Clients are starting to abandon their heavy winter moisturizers for lighter skincare and spend more time outside so it is the perfect chance to learn what’s new for sun care! I talked to Cassandra Lacina-Griffin, one of our licensed estheticians, for answers to common questions.
Question: If I have SPF in my make-up, is that enough coverage?
Answer: Probably not. Most people aren’t wearing full make-up to take the dogs for a walk and by afternoon, the coverage won’t be effective if you put your make-up on in the morning. For people who want light-feeling SPF coverage, a good choice is the Rhonda Allison Sheer Tint Finisher. It provides SPF 18, is easy to apply, and as an added benefit, evens many skin tones so is perfect under make-up or powder. No SPF product lasts all day, so you would need to reapply something if you put on your sheer tint finisher and SPF make-up in the morning before going out in the afternoon sun.
If you will be out for more than a few minutes, you could consider the Rhonda Allison SPF 30 sunscreen which is good for face and body (don’t forget your hands and decollete! They are some of the first body parts to show signs of sun damage!) This still needs reapplied, but will last longer outside and provide more coverage than make-up. You can still wear make-up over it.
Question: Should I put on my sunscreen before or after my moisturizer?
Answer: Sunscreen goes on after your moisturizer. Depending on your moisturizer (or serum) you’ll want those active ingredients closer to the skin so they can penetrate the skin easier. You want your sunscreen closest to the sun exposure to provide a barrier.
Question: Do the products I use impact what kind of sunscreen I need?
Answer: When you are using professional grade correctives like many of the Rhonda Allison line, your skin is getting more exfoliation, which means new, fresh skin that is more susceptible to burns. Just because you aren’t prone to burning, you still need sun protection. If you are investing in great skin care and corrective products, you need sunscreen more than ever so you don’t counteract all the good you are doing for your skin.
If you’d like more information, book a facial with Cassandra or any of our estheticians by clicking here.