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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 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. So, you can see why we’d want to fill you in on the reasons a moisturizer with sunscreen in its formula is a wise addition to your routine. Read on for your skin care lesson, which includes learning about our best face moisturizers with SPF.
When it comes to moisturizer and sunscreen, you can’t exactly pick one or the other to use. It’s common to hear of people skipping out on moisturizer and using sunscreen instead, assuming that’s the most important step. And while SPF is essential, it won’t do everything your skin needs. See, sunscreen is strictly formulated to protect skin from the sun’s harmful rays, not to moisturize your skin.
Moisturizer is really an absolute must, meaning you’ll want to stick with using both a moisturizer and a sunscreen, or make the decision to try a product that blends your skin’s two needs together, combining sun protection and moisture.
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 face moisturizer with SPF specifically? While you can use a traditional sunscreen meant for the face, when one skin care product can address multiple skin issues, pare down your routine, and get you out the door faster, it seems like a simple decision. You’re already aware that moisturizer should be part of your daily skin care routine, as it helps keep your complexion hydrated. So, if you were asking yourself whether you should reach for a moisturizer with SPF, we’re certainly in support of the idea.
Still not sure if a moisturizer can protect your skin in the way it needs to? The Skin Cancer Foundation confirms that you can use face moisturizer with SPF in place of regular facial sunscreen. They note that you’ll want to make sure the moisturizer has an SPF value of 15 or higher and to find one that denotes that the sunscreen is broad-spectrum.
It’s also important that regardless of which moisturizer with SPF you choose, you apply it as directed and take other sun protection measures (more on those later) to reap the benefits.
Suddenly realizing your skin care routine is missing a face moisturizer with SPF? No worries, we’ll help you out by sharing a few of our favorites.
L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Rosy Tone Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen: 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 a 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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