a layer of a chemical sunscreen with at least SPF 30.

For more about using SPF and your makeup, you might want to read my earlier post.



  1. Leanne
    June 21, 2018 / 4:42 am

    Great to know . I work outside so I try to limit the amount of sun I get on my face outside of work as well.

    • nuts4stuff
      June 21, 2018 / 5:35 am

      Yes, sun damage does accumulate through our lifetime. It is best to always try to take precautions to limit the amount of sun as possible.

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