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The mineral makeup companies claim that their products are around SPF 15 to 25. I’ve done a lot of research on this for my website, and it does appear to be true. Using mineral makeup this summer would be a fabulous way to get great daily sun protection.  

And it’s not limited to one brand. From what I’ve learned, all the brands provide protection. I wouldn’t use it as my sole sunblock if I were going to the beach - but for daily use, or going for a walk during the day - it’s near perfect.

I would recommend, expecially on the brands that have “sheer” coverage instead of “full” coverage, that you apply 2 or 3 coats. That shouldn’t be an issue, since most mineral makeup users apply a number of coats anyway, just to get the look we want.

Another personal recommendation, and this may be just me, but: I like to “set” the mineral foundation with a generous amount of translucent powder (I use Afterglow Organic Setting Powder, and sometimes BareMinerals’ Mineral Veil.). I gently push the powder into the foundation with a puff, rather than brush it on - it keeps the makeup on all day with minimal touch-ups.

Needless to say, please wear long sleeves in the summer. That’s the best sun protection. But you can protect your hands without adding color, by using Colorescience’s Sunforgettable line. This is basically mineral makeup without any color - what a great idea.

As with any mineral makeup kits and products, I do want to remind you that many of them contain animal hair brushes. Please - for the sake of the innocent creatures of the world - don’t buy any “kits,” for that reason. Best to buy the products alone, and then get your non-animal hair brushes separately. Afterglow has totally non-animal hair brushes, but most of the others, though they don’t test the makeup on animals, still carry brushes that are the cause of a lot of animal suffering in the world.

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