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An acquaintance once told me that she doesn't use makeup much because her skin basically looks fine without it. But she does wear it sometimes, and the only reason is to protect herself from skin cancer (it killed her father). Unfortunately, they don't seem to make ordinary makeup that is much good
at blocking ultraviolet light.
And of course you know that ordinary sun-block creams look just awful, and are socially acceptable only because people know what the ugly stuff is for.
So, obviously, there should be a wide market for makeup that also works as a good sun-block. That would include transparent makeup for those who are satisfied with their skin condition.
I put this in the Lipstick category because that is probably the most-commonly-used makeup of all. But don't neglect the other types of makeup, please!
Chapstick Ultra Skin Protectant/Sunscreen Lip Balm, SPF 30
[tatterdemalion, Apr 01 2013]
||[marked-for-deletion] Widely known to exist. Google
SPF makeup to find not only plenty of different
kinds, but reviews and articles about their efficacy.
Also, most sunblock is transparent once it's applied,
so I have no idea what you're talking about.
||Anyway, transparent lipstick that provides sun
protection is already widely marketedyou know it as
||Lipgloss? Or just move to the UK, or another benighted area.
||Likewise, [marked-for-deletion]: widely known to
exist. Moisturizers, foundations, lipsticks and so
forth with sunscreen are very widely available and
well known. If you Google 'lipstick with sunscreen'
you get umpteen hits.
||All I can say in response to your MFDs is that the lady
in question indicated that those things feel different
from (worse than) ordinary makeup, on the skin.
Personally, I wouldn't know.
||But I do know that manufacturers of almost anything
want you to buy what they sell, not necessarily what
the prospective customer actually wants to buy.
||I have to third the MFD. I'm not sure what makes this different from sun block either (less coconut scent?) I am also skeptical that regular makeup provides any UV protection.