Have you ever been tempted to mix your sunscreen with your moisturizer or foundation? I know I have.
Finding a good sunscreen is really hard: some are greasy, others leave a white cast. And besides, sunscreen is an extra (but very necessary and one you should never skip!) step in your beauty routine and adding it to your lotion would not only save you time but also make sure you never forget to apply it.
If you’re thinking, “Oh, that’s a good idea, I’m going to try that now” think again. It’s not a good idea. It’s actually a very bad one.
Why you shouldn’t mix sunscreen with lotion
Why, I hear you ask? Well, there are a couple of very good reasons why mixing your sunscreen with your moisturizer or foundation should be avoided.
The first one is that, by doing so, you are diluting your sunscreen. That means that a SPF30 sunscreen, for instance, can become a SPF15 or less. Think about it. To get the protection claimed on the label, you need to apply one teaspoon of sunscreen to your face.
That’s a lot and if your sunscreen is diluted, then you’d have to apply even more cos the lotion you just mixed simply won’t provide enough protection for your skin.
In addition, sunscreen formulations are delicate and some of the ingredients present in your moisturizer or foundation may actually compromise the active sunscreen ingredients, making them less or not effective at all.
Mixing your sunscreen with foundation or lotion may seem a good idea, but it will diminish its effectiveness, leaving your face prone to sunburn and to the damage the dangerous sun rays cause. Not really a risk worth taking is it?