[unpaid/sample/affiliate/ad] This is such a common question so I’ll tackle it the best I can by introducing Kate Somerville SPF50 Makeup Setting Spray as well as a few other suggestions. It’s easier to use your SPF as a base or primer before applying your make up but if you want to top up during the day without disrupting your carefully applied make up there are sprays for exactly that. However, I don’t think we are at full knowledge of efficacy of light film SPFs or SPF fuelled bases – on the one hand, we’ve all seen the teaspoon required to give full protection and a teaspoon of foundation on anyone’s face isn’t going to look – er, natural. I also think that we’ve fallen into a bit of a beauty industry trap of thinking unless we are loaded with SPF on our faces dreadful things will happen. It’s a huge leap between preventing skin cancers and being concerned about a premature line or two but does anyone really know if applying an SPF primer, an SPF foundation and then SPF top up sprays is too much? It’s a lot on the skin. Conversely, if we go the full hog with just one thick SPF50, it’s almost impossible to keep make up on, never mind controlling the sweat moustache that it gives.
So, to the point in question – top ups that go well over make up. Kate Somerville’s SPF 50 Makeup setting spray (honestly, I nearly go mad with makeup, make up or make-up – who knows!?) is specifically designed to give a light film that settles on the skin and gives a matte finish. It feels a little oily at first but quickly settles and the mist is ultra-fine – I’m not sure I’d class it as fully matte though until it’s been on the skin for quite some time. I’d suggest that you don’t ‘over-mist’ because of the initial oiliness that can induce mascara smudging and use it as a light protection top-up – more as a handy hand-bag item in case you’re caught unawares. In fact, I’d say that for all mists. I should flag that reviews on this are mixed. It’s £34 HERE.
Garnier Ambre Solaire also has an SPF 50 Over Make Up Spray which is currently on sale at Look Fantastic for £6 HERE, and La Roche-Posay Anthelios Sun Protection Face Mist SPF50 is £10.50 instead of £14 HERE. I haven’t personally tested Pixi Sun Mist, SPF30 £18 HERE, but it has good reviews. I think the secret to sun mists is little and often – it’s not realistic to expect your make up to stay perfect if you drench your face in what has to be an oil-based product. Most will have a mattifying element but you must give them a few minutes to dry. Half of me says just get a hat instead to avoid all the pitfalls but for me, the easiest thing is to use TanLuxe (£35 HERE) or similar to warm my tone, use no base and apply blush, mascara, lips etc – nobody ever notices there is no foundation and believe me, it’s much more comfortable and less perspiration inducing.
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Ah, I wish someone would come up with an SPF that doesn’t do three things: leave a white cast, leave a sweaty moustache, and sting my eyes. Every type has its tradeoffs and I wish we could have at least one that’s perfect! You’re right that there’s a bit of a scare about the amount we apply, but considering there’s no safe level of sun (as there is no safe level of alcohol consumption) it’s better to create a routine where we just take it as it is, apply the necessary amount and hope there will be more elegant formulations soon. There has been a significant improvement in recent years so I don’t doubt it.
Agreed! However, we need the sun (vitamin D for bones, immune system etc) in a way we don’t need alcohol and you must expose some part of yourself for 15 minutes to get what you need. I know someone who took sun fear so seriously she ended up needing Vitamin D infusions. I mean, there are some health benefits to wine aren’t there? Mine’s purely medicinal… ;-)))))))
You’re right there – SPF can impede vit. D synthesis, but most people don’t apply enough sunscreen to do that in the first place. And you also have two other options that don’t involve the risk of skin cancer: supplements, and a vit. D rich diet (which also helps for a lot of other things). I know that in the UK sun is scarce most of the year but where I live, I can certainly get enough indirect sun exposure while working on my desk near a window. 😀 It’s a complex topic, though, as sadly many people don’t have access to supplements or healthier diet options. These people are also at higher risk of cancer because they most probably don’t use SPF, too…
…which is then a whole other conversation about the economics of sunscreens – why so expensive? You can protect much more cheaply but without the skin care ingredients, so a much more basic way but still good protection.
Yes! Amen! Good SPF shouldn’t be a luxury…
Sweat moustache! Laughed out loud at the accuracy of that – so much my experience when I was walking the dog this morning after applying my SPF!
Also forehead…. those two are the key sweatage spots….
Hi Jane, I don’t really understand how SPF mists work….I always thought that chemical sunscreens needed to soak into, and interact, with actual skin in order to work. If it’s going over makeup – isn’t the makeup a barrier to prevent that from happening?
Or do the chemicals soak through the makeup?
As an Aussie growing up in the 70s…the slogan, “slip, slop, slap” is ingrained. Slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen and slap on a hat! The way I get round the VIt D issue is to keep my arms bare (in the UK, not Australia) for a little while in the sun but fully sunscreen my face. You don’t see it much anymore but in Oz, you used to see people who’d never worn sunscreen…that’s enough to make you wear it on your face, neck and chest everyday! Cx
Exactly this – so much confusion around this that I don’t understand myself particularly. So, yes, you will get some protection from a) spf and b) pigment in your foundation … I sort of feel that mists are for the equivalent of the worried well – a belt and braces approach. You should, in theory, reapply sunscreen every 2 hours but I assume that’s a beach situation or extreme sun situation (such as Oz) but that’s the messaging so I guess a mist provides some protection – they can’t say it does if it doesn’t … but you’re right, it’s really not at all clear and I don’t know the answer to your specific question. I’ll try and find out though.
Great topic! I have to agree with the previous posters in regards to the sweat factor. During the summer months, I love to stay outside. Protecting my skin is always on my mind. However, I have never really found a sunscreen that didn’t make me sweat profusely.
I feel the key is to let it settle into the skin for a good ten minutes or so… or more if you can before you hit the heat.