The Scientist: Leslie Baumann, M.D., board-certified dermatologist and CEO of Baumann Cosmetic & Research Institute in Miami, FL.
On top of that, the pigment in makeup actually breaks down chemical sunscreen. The sun has the same effect, which is why you’re supposed to reapply sunscreen every two hours. Are you reapplying your makeup that often? We didn’t think so.
This isn’t to say that makeup with SPF doesn’t do anything. Indeed, almost all foundations are made with physical sunscreens (zinc oxide or titanium dioxide), which don’t break down in the sunlight. But again, it’s all about the amount, which is paltry—meaning that the SPF label on makeup bottles gives a false sense of security. In fact, FDA rules may soon require that foundations remove those SPF claims altogether, because they’re so misleading.
Bottom line? Wear sunscreen every day, and never rely on your makeup to do the job on its own.
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