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These Sunscreens Were Basically Made To Be Worn Under Makeup

From what to look out for and how to apply them, these are guaranteed not to cause a landslide on your face, rain or shine.

Sunscreen is important. You know you need it and you should already be using one (hopefully), especially if acids are incorporated into your skincare routine, as they cause the skin to be more sensitive to sunlight. It’s kind of like anti-pollution drops, where the results aren’t instantaneous and is here to protect the skin from damage that will surface a couple years down the road.

There are two types of sunscreens that exist: One, the most common kind that contains zinc oxide and titanium oxide to physically deflect UVA/UVB rays. The second is chemical-based that absorbs the rays instead, but usually comes with more complications and irritation for sensitive skin users.

For some, the thought of sunscreen can be repulsive because there are many formulas that are heavy, sticky and leaves a dreadful white cast. Plus, it doesn’t help that humidity is a nightmare for makeup and the slightest increase in oils and moisture would result in a landslide on the face. Thankfully, there are actually options out there for skin types and different climates that range from creams, gels to even serums.

As for when you should be applying them, it varies as to what type of sun protection you use. For a typical sunscreen base, it’s applied at the end of your skincare routine but before primer and makeup. There are products where sunscreen can go over your makeup, making them good for touch-ups. Although, the sunscreen should be fully dry so that it doesn’t dilute and reduce the effectiveness. Below, we have five different forms of sunscreen that will sit under your makeup with minimal disruption from start to finish.

Chanel Super Active Complete Correction SPF 50

Chanel’s Super Active Complete Correction is a CC cream that not only protects the skin from both UVA and UVB, it also soothes, moisturises and smoothens out the skin for a better and more even application under a layer of foundation – if added coverage is needed. Plus, with all that goodness of Vitamins A, E and C and antioxidants found in it, there’s that added layer of protection from the outside air, all while nourishing the skin.

Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 PA++++

If you’re looking for a product that can help to multitask and skip a couple of steps during your skincare routine, this Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 PA++++ can hydrate, prime and protect the skin for up to eight hours. The formula is also non-comedogenic, absorbs quickly and leaves a matte and silky finish for that smooth and even coverage.

Barbara Sturm Sun Drops SPF 50

In the versatility category, Barbara Sturm’s Sun Drops wins hands down. In the form of a serum, it can be dropped into creams, gels or simply used on its own. Apply and pat, that’s all there is to it. Plus, since it’s so ridiculously lightweight, applying frequently and over your makeup would not be a problem since the product is easily absorbed and doesn’t contain any oils that would risk shifting anything.

Hera Sun Mate Daily SPF35/PA+++

Hera’s Sun Mate Daily is both a sunscreen and primer in one, meaning time saved when you’re rushing out. It’s also extremely moisturising and turns from cream to colourless upon contact, so you don’t have to worry about that dreaded white overcast that will change the colour of your foundation. Plus, it works extremely well under both lightweight and regular foundations because of its lightweight texture and the silica that helps to provide a smooth finish.

Estée Lauder Crescent White Full Cycle Brightening Ultra-Light UV Protector SPF 45/PA++++

This new product from Estée Lauder is a water light formula that helps to protect you from the sun for up to eight hours, contains powerful antioxidants to fight against free radicals and has brightening ingredients for a more even skin tone. On top of that, it’s also hydrating and soothing for the skin, which can help with irritated or damaged skin.

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