Choosing the Right SPF Makeup

Spring is in the air, and that means more time outdoors. More time outdoors means more time in the sun. And more time in the sun means that you should be protecting your skin! First line of defense: protective clothing and a stylish, floppy hat. Beyond that, you should be using a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily on exposed areas. It’s a sure way to fight photo aging and keep skin smooth and youthful long-term.

What's the best SPF make-up?

Like everything in your skincare regimen, your choice of an SPF makeup for your face will be based on your unique needs. Some people like to apply a sunscreen under their favorite makeup base, while others prefer an all-in-one product – a foundation that includes a broad-spectrum SPF. Whichever route you choose for daily protection of your face, you’ll want to select products that include naturally derived sunscreens and beneficial botanicals. After all, many experts are now concerned that the chemicals in many sunscreens may be more damaging to skin than the sun’s rays!

That said, your safest bet for sunscreen is a mineral-based product, with an active ingredient such as zinc oxide. Mineral sunscreens provide a physical block from the sun, making them highly effective. The downside is that mineral sunscreens do not absorb into the skin the way chemical sunscreens do, so mineral sunscreens may leave a white film on the skin. Some blend into the skin better than others, though, so experiment to find the best product or product combination for you.

Since you’re wearing a sunscreen to prevent damage to your skin, it makes sense to give skin the full treatment with a product that contains age-fighting antioxidants. You can look for a sunscreen with antioxidant ingredients like green tea or Vitamin E, or you can go for a layered approach.

Here’s a regimen to try: apply Actifirm Renovation Serum to clean, dry facial skin. This wonderful product includes free-radical fighting Japanese green tea extract, as well as an anti-aging complex of gotu kola, Echinacea, and rosemary leaf extracts. After Actifirm Renovation Serum, apply a light yet effective moisturizer such as Actifirm Actimoist Booster. Following moisturizer, thoroughly cover the face and neck with your favorite, natural sunscreen. Last, put on your foundation of choice. This regimen offers a highly customized approach to beautiful skin now and in the future – thanks to sun protection and anti-aging antioxidants.

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