After we bought wind that Joan Smalls has been utilizing sunscreen as a highlighter, it set off a debate: Was this an excellent or odd thought? If we’re speaking about dabbing on a little bit additional sunscreen in your cheekbones to attain some added sheen, find it irresistible. One much less merchandise you must throw in your make-up bag for the day.

But when the excessive factors of your face — spots you historically apply highlighter, just like the bridge of your nostril, cheekbones, Cupid’s bow, and chin — are the solely place you are dabbing SPF, that is a distinct story. As Smalls described it, the concept right here is that you’re going to be left with a well-contoured tan — after spending a day within the solar, your double-protected spotlight spots can be lighter than the remainder of your face which, will get a couple of shades darker within the solar.

That is the concept behind a brand new “SPF Highlighter” from Petiue. The $36 sunscreen stick is designed to provide you “a pure phantasm of contour by overprotecting the areas you need to seem lightest,” thereby eliminating the necessity to apply an precise highlighter, in accordance with the model.

The concept is cool — with one main caveat. You continue to should put on a base layer of sunscreen with a purpose to shield your whole face from the dangerous results of UVA and UVB rays. (Which, as we may discuss all day at Attract, embody age spots, wrinkles, and, fairly clearly, pores and skin most cancers, which is on the rise.)

To that finish, Petiue recommends all the time utilizing a base layer of SPF 15 to SPF 30 “it doesn’t matter what” earlier than appling the SPF Highlighter, which accommodates SPF 45. Solely utilizing the highlighter to get a good deeper contour tan can be a no-go, in accordance dermatologists. “The difficulty is that it does not present safety on your complete face — simply on the areas that you simply’d need to contour,” Lily Talakoub, a board-certified dermatologist in Virginia, tells Attract. To guard your self from solar harm, the full-face sunscreen beneath the SPF Highlighter is a should, she says.

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The SPF-meets-makeup product may assist you keep in mind to reapply your sunscreen, Talakoub says. “Most individuals do not reapply sunscreen as a result of it goes on underneath their make-up, they usually do not need to mess it up,” she says. “So, that is an fascinating product. If it is utilized together with a daily sunscreen, it may assist shield.”

Petiue’s SPF Highlighter accommodates each bodily and chemical sunscreens: zinc oxide, which protects in opposition to UVA rays, and octinoxate, octocrylene, and octisalate, all of which shield in opposition to UVB rays, explains beauty chemist Ginger King. However once more, the specialists stress it should not be used alone. “If anybody goes to make use of this as a highlighter, they have to apply with a separate sunscreen all around the face,” King tells Attract.

Since dermatologists suggest a minimal of SPF 30 (Talakoub truly recommends sporting not less than SPF 50) throughout your face, attempting to “spotlight” with an SPF 45 just about defeats the aim of attempting to darken some elements of your face greater than others for an enduring “contour.” For that, we’ll keep on with making use of a daily highlighter to our protected, SPF-slathered pores and skin.

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