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6 Easy Ways to Force SPF into Your Daily Routine—Because Your Future Face Depends on It

The more sun protection, the better.

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Whether it's the annoying extra step, or the plain and simple fact that sunscreen can be at odds with your makeup, chances are you're not wearing as much SPF as you should. But ask any dermatologist, and they'll assure you're doing your future face a major disservice by way of hyperpigmentation and wrinkles. To prevent premature aging, sneak sun protection into your regimen with these double-duty makeup and skincare picks.

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1 Foundation with SPF

Contrary to popular belief, you can get a gorgeous, second-skin finish with an SPF foundation. You just have to find the right one. We love this liquid foundation in particular because it glides on like silk with light, super-buildable coverage that has a natural finish. Extra points for the practicality of a portable cushion contact.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Cushion BB All Day Wear Liquid Compact SPF 50, $39.50; nordstrom.com.

2 Moisturizer with SPF

Separate layers of moisturizer and sunscreen are ideal, however a non-greasy moisturizer with SPF 30 or higher is the next best thing. This formula in particular is super moisturizing while reinvigorating with a slew of essential oils like antioxidant-packed grape seed and avocado.

Murad Resurgence Age–Balancing Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30, $72; sephora.com.

3 Mineral Foundation

Loose mineral powder foundation will give you "airbrushed" coverage with help from zinc oxide and titanium oxide, which act as natural physical sun blocks. The catch is that because it's a powder, it can be tricky to tell how much you need to apply for full protection. This is why we love it for SPF touch-ups throughout the day.

BareMinerals Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15, $28.50; sephora.com

4 Eye Cream with SPF

The skin around the eye area is extremely delicate and thus is the most vulnerable to sun damage. Because you can't have too much protection, look to a hydrating and de-puffing formula that has SPF 30 or higher. Just be sure to apply it along the orbital bone and not too close to the lower lashes.

Shiseido Sun Protection Eye Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 34 Sunscreen, $32.50; sephora.com.

5 SPF Makeup Setting Mist

In a perfect world, your SPF *never* compromises your makeup. And this can be your reality if—in addition to another layer of protection—you seal your face beat with SPF setting mist. This one in particular is 70% organic with a never-pasty lightweight matte-finish. 

Coola Makeup Setting Spray SPF30, $36; sephora.com.

6 SPF Drops

The beauty of this ultra-light, super-concentrated serum is that it can be worn alone or mixed in with a face cream. And while it shields the skin, it also helps the cells regenerate with a super-active complex of ingredients, including water-retaining cassia extract, free-radical-blocking Vitamin E, and healing beta-glucan.

Dr. Barbara Sturm Sun Drops, $145; molecular-cosmetics.com.

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