Is it simply us, or is each magnificence staple packing just a little one thing further lately? SPF, that’s. Each different moisturizer, primer, basis, even eyeshadow comes factory-installed with SPF. And should you layer all of them you may be further protected, proper? Not proper? As soon as and for all, here is the reply.

“Sadly, the safety you get when layering SPF merchandise resembling primer, moisturizer, sunscreen, and basis will not be additive,” says Dr. Caroline Robinson, board-certified dermatologist and founding father of Tone Dermatology. In different phrases, layering SPF merchandise doesn’t make it easier to block extra rays. For those who layer three merchandise with SPF 30, it’s the identical factor as making use of one layer of SPF 30 sunscreen. When merchandise have completely different SPF ranges, you’ll be left with the safety degree of whichever you used essentially the most of. (As Dr. Robson factors out, “A few of us have a tendency to make use of make-up extra sparingly, and skip sure areas just like the ears and chest,” which is why she doesn’t advocate counting on make-up for solar safety.) And should you apply the identical quantity of all of the merchandise you layer, your internet SPF nonetheless gained’t be better than the very best particular person SPF within the bunch. “Crucial factor to recollect when layering,” she explains, “is that one product ought to offer you sufficient safety impartial of the opposite layers you apply.”

It’s sort of like how, should you eat a giant spinach salad each day, a vitamin C complement gained’t change your life. Does it assist to layer SPFs? No, although it gained’t harm both. So long as you don’t carry the false sense that you just’re further protected, which can trigger you to stint on precise sunscreen, layer away. And proceed the seek for a “broad spectrum, water-resistant SPF 30+” (physician’s orders!) you don’t thoughts utilizing a whole lot of. Nonetheless searching for the one? Dr. Robinson suggests Hero’s new Drive Protect Superlight Sunscreen, which is light-weight, mineral, fragrance-free, and comes with redness-reducing inexperienced tint. She additionally likes Isdin’s Ageless Sunscreen for a matte end that repairs whereas it protects, and Mele’s No Shade Sunscreen Oil for a day on the seashore.

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