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Let’s Talk Sunscreen: Top 5 SPF Foundations

 March 10, 2017
Elizabeth in Health
If you haven’t already heard that protecting your skin from the sun is paramount to both your health and your looks, then it’s time to enlighten yourself! And better yet, find out how to minimize risk while looking great at the same time…

Most of us love the sun, and we love what the sun does to our skin. Turn up more tanned than usual, and suddenly its compliments galore and showering praise about how healthy and ‘glowy’ you look. Now while some sun exposure is important for Vitamin D, it’s worth noting that it takes only about half the time that it would take your skin to burn in order for your body to produce 10,000 IU of Vitamin D, when health professionals recommend at least 2,000 per day—therefore there is no reason to ever burn or tan, except for aesthetics!

However, if you’re lying for hours under the sun or on a sunbed in a salon, the joke’s on you—overexposure to UV light damages the elastin in the skin which can cause cancerous skin lesions, sagging, wrinkles, dilated blood vessels and a whole host of other nasty effects which do quite the opposite of helping you to stay looking youthful. And if you won’t listen to us, at least listen to Hugh Jackman, who publicly documents his trouble with sun-related skin carcinomas on his Instagram channel.

Both men and women (ourselves included) are pretty obsessed with our faces, so take extra care of yours by choosing a foundation with SPF in. For many of us, wearing makeup is part of our everyday routine anyway, so this takes no time out of your day but may prevent prematurely aging skin and even cancer! So, what have you got to lose? Check out of top five favorite SPF foundations here.


Top 5 SPF Foundations for 2018


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#1—bareMinerals Original Foundation SPF 15, $28.50

This original broad-spectrum SPF 15 formula from bareMinerals is a beauty classic for long-time mineral loving makeup fans. Also available in a matte formula, this 5-ingredient powder foundation boasts a flawless finish for up to eight hours, but the best bit…it includes SPF! It comes recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation and because it’s hypoallergic, non-comedogenic AND non-acnegenic, it won’t clog up your skin either. Win, win!

Bare Minerals Original Foundation SPF 15

Image: Sephora


#2—Dior Skin Forever Fluid Foundation SPF 35, $50

If you can afford to splash out on a premium brand, then make it Dior. This broad-spectrum fluid foundation promises a luminous matte finish, flawless correction, and SPF 35 protection all day long. This is perfect if you want that photoshop finish look while powerfully protecting your skin from pesky UV rays!

Dior Skin Forever Fluid Foundation SPF 35

Image: Sephora


#3—Maybelline New York Dream Fresh BB Sunscreen SPF 30, $8.99

This 8-in-1 skin perfector is a budget hero! For under $10, it’s an absolute steal and its lightweight BB formula is ideal for a quick and easy summer look which won’t clog your pores. With SPF 30 in, you can rest easy knowing that your skin will look glowing, and not because it’s bright red from sunburn…

Maybelline New York Dream Fresh BB Sunscreen SPF 30

Image: Ulta


#4—Orlane Compact Foundation SPF 50, $50

Is there anything better than a compact foundation? Yes, one with SPF 50 in! This little powerhouse from Orlane might set you back 50 bucks, but it’s worth every penny. Packed with vitamin E, this foundation keeps your skin supple and hydrated. Plus, it includes a mirror for checking up on your mid-day summer makeup slide!

Orlane Compact Foundation SPF 50

Image: Orlane


#5—Shiseido UV Protective Liquid Foundation SPF 42, $36

This mid-range liquid foundation is wonderful if you’re looking for a dewy, luminous finish with some sneaky anti-aging benefits thrown in. Including SPF 42 and SuperVeil-UV 360™ technology, it’s going to keep you looking fabulous for longer.


Image: Sephora


Now that we’ve got your beauty and safety needs covered, we just have to wait for summer…or if you live in a perpetually sunny state, get buying right now! Don’t forget to check out our beauty coupons to see if you could save on these SPF foundations.