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If you’ve ever been to the dermatologist, you’ve probably heard them preach the importance of wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen daily. That’s 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. Yikes. But did you know that you’re at risk of developing UV damage even when it’s not the height of summer? According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, you can get burned even on cloudy days. Whoa. Which is why we’re sharing our best moisturizers formulated with broad-spectrum sunscreen to wear daily along with other sun protection measures you should be taking every day.
But first here’s 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 burn.
Using a moisturizer with SPF as directed (and taking other sun protection measures) can help protect your complexion from sun damage year-round. We get that you’re super-busy, so using one skin care product to address multiple skin issues is key to getting you out the door faster in the morning. You’re already aware that moisturizer should be a part of your daily skin care routine, as it helps keep your complexion hydrated. Keep reading for our best moisturizers with SPF and additional sun protection tips.
Suddenly realizing your skin care routine is missing a moisturizer with SPF? No worries, we’ll help you pick from our favorite options below.
L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Day SPF 15 Cream: Mature skin types need to take sun protection seriously, too. 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 Triple Power™ Day Lotion Moisturizer SPF 20: Sunscreen doesn’t have to feel greasy or heavy on your skin. This luxurious, lightweight moisturizer aids in transforming the look of aging skin for a healthier, more radiant complexion along with SPF 20.
L’Oréal Paris Ideal Moisturize™ Sensitive Skin Day Lotion SPF 25: There’s no good excuse to skip putting sunscreen, and having sensitive skin certainly isn’t one. Just check out this moisturizer with SPF. This oil-free moisturizer combines long-lasting moisture with SPF 25, working all day to hydrate and soothe sensitive skin. The skin softening formula is infused with vitamin E antioxidant and lightweight hydrating ingredients for moisture that feels clean and barely there.
L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30: Brighten up the appearance of your complexion with this moisturizer, which visibly corrects the look of dull, uneven tones, lines, and wrinkles to reveal radiant youthful-looking clarity.
A sun protection routine goes beyond just wearing sunscreen, so follow these guidelines from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
1. Pick the right SPF. Stick with moisturizer formulated with broad-spectrum sunscreen that has an SPF value of 15 or higher, and apply daily as directed.
2. Reapply. 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 more frequently if you’ve been swimming or sweating. For tips on reapplying without ruining your makeup, head over to our article, How to Reapply Sunscreen.
3. Limit time under the sun. 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. until 2 p.m.
4. Dress for the occasion. 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 adorn your outfits with broad-brimmed hits and UV-blocking sunglasses.
Next up: Read our tips on How to Wear Sunscreen Under Foundation to learn how to layer your moisturizer with SPF and makeup.