Monday, 27 January 2014


Every woman who wants to protect from the sun and health care, but without sacrificing vanity, have come across these issues: use base or shield? Moisturizer with or without filter?

Today, the makeup is not just the beauty but also the skin. However, this type of product still raises many questions, especially with the arrival of summer. So, to work to eliminate all of them with the help of a dermatologist Walter Loureiro:

1. Makeup with shield has the same function that sunscreen?

Depends on type of product. "In most cases, the use of makeup associated with sunscreen is beneficial because it helps protect skin from visible light, that sunscreen without the base does not. This additional protection can be achieved with the use of protectors that come with the base or vice versa, "explains the doctor.

It must, however, keep an eye on the packaging to ensure the product protects against UV-A and UV-B rays. "Makeup that contain sunscreen are very interesting, but often, and protect only against UV-B rays, do not allow them to be applied as uniformly as the protector," added Walter.

2. Can I trust the protection of the base with a filter?

Yes, since the rule of the previous question is followed. In addition, the doctor gives another hint: "Sunscreens with underlying tone usually offer much protection as the UV-B UV-A - a great alternative."

3. It is necessary to add protection factors of makeup and sunscreen when you combine the two?

"Unfortunately, this is not an exact science: a foundation with SPF 15 applied over a protective SPF 15 will not necessarily confer an equivalent to an SPF 30 protection - in most cases, protects less," explains Walter.

4. What is the best way to apply the product?

If you choose makeup with filter, it should normally be applied in all areas of the face. If you prefer the two products separately, first use the shield, then the base.

5. Apply sunscreen once a day is enough?

No. "The ideal is that the product is reapplied every three hours. And if you're wearing makeup and want complete protection, it is necessary to redo the whole process throughout the day, because the application will certainly smudge makeup. We know that woman's life is not easy! "Jokes the doctor.

6. Hydration of the skin interferes with the way the products are absorbed?

Yes, it is important to take care of the skin so that it is always well protected, including sunlight.

According to the dermatologist, "a well hydrated skin absorbs best products applied. In addition, she has a natural barrier that protects against potentially irritating elements such as the sweat itself. Remember that, at the beach, the wind is a major cause of dryness. " And the doctor also gives two basic tips: "quick baths with mild soap, and use of moisturizers are essential."

7. How to know which is the correct protective factor to use on my skin?

It is very important to seek the guidance of your dermatologist to choose the best shield to use. Only professional guidance will be able to take into account all factors combined that decision. Skin color is not the sole deciding factor - the shield texture, skin type, the season, the disease, the age and habits of life must also be considered.

But, anyway, it is useful to know how the ranking system of this type of product works. "In the laboratory, measuring the time it takes for the skin turns red when exposed to a standardized source of UV-B radiation. Then apply the sunscreen, and the test is repeated. If the skin takes 15 times longer to redden, the FPS is 15, if it takes 60 times longer, the FPS is 60. So, an SPF 60 filter does not block ultraviolet rays 4 times more compared to 15 FPS. However, by protecting 4 times longer. Thus, those who have black skin, it takes to turn red, you can use a filter with broad spectrum SPF 15, while for a very fair skin that turns red quickly, you should use a high SPF such as 60 ", Walter explains.

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8. What other precautions should I take to protect my skin from the effects of the sun?

- Avoid sun exposure during the period of highest incidence of UV-A and UV-B rays, ie, from 10 to 16h.

- The use of sunscreen is not a free pass for that period. As the incidence of the rays is intense, there is a risk of damaging the skin.

- Did you know that there are clothes with sun protection filter? These are nano fabrics that support multiple washings. For Walter, "is especially suitable for those with very fair skin or practicing outdoor activities such as jogging or fishing."

- If your doctor prescribes it, take a daily dose of vitamin C - an important antioxidant that fights sun damage. It can also be applied in cream form, which enhances the effect of the sunscreen.

- Know nutraceuticals. "Are dietary supplements, or herbal antioxidants that protect the skin, reducing the problems caused by sun rays" concluded the doctor.


  1. I'm all about sunscreen mixed with make up! I use it as much s possible in foundation and base.
    xoThe Beckerman Girls