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
Blog post: How SPF Changes With How Much Sunscreen You Use
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.
Blog post: Why Do I Need to Apply Sunscreen Before Sun Exposure?
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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14 thoughts on “Video: All Your Sunscreen and Make-up Questions Answered”
I made a similar video more than a year ago and look forward to watching yours later. Judging from the pinnable charts we follow the same rules.
You’re a life- and skin-saver. Thank you for this!
Hi Michelle, I love your new video. It’s very informative but yet easy to understand.
Looking forward to more videos from you.
You are the best – thank you for the citations and charts! <3
An awesome video, thank you!! Some of the questions you’ve answered were on my mind for years!
This is wonderful, thanks so much for all of your hard work!
Hi Michelle! Quick question: would setting sprays work (spf 50, like Coola or Goop) for touching up SPF if I used an spf 50 in the morning?
Excellent video, Michelle. I haven’t been too diligent about wearing sunscreen in the past but I’m much better these days. I recently switched to a routine that includes sunscreen in the last step of my regimen and especially love using a Mineral Powder with SPF as well.
Which sunscreen ingredient has most uva protection?
hello Michelle, I discovered your blog recently and I love it! I wish I had found you before.
I want to ask something, If a day I am in indoor (all day), study next to a window, do I need sunscreen? If I work and in the middle of the day I take a nap, I have to reapply sunscreen? can I apply make up over the suncreen with a brush?
thank you for all your wisdom and hard work!
Absolutely fantastic video. Thank you for your genius work.
I came to your channel after reading your interview at beautifulwithbrains, and was so impressed that you have a very simple morning routine. I am so enjoying your blog and videos, especially the science. This particular video is so so so helpful.
Great post, I appreciate all your hard work! I have a some questions…So would some foundations be comparable to a moisturizer? If they are a liquid form wouldnt they also reduce the SPF to some degree?
On another note, what about the lips? Do you recommend using SPF products to protect the lips?
Yes they would! Unfortunately it’s hard to say by how much, but it’s unavoidable if you want to wear both foundation and sunscreen.
Yes I would recommend them – the lower lip is a common site for skin cancer!