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But when it comes to faces we tend to be a bit pickier — especially when looking for something to wear under makeup that won’t make your face extra greasy or worse, ghostly white. So what’s best?
Well, start by looking at the SPF, or Sun Protection Factor. This is a measure of the increased level of UVB light protection the product gives your skin compared to if it had no protection at all.
For instance, if applied correctly — with the correct amount of product and two-hourly reapplications — an SPF 30 product should allow your skin to be exposed to the sun 30 times longer than it would be without any protection at all before getting burnt.
“My take is that if you’re going to wear a sunscreen, you might as well wear the highest protection possible,” Dr Katherine Armour, a spokesperson for the Australasian College of Dermatologists, says. In other words, an SPF 15 is much better than wearing no protection at all, but opt for something higher if you can.
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When it comes to wearing sunscreen under makeup, there are a couple of popular myths floating around that we need to debunk right here, right now. One is that teaming a SPF 20 moisturiser with an SPF 15 foundation will give you SPF 35 coverage.
“They’re definitely not cumulative; you’re still probably only getting an SPF 20. Also, they’re more than likely not applied properly to get the level of SPF they say they are,” Dr Armour says.