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My makeup, Neutrogena Healthy Skin Makeup, contains an SPF of 20. Do you think that's enough to prevent sun damage/darkening? For me, using sunscreen, like Coppertone, generally irritates my skin and makes it look greasy. Furthermore, I don't go out in the sun much anyways.
 

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I use spf50, though it does make my face look kinda oily. The makeup I use has already spf15 in it so combined I guess its good. Just shiny....
 

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SPF 15-20, which is what usually is in makeup is good for people that just go to work and are not outside at all for any long period of time.
 

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SPF 20 is enough for daily routines, but if you're going to be outside for extended periods of time I'd raise the number to 30 SPF.
 

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The higher the better IMO. Most people only apply 25-50% of the recommended amount of sunscreen. So most people are not getting near the stated protection on the bottle.
 

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My face still gets red with SPF 50! I am also dark complected but I do live in the tropics and use tretinoin so that is partially the reason for the sensitivity.
 

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SPF of 30 can be added under your makeup. This will protect you for about 2 hours. Now this does not mean 2 hours IN the sun , but 2 hours of time. Apply it at 7am, it will not be effective at noon when you take a walk. Two ingredients are a must. Titanium
oxide (i believe) and parasol. Those really high numbers just give about 5% more coverage. Even if you stay in the house, the light at the windows and ******* window will age us.
 

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Wow, that seems a bit "paranoid"-ish.

2 hours? why two hours? why not four or five? why two? Why won't it be effective after that?
 

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That's true, Suzy. Titanium dioxide (and zinc oxide) are nice broad spectrum sunscreens. Devita 30 is a great one.

Another option if you don't like those are the chemical sunscreens, but you need to look for the ingredients "mexoryl" or "tinosorb" provide photostability. Otherwise the ingredients are broken down by the photons in the sun and no longer provide any protection (and then you have to re-apply every 2 hours or so). Please read this about sunscreens, since it explains it better than I can! :

Why Tinosorb M and Tinosorb S are Effective Sun Filters Article | Pharmacymix.com, Skin Care Pharmacy and Blog Specializing in Anthelios and Mexoryl Sunscreens

Parasol is avobenzone and is easily degraded by the sun unless protected by Tinosorb S/M.



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I would suggest 30 or better. Many makeups and tinted moisturizers now contain sunscreen that you can apply over your sunscreen or sunblock for additional protection.
 

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I normally use spf 30 but I never re-apply. Is re-applying necessary?? I don't sweat that often!
 

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SPF 20 is enough if you are not staying out for a very short time. Else I would suggest you go for SPF 30. It is the most recommended one.


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