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Is a Dual Purpose Product with Sunscreen Enough? (Think Moisturizers or Foundations)

You guys know what time it is! Sunscreen time! One of our all-time favorite topics. If you haven’t read our blogs before or are relatively new to the Cheeky community, you’ll see that sunscreen and sun avoidance are often our main topics of conversation. I became crazily obsessed with avoiding the sun after I’ve spent the last 10 years battling melasma, which are dark spots on the face (& even body). I can also proudly say it’s been 10 years since my face has been in the sun (for the most part) and can 100% say that in the last 7 years, I’ve had my face out of the sun all together. You may not be on my level, nor want to be on my level, but if you can avoid the sun, we highly recommend it. Between our 74 hats in every car, bag, etc. and sunscreen just a powder dab away, we’ve done our fair share of research and shared our favorite sun avoidance tips.

But even if you don’t have melasma, you really should be avoiding the sun when you can & most especially sparing your face from its harmful rays. Sun exposure is the SINGLE MOST reason we age prematurely. No ifs, and’s or but’s. According to Skincancer.org, more than 90% of the visible skin changes associated with aging are actually caused by the sun’s harmful UV rays.  That’s REALLY huge. In fact, just to really hit home about how important it is to avoid the sun, here are some interesting stats:

  • Sun damage effects ALL layers of the skin
  • Sun exposure is the MOST significant controllable factor in skin aging
  • The sun does not discriminate even if you’re indoors – sun through glass causes photoaging
  • In a clinical study in Japan, people with lower levels of sun exposure looked 8 to 16 years younger than their actual age
  • Daily use of sunscreen reduces photoaging by 24%
  • Regularly applying sunscreen decreases cancerous carcinoma by 40% and melanoma by 50%

So in our never ending quest to protect ourselves from the sun’s rays, we thought about products lately that say they contain sunscreen. One major product type that comes to mind is makeup… but this topic of conversation can also included moisturizers and any other dual product that isn’t focused on just one thing. To save money and time, many folks are using foundation for instance that already has sunscreen in it, but does using a dual product give the same protection as using sunblock then foundation? That’s the real question!

Sunscreen should really be applied every 90 minutes… which no one would really want to do… Though I will say I apply really often when I’m out and about (I may be a little obsessive). But only because I have a handy powder sunscreen that I can just swipe and go. But if you’re not reapplying on a regular basis throughout the day, there are definitely things you want to look for when it comes to using a dual product, like a foundation.

  • Look for coverage with 50 SPF
  • Find products that have titanium dioxide and zinc oxide
  • If skin pigmentation is a problem, look for products that contain iron oxide

Check your moisturizers, foundations, etc. to see if they contain those ingredients or offer greater protection levels like SPF 50.

Though these products save time and money, I still suggest that y’all use a designated sunscreen prior to using a dual product and reapply frequently. 

#CheekyConfidential If creamy sunscreen irritates your eye area, opt for a powder sunscreen or consider using an SPF eye cream

If you’re on the hunt for a new sunscreen, here’s my favorite powdered sunscreen that I apply constantly. In fact, I own 3 of them so if I’m ever using a different bag, riding in a different car or anything out of the ordinary, I can be sure to grab it or have it in tow.

‘Powered by EnviroScreen Technology, this all-powerful, all-mineral skin shield provides total protection in one convenient, on-the-go application—alone or over makeup.

Broad Spectrum (UVA/UVB) Sunscreen
UVA protection rating: PA++++ (The PA rating measures protection against UVA rays only, and ranges from PA+ to PA++++. UVA rays are so-called “aging” rays.)
UVB protection rating: SPF 50
Water resistant (80 minutes)

Product Highlights – 

  • UV Protection
  • Pollution defense
  • Protects against 93% of blue light (that’s harmful rays from digital devices, yes it’s a thing)
  • Helps minimize damage caused by infrared radiation’

Active Ingredients:
Titanium Dioxide 22.5%; Zinc Oxide 22.5%

Some information and images provided by Colorscience.

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