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Should I Use SPF Under Makeup?

SPF Under Makeup

Most dermatologists agree that we should all be wearing sunscreen every day, and these even includes using SPF under makeup. Most people, however, are not following this advice. This includes those who wear make-up. Dermatologists recommend that even people who wear make-up should be using some sort of SPF as well.

It is easy to forget just how damaging the suns rays can be. When we forget to protect against these harmful rays, we may see problems with our skin later in life including skin cancer. Young people are at a particular disadvantage because they will not see the damage that the sun causes until they are much older. They have no daily reminder staring at them in the mirror until it is much too late.

Sunburns happen frequently. Most of us experience sunburn in one form or another each year. It might seem like a little sun here and there shouldn’t hurt anything. Unfortunately, sunburn is contributing factor to skin cancer.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Over 2 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer each year. The more common form, nonmelanoma, accounts for close to two-thirds of all reported skin cancer cases. The other less common form of skin cancer is called melanoma and can result in death. The causes of both types of skin cancer can be traced back to too much exposure to the sun.

This is why it is crucial that we take good care of our skin from the time we are young. Dermatologists agree that year round sun-protection is best. Dr. Ringpfeil from Advanced Dermatology Center in Philadelphia, recommends patients to use sun-screen even when it is cloudy out. Many people believe they only need sunscreen when it is sunny out. In fact, this is a mistake. For those who wear make-up, it is also a mistake to believe that it alone will provide the proper protection you need against the sun’s damaging rays.  It is important to add the extra layer of SPF protection to ensure you are properly protected.

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SPF’s are made in many different varieties making it easy to find one that works for your skin and your daily make-up routine. Find one that you like and are willing to use everyday. Be sure to check out the products offered at Mendelson Dermatology.

It is a good idea to choose an SPF with a value of 15 or higher. Do not be afraid to apply the SPF liberally and reapply throughout the day as necessary.

If you have additional questions or concerns about using SPF with make-up, be sure to give us a call. We will answer your questions or set up a consultation with Dr. Mendelson.