There are a few misconceptions (or myths) regarding the use of tinted sunscreens. Originating in Korea a decade ago as BB cremes (then CC and DD), this “all in one” solution became a popular product and generated millions of dollars for OTC cosmetic companies, among others. People will buy anything if it sounds good.
As professionals, every aspect of what we give clients to use at home after an effective skin revision treatment is important, in regards to efficacy and safety. Here are the most common misconceptions when it comes to tinted sun care.
1. You don’t need to reapply once applied to skin.
Actually, this depends upon many things, such as the client’s secretion flow, sebaceous and sudoriferous. If this is naturally copious, the active ingredients will be diluted and more susceptible to solar damage.
2. You can skip skin sunscreen.
This depends upon the SPF of the tinted product. If it is a 15, you may want to put an additional 15 SPF sunscreen under it for maximum protection going in and out of buildings and other summer daytime activities. However, this protection will not circumvent the solar damage acquired after laying exposed on the beach for hours.
3. It’s the same as makeup with an SPF.
Technically, this is true. Having formulated both a luxury BB type crème and a silicon foundation, I can testify that these are two totally different formulations. One is meant for refinement and coverage, and the other is meant as a skin defense product. Both, however, will work.