SERIOUS QUESTION: Is the sunscreen in my foundation enough?

Asking for a friend…

By Erin Cook

Almost all of our favourite foundations – including IT Cosmetics CC Cream and Maybelline Fit Me Foundation – contain some sort of sunscreen, ranging from SPF 15 to 30+. Meaning that most mornings, we knock back a cup of coffee, slap on some sunscreen and skip out the door, assuming that we’re fully protected from the sun’s harmful rays.

However, this morning, we got to thinking: If my makeup has sunscreen, is that enough protection from the sun?

As Emma Hobson, Education Manager for the International Dermal Institute and Dermalogica explains, the SPF in your foundation could be enough if – and only if – you apply the recommended dosage of half a teaspoon. However, as Hobson points out, “That’s a heck of a lot of foundation!”

If you’re going to rely on your foundation to prevent sun damage, you need to apply liberally. “Remember, you also need to apply on your neck, ears and possibly your chest,” says Hobson. “If you’re covered up, it would probably be fine to use your tinted moisturiser in these areas – as long as your apply a sufficient amount.”

If you know you’re going to be exposed to the sun during the day – ie. you have plans to leave the house – you’re better off applying a lightweight sunscreen in addition to foundation. The good news? Nowdays, you can pick up a facial sunscreen for less than $20! We love Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face Sunscreen Lotion SPF50+, $16.99 at Priceline and Nivea Sun SPF 30+ Protect & Light Feel Daily Face Veil, $10.99 at Chemist Warehouse. Or, for something a little more ~fancy~, Demalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF50, $72.50 at AdoreBeauty is a cult favourite.