Learn the secrets of photo make-up, the product that dermatologists recommend the most
Dermatologists repeat this endlessly: sunscreen is the last step in a good care routine. And not the last in importance, but the final touch so that the skin leaves the house clean, hydrated, and perfectly protected.
In summer, no one doubts the need to wear sunscreen since, even if we are not lying in the sun on the beach or the pool, the ultraviolet rays affect us more strongly than at any other time of the year. But this gesture should be 365 days a year.
Leaving the house with the sunscreen on prevents us from photoaging. It is essential to use it daily, since nothing that you put on or do, once the wrinkles are installed, will be as effective as avoiding them. Don’t forget that 80% of wrinkles are caused by the sun.
Well, having said all this, it seems clear that the photoresist is not negotiable. Both for day to day and, of course, to go to the beach or pool. Now, what about makeup? Is it incompatible with being well photoprotected? Do you wear over or under sun protection?
Made up in the sun
There are many doubts that arise for women for whom the idea of not going with their imperfections (dark circles, pimples, spots) covered is uphill, even if they go in a bathing suit and kaftan.
For them, there is a possibility and not just anyone, but the one recommended by all dermatologists: photo make-up. It is important, first of all, to clarify that a photo makeup is not a makeup base on SPF. That is, you have seen many times that some makeup foundations include SPF. It is usually a factor 15, insufficient if you are going to expose yourself to the sun, much more when it is usually a filter that does not contemplate all types of radiation. It adds up, but by itself, it is not enough.
In addition to this, the idea of wearing conventional makeup to go sunbathing, using it over or under your sunscreen, does not seem too good either. To the indisputable fact that, once you have made up, and although it is not impossible, reapplication of the filter becomes very complicated (which, as you know, should be every two hours, after bathing or sweating profusely) adds that the heat is not good either. ally:
With heat, the pores on the skin’s surface dilate, allowing cosmetics that have been applied to the face to penetrate into that first layer of the skin. In this way, the skin becomes dirty and, as a consequence, pimples and other imperfections can appear. Neither would they be strange reactions, such as dermatitis or inflammation ”, warns Mª José Tous, pharmacist and founder of Laboratorios Kosei.
So the smart thing to do seems to resort to a specific product to protect the skin from the sun that provides the color. In this territory, there are several options. The first, the sunscreen with color. The second, the photo makeup. They might look like the same thing, but they are not.
Solar filter with color or photo make-up?
Tinted sunscreen, many skincare experts warn, is usually not a good idea if you just wear that. Why? The dermatologist Ana Molina explains it very well:
It has been shown that when we apply a tinted sunscreen to the skin, we unconsciously apply much less than the recommended amount since, by wearing color, we see ourselves excessively covered, as with a mask ”.
As an alternative to this option, which, although correct, is not very operative and, therefore, has all the ballots that, once experienced, it is one-and-no-more, there is the photo make-up, which we will talk about later.
There would be another option, which is the one proposed by many skincare experts who put on our skin (pun intended): first apply a layer of colorless facial sunscreen to ensure that the proper amount of product has been used and, therefore, the skin is well protected and, afterward, use touches of another of equal protection but with color.
This second step will allow you to cover imperfections such as pimples, spots, or marks without compromising the full sun protection (which will go underneath) and, on the other, provide that healthy point without which women who are used to wearing makeup on a daily basis cannot live.
What is photo make-up?
But we said that there is also the photo makeup. This product, which usually comes in a compact or cushion format, seeks to cover the skin like make-up does, protecting as a broad-spectrum sunscreen protects.
The Dr. Mayte Truchuelo, Dermatologist. , Specifies: The photomake-up is not a sunscreen SPF 50 with color, but it offers the features we need for conventional makeup in coverage, texture (smooth or compact), and result on the skin (matt or satin as required).
Macarena Viro, a pharmacist, goes further: “Photomake-up makes us feel better, it can also help us camouflage imperfections, equalize the tone in certain pathologies such as vitiligo, hyperpigmentation, acne … and protect our skin.”
How to use the photo makeup
It can be used with the sponge directly to the skin, covering the entire face, because it is formulated for it and, therefore, it usually comes in different shades, like makeup bases.
Now, if it is too heavy, which sometimes occurs in some skin or in some women who do not want as much coverage, the dermatologist Ana Molina recommends, once again, that the photomake-up goes on top of another transparent sunscreen and is used to touch up throughout the day.
Photo makeup is very fashionable and every time they are made with better textures and finishes. When it is good, it evens the tone, illuminates the skin, and protects it perfectly. Of course, they seem like a very smart strategy to have everything in one step: hydration, sun protection, and makeup ”.
“So that the same thing that occurs with protection creams with color does not happen, I recommend using a photoprotector without color in the recommended amount (2 mg / cm2) and then, if we want to cover or give color, use photo makeup on top”, she specifies.
You know: if you want to go divine to the pool, choose a photo make-up that suits the needs of your skin. They exist for photoaged skin, with acne tendency, even sensitive to the sun.
And when you come back from vacation, don’t forget that photomake-up is the product that best helps you reapply sun protection throughout the day and retouch your makeup, both in summer and winter, spring and autumn. Only the prettiest ones knew how to reapply sun protection throughout the day when you are wearing makeup and now… the rest of them have run out of excuses.