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There’s no denying that the white cast that sunscreen leaves behind can get in the way of slaying your desired beauty look. While sun protection is an absolute must, the thought of flaunting a ghost-like appearance is enough for some people to skip out on SPF altogether. Instead of putting your skin at risk for sun damage and allowing visible signs of aging to become more prominent, it’s time to banish the annoying white cast. Below, we’re sharing seven tips to help you avoid that unflattering white look.
First things first, let’s cover what a white cast is and why it happens. If you only wear sunscreen at the beach (FYI, you should wear it every day), you may have had a white cast but not even noticed it. A white cast refers to when your sunscreen leaves a white layer on your skin. This can be especially noticeable in pictures, just like makeup flashback. Why do sunscreens give you a white cast? Well, it isn’t something that always happens. Certain sunscreen formulas are prone to giving off a white cast, and how you apply your sunscreen can also play a part. Now, onto those tips.
Unlike physical sunscreen, which works like a shield to deflect harmful sun rays from your skin, chemical sunscreen works like a sponge, absorbing the sun’s rays, per the American Academy of Dermatology. Most importantly, the AAD says that this offering tends to be easier to rub into the skin without leaving behind a white residue.
One grave mistake you may be making is not allowing your sunscreen enough time to sit on your skin before heading outdoors. The FDA shares that you should apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before you go outside for maximum protection.
If you’re working with a dark skin tone, you may have given up on your hopes of finding the perfect sunscreen that doesn’t leave you with ashy-looking skin. Thankfully, all you need to do is switch things up with a tinted sunscreen to get the job done. Offering the best of both worlds, this option provides sun protection and a colored tint to complement your skin tone perfectly.
When it’s time to apply sunscreen, your first thought may be to slather the product all over your skin. Sure, the goal is to ensure that every area of your face is protected, but rubbing sunscreen onto your skin can prevent it from laying evenly on your face. In turn, this can cause streaking to occur. Instead of rubbing, try patting sunscreen onto your skin.
Another great way to avoid sunscreen with an ashy white glare is to rely on your foundation for protection. The right foundation will get the job done with no white case in sight. All you need is a lightweight offering like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 Hour Fresh Wear Foundation, Lightweight to get the protection you need. Formulated with SPF, this foundation offers a lightweight and buildable formula that lasts all day and allows your skin to breathe.
Take the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender and squeeze a small amount of foundation onto the pointed tip of the blender. Dab and roll the foundation onto your skin until even. Voila!
Editor’s note: Keep it in mind that you’ll need to take other sun protection measures as well. These include seeking out shade and wearing protective accessories like sunglasses and a broad-brimmed hat.
Gel sunscreen is the gift that keeps on giving. As you may have already guessed, this sunscreen comes in a gel formula that’s ideal for those looking to steer away from the white glare. Typically boasting a clear color, this pick effortlessly blends seamlessly onto your skin for a quick and easy application process. A far cry from any formula you’ve tried before, you won’t even remember that you’re wearing sunscreen. What’s not to love?
Love the idea of boosting your skin with moisture and protecting your skin from the sun? Sunscreen oil may be just what you need. Perfect or those who have a hard time blending traditional sunscreens onto their skin, this lightweight formula makes the process oh-so-easy. We also dig that this offering hydrates and leaves skin with a luminous glow, making for the easiest dewy skin look ever.
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