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- Cosmetics can make your complexion look flawless, but what are you left with when your makeup comes off? If you want to look as youthful as possible with a fresh face, it's vital that you use sun protection daily. Sunscreen can limit the ultraviolet (or UV) damage that gives rise to imperfections and help you lower your risk of developing skin cancer in the future. Here at drugstore.com, we make it easy to find the ideal sunscreen for your needs with a diverse assortment of SPF cosmetics.
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Maybelline Fit Me! Foundation, SPF 18, Classic Ivory 120- 1 fl oz
Maybelline Fit Me! - Foundation, SPF 18, Classic Ivory 120 - 1 fl oz
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L'Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup SPF 20, Natural Beige- 1 fl oz
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Getting Optimal Protection

Before you consider what type of sunscreen cosmetic will fit easily into your makeup application routine, you need to determine what level of protection your complexion requires. All sunscreens have Sun Protection Factor (or SPF) ratings, which indicate how much of the sun's UVB rays your sunscreen can effectively absorb or reflect. An SPF 15 product can protect you from 93 percent of UVB rays, while one with an SPF 30 rating shields the skin from 97 percent of UVB rays.

Experts usually recommend a minimum SPF rating of 15 for daily wear although some people require or prefer to use a higher SPF. Your doctor can help you decide which SPF rating is most ideal for your complexion's needs. It's also important that you choose a product with broad-spectrum protection, meaning that it also offers protection from UVA rays.

Primers, BBs and CCs That Protect

Primers, BB creams and CC creams with SPF protection can reduce the risk of sun damage while providing you with a number of other benefits. All three types of products prep the complexion for cosmetics to give you a more even finish from your foundation, concealer and other makeup. By readying the skin for cosmetics, the products also help makeup stay in place without fading or smudging.

BB and CC creams offer anti-aging protection with antioxidants and hydrating benefits with moisturizing ingredients. In addition, the lightweight formulas of the creams perfect the skin and make flaws like fine lines more difficult to spot. CC creams provide the additional benefit of color correction, making redness, sallowness and hyperpigmentation less visible.

Facial Makeup with SPF Protection

Top cosmetics brands now add sunscreen ingredients to many types of facial cosmetics to help you shield your skin from the sun. Foundations with SPF protection can be used to create the illusion of a flawless complexion by covering up imperfections and irregularities in skin tone.

Many SPF foundations are liquid makeup. These products come in moisturizing formulations for normal to dry complexions and in oil-free and mattifying formulations for normal to oily and combination complexions. For fuller coverage, you can choose a cream to powder SPF foundation or a foundation stick.

Prefer a lighter, easier to blend finish? Pressed and loose powder foundations with SPF protection will give you the results you desire. You can also find lightweight tinted moisturizers with SPF protection that provide a light touch of color while hydrating the skin.

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