Even though we know that wearing sunscreen every day (yes, even when it鈥檚 cloudy, or when we鈥檙e inside) is crucial for our skin鈥檚 health, we鈥檙e into anything that makes it more fun to wear. Enter glitter sunscreen, the Kirakira worthy product taking over your Insta feeds this spring. It looks amazing and is obviously more fun than the chalky white lotions we鈥檙e used to, but is it actually safe?

We talked to two dermatologists to get the sparkly scoop on these trendy new products, and although both agreed that glitter sunscreen is safe, there is some confusion about the effect of glitter on the skin.

Dr. Lisa Garner, a Texas-based dermatologist, told us, 鈥淭he glitter should not affect the efficacy of the sunscreen itself. The efficacy is determined by its SPF (sun protection factor, which tells how well a sunscreen will protect against the sun鈥檚 UVB rays), UVA coverage (broad spectrum) and water resistance.鈥

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Dr. Joshua Zeichner, a New York-based dermatologist agrees, adding, 鈥淎ny product labeled with an SPF value has to have gone through testing that is compliant with FDA standards for sunscreen. Sunscreens are considered over the counter drugs and as such are regulated here in the United States.鈥

But glitter, by its very nature, consists of light-reflecting particles, so wouldn鈥檛 your skin absorb more of the sun鈥檚 harmful rays if it鈥檚 covered in glitter? The experts differed, with Garner saying, 鈥淕litter reflects light but does not actually attract it.鈥

According to Zeichner, 鈥淚t is unclear what the effect of glitter actually has on the sunscreen. It likely reflects light, but we don鈥檛 know whether the glitter reflects light away from the skin or perhaps traps it in the skin.鈥

鈥淭o be safe,鈥 he adds, 鈥淚 recommend applying a broad spectrum, high SPF sunscreen as your base layer then apply this product on top of it just as you would use makeup with sunscreen.鈥 Noted. Instead of using trendy takes on SPF as your sole sun protection, glitter sunscreen should be added on top of your base layer of standard sunscreen.

Garner agrees, adding, 鈥淪unscreen needs to be reapplied [at least] every 1.5 hours in the sun or water so there might be an issue with 鈥榯oo much鈥 glitter with multiple reapplications that could potentially deter proper use.鈥 For example, skin irritation or water or sweat getting the product into your eyes.

It seems with proper, consistent use, you can shine bright like a diamond all summer long鈥 as long as you reapply and cover all areas of exposed skin. And, as with any product, if you experience stinging, itching, burning, or any irritation, you should discontinue use immediately. Otherwise, get your glow on.

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