Another post from our FAQ Series: Does mineral makeup contain SPF?
This is a very common question we get often. The short answer is -no.
But let me explain why.
The FDA classifies any product making a claim of SPF as a drug, and rigorous, independent testing must be employed by any company making any spf claim. The restrictions have become even more stringent since 2013, when the Fda really placed higher restrictions on all sun protective products.
I agree, wholeheartedly, with this legislation, as it was really modified for the protection and safety of the consumer and end user of any product promising protection from uva and uvb rays.
The confusion comes for consumers when some makeup products DO claim spf. Makeup companies can pay for the same rigorous testing, and qualify through the fda to place an spf rating on their makeup. More confusion also comes is as many people understand enough about Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide to know that they are common ingredients found in a lot of mineral makeup, but also found, and used, as physical sunblock ingredients in Sun protection creams, lotions, sprays, etc.
So what IS the correct answer? the correct answer is at Fortunate Face Minerals we make no claims on Sun protection in our products.
For the reasons named above, including making those claims would move us from the cosmetics classification into the drug classification, and that is something we are not interested in doing.
Also for another, often overlooked reason. That is, in makeup there is no set usage rate. If you are putting on mineral foundation, you may only need one thin, light coat for your desired coverage, but what if the spf in that small amount isn’t actually the recommended amount for accurate coverage and spf protection? We all know, or should know, the recommended dosage for an average adult is one shot glass ( which ends up being approximately 2 ounces) full of a lotion style sunscreen to cover your entire body. Since there is no guarantee that you are actually going to apply as much makeup as “required”, and since the only other option is applying more makeup that you need, which, to me, is counterintuitive, it seems unwise to rely on your makeup as your sunscreen. ( it is also why I don’t love skincare ingredients in makeup either, and feel skincare should be a separate entity in your beauty regimen, so you can control the amounts being used on your skin)
Instead, we highly recommend using a sunscreen prior to your makeup application, that way there is never any question that you have fully protected your skin with a product intended to do so, and in the correct proportions.
I personally am still in love with Coppertone it may be the smell that takes me back, but it works, and it’s still a favorite, as is Banana Boat. I haven’t personally had much success with the more natural brands of sunscreen, but I will keep testing more of them out, to see if I can find one I love, and feel comfortable relying upon, my next trial will be Alba Botanicals Since I’m a big fan of their skincare. I’ll keep you posted!
ok the product sample of the week, to be included in all full-sized orders, is Wanton cheek color- this shade mimics the deep red tone your skin can turn after exposure to the sun, but without the damage! So rock your SPF and then rock Wanton to look like you spent all day in the sun!