Not exactly, warns dermatologist Josh Zeichner, MD, who says that while SPF makeup is a nice complement, it’s no substitute for daily sunscreen. “Makeup with sunscreen can provide some protection, but is not enough,” Dr. Zeichner says, adding that SPF foundation labels can be misleading, especially if you’re looking for a lightweight finish. While Dr. Zeichner affirms that SPF-infused foundations can provide some added protection, the best practice is to use them in tandem with sunscreen.
Shalom Blanc, a YouTuber and burn survivor, had the same predicament — but hers goes a little bit deeper. Despite coming to the U.S. for surgery, Blanc was left with heavy scarring as well as damaged hair follicles. Despite that, Blanc admitted that she’s still working on building up her confidence.