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If you’ve ever been to the dermatologist, you’ve probably heard them preach about the importance of wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen daily, and maybe they’ve even suggested using a moisturizer with SPF. Sunscreen is so essential because spending time in the great outdoors can lead to sun damage caused by UV rays. And that sun damage can lead to premature signs of aging, like wrinkles and dark spots, down the line. Yikes. But did you know that you’re at risk of developing UV damage even when you’re inside, and it’s not super sunny? According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, you can get burned even on cloudy days, and UVA rays can pass through windows. Whoa. That's why we’re filling you in on the reasons a moisturizer with sunscreen in its formula is a wise addition to your routine. (And we’re naming our best face moisturizers with SPF while we’re at it!)
Let’s start with a little science lesson for you. According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, there are two different kinds of rays emitted from the sun: UVA and UVB. UVA rays are the ones that can lead to visible signs of aging years later. Meanwhile, UVB rays are the ones that cause sunburns. Using a moisturizer with broad-spectrum sunscreen as directed (and taking other sun protection measures) can help protect your complexion from sun damage caused by UVA and UVB rays year-round.
Why reach for a moisturizer with SPF specifically? Of course, you can use a regular sunscreen meant for the face. But, we get that you’re super-busy, so using one skin care product to address multiple skin issues, rather than adding a separate sunscreen into your routine, is key to getting you out the door faster in the morning. You’re already aware that moisturizer should be part of your daily skin care routine, as it helps keep your complexion hydrated. So, double up on the benefits by using a moisturizer with SPF. Keep reading for our best face moisturizers with SPF and a few additional tips to keep you sun safe.
Suddenly realizing your skin care routine is missing a moisturizer with SPF? No worries, we’ll help you out by sharing a few of our favorites.
L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Rosy Tone SPF 30 Sunscreen Face Moisturizer: As skin matures, its ability to renew surface cells slows down, causing a buildup of dead skin cells on the surface. As a result, the complexion becomes dull, losing its natural rosy tone of youth. This ultra-hydrating cream is infused with imperial peony extract and LHA to instantly revive skin's rosy tone while protecting skin from the sun’s harmful rays with broad-spectrum SPF 30.
L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Day Lotion SPF 30: This anti-aging face moisturizer is formulated with SPF 30, Pro-Retinol, vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid to reduce wrinkles and firm and brighten skin in one week.
L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30: Brighten up the appearance of your complexion with this moisturizer with SPF, which visibly corrects the look of dull, uneven tones, lines, and wrinkles to reveal radiant, youthful-looking clarity.
L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Day SPF 15 Cream: This anti-aging cream is formulated with broad-spectrum SPF 15 and has a rich, silky texture that delivers replenishment. Immediately, skin feels smoother while skin looks refreshed with continued use over time.
L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Anti Wrinkle Firming Day Cream SPF 25: This firming moisturizer is formulated to deliver firmer, smoother skin in just four weeks, along with providing UVA/UVB SPF 25 sun protection.
L’Oréal Paris Men Expert Vita Lift SPF 15 Anti-Wrinkle & Firming Moisturizer: This moisturizer is formulated for wrinkles, sagging skin, and loss of firmness. It contains SPF 15 to protect your skin against damaging UVA and UVB rays.
A good sun protection routine should go beyond wearing sunscreen or using a moisturizer with SPF. In addition to smoothing on a source of SPF, follow these guidelines from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
Stick with moisturizer formulated with broad-spectrum sunscreen that has an SPF value of 15 or higher, and apply daily as directed.
Sun protection is not a one and done deal. Throughout the day, you’ll need to reapply. The FDA recommends reapplying at least every two hours or after you’ve been swimming or sweating. For tips on re-upping your sun protection without ruining your makeup, head over to our article on How to Reapply Sunscreen.
When the sun finally comes out, and you’re enjoying a day on the beach or a leisurely soak in the pool, it’s easy to want to stay out all day long. But that’s not the best idea. Try to limit how much time you spend in the sun, especially during the sun’s peak hours, which are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
How you dress isn’t only important in terms of style and fashion, it can also determine how protected you are from the sun. For further sun safety, you should wear long-sleeve shirts and pants and top off your outfits with broad-brimmed hats and UV-blocking sunglasses.
Next up: Read our tips on How to Wear Sunscreen Under Foundation to learn how to layer makeup over your moisturizer with SPF.
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