Or at least I hope all your sunscreen and make-up questions are answered! This video took me a bloody long time to research and put together, so I’m hoping I won’t have to revisit this topic again anytime soon.
The questions I talk about:
- Do I need to wear sunscreen every day, even though I’ll be inside most of the time?
- Do I need a separate sunscreen if my make-up has SPF?
- What happens when I layer multiple products with SPF?
- Can I mix sunscreen into my make-up?
- Is chemical or physical sunscreen better?
- Do I need to apply chemical and physical sunscreens differently?
- What order should I apply my products in?
- How should I apply my products so I don’t mess up my sunscreen?
- How can I stop sunscreen from balling up?
- How do I look less shiny? How can I get rid of the oil?
- Do I need to reapply sunscreen? How do I reapply sunscreen with make-up on?
My sunscreen reapplication flow chart
I’m a huge fan of charts – here’s the reapplication chart from the video as a pinnable image with some of the other tips from the video too.
Here are all the papers I directly referenced in my video. I read many more papers than this to get a feel for how sunscreens work, if you’re interested in this topic I’d encourage you to do the same.
Daily Sunscreen Benefits
Nambour Trial studies:
A Green et al., Daily sunscreen application and betacarotene supplementation in prevention of basal-cell and squamous-cell carcinomas of the skin: a randomised controlled trial, Lancet 1999, 354, 723–729.
A Green et al., Reduced melanoma after regular sunscreen use: randomized trial follow-up, J Clin Oncol 2011, 29, 257–263.
JC van der Pols et al., Prolonged prevention of squamous cell carcinoma of the skin by regular sunscreen use (open access), Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2006, 15, 2546–2548.
S Darlington et al., A randomized controlled trial to assess sunscreen application and beta carotene supplementation in the prevention of solar keratoses, Arch Dermatol 2003, 139, 451–455.
MC Hughes et al., Sunscreen and prevention of skin aging: a randomized trial, Ann Intern Med 2013, 158, 781–790.
Norwegian Women and Cancer (NOWAC) study:
R Ghiasvand et al., Sunscreen Use and Subsequent Melanoma Risk: A Population-Based Cohort Study, J Clin Oncol 2016, 34, 3976-3983
SPF and sunscreen application amount
B Petersen & HC Wulk, Application of sunscreen–theory and reality, Photodermatol Photoimmunol Photomed 2014, 30, 96-101
B Pruim & A Green, Photobiological aspects of sunscreen re-application, Australas J Dermatol 1999, 40, 14-18.
Moisturiser and sunscreen
AH Lui & K Greive, The effects of applying a moisturiser on sunscreen efficacy, Poster presented at Australian College of Dermatologists Annual Scientific Meeting, May 2016, Perth Australia.
F Kluschke et al., Gain or loss? Sunscreen efficiency after cosmetic pretreatment of the skin, Skin Pharmacol Physiol 2014, 27, 82–89.
RP Stokes & BL Diffey, A novel ex vivo technique to assess the sand/rub resistance of sunscreen products, Int J Cosmet Sci 2000, 22, 329–334.
DM Beyer et al., Clothing reduces the sun protection factor of sunscreens, Br J Dermatol 2010, 162, 415-419
RM Sayre, J Powell & LA Rheins, Product application technique alters the sun protection factor, Photodermatol Photoimmunol Photomed. 1991, 8, 222–224. (I actually couldn’t find a copy of this, but the quote from the abstract matches what the lead author has said recently in a news article so I’m assuming it’s accurate.)
Products in the video
In case you wanted the links (or if you wanted to direct some Amazon money my way from your usual haulings – thank you so much if you do!)
- Kryolan Anti-Shine Powder
- e.l.f. Translucent Powder
- Elta MD UV Clear Sunscreen
- La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra-Light Fluid (US version)
- Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence
- Ecotools Sponges
- Beauty Blender
- Real Techniques Cushions
- Memebox Cushion Puffs
If you have any feedback or suggestions for my next video, please let me know!
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