Tue. Nov 22nd, 2022
Is It Good To Have SPF In A Moisturizer

Sunscreen, in general, is intended to sit on the skin and protect your face from the sun’s harmful rays. Most sunscreens are not intended to be absorbed by the skin in order to block out the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Moisturizers, on the other hand, are intended to penetrate the skin and replenish it with moisture that was previously lacking.

How is it possible for one product to do both of these things (protect your skin from the sun while also providing adequate moisture)? successfully? And in light of this, how is it that the market is flooded with thousands of moisturizers that also contain SPF? 

That is something we look at it at length in this guide. 

Benefits of Having SPF in a Moisturizer

There are numerous benefits to incorporating SPF into your daily facial moisturizing routine. You can simply apply it together with your regular face moisturizing lotion in the morning before your skin is exposed to the sun, and go about your day.

  • The ability to produce collagen can be preserved by using a sun-protective face moisturizer with an SPF. Sun exposure reduces the ability of the skin to retain moisture. The skin produces collagen. Keeping the skin’s ability to produce collagen healthy keeps it hydrated and less prone to fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Using an SPF-enriched face moisturizer can help reduce the risk of skin cancer.
  • Using a sunscreen-enriched face moisturizer can reduce the need for laser or cosmetic procedures to repair existing skin damage.
  • Skin discoloration is a normal part of the aging process that affects many people. Sun protection with SPF-containing face moisturizing creams can help to reduce the appearance of these darkened areas of skin.

Sunscreen Vs. SPF Moisturizer 

UV photography was used by researchers at the University of Liverpool to assess the quality of sunscreen application. The darker image blocked UV rays, resulting in better sun protection.

The participants were photographed twice, once before and once after applying SPF30 moisturizer and sunscreen. 

In theory, both of these products should provide the same level of security. 

Although the photos were darker with sunscreen than with SPF moisturizer, this suggests that most people don’t use enough moisturizer to get the full benefit of sunscreen’s SPF protection.

In addition, the SPF moisturizer was applied unevenly, particularly around the eyelids and lips. 

As such16 percent of the participants’ faces were left unprotected, whereas sunscreen protected only 11 percent of the face and 14 percent of the eyelids. 

Given how susceptible the skin on the eyelids is to skin cancer, this finding should raise some eyebrows.

Using SPF moisturizers instead of sunscreens, the researchers discovered that skin cancer-prone areas of the face are also more likely to go unprotected during application.

Are Moisturizers with SPF as Effective as Using Sunscreen?

Doctors recommend wearing a moisturizer and a separate sunscreen for reasons other than the products’ ability to penetrate your skin. Instead, the emphasis should be on the sunscreen’s ability to maintain its claimed SPF value when combined with other ingredients. 

That, plus the fact that you’re supposed to apply sunscreen throughout the day (which, depending on your skin type or the price of the product, you might not want to do with your moisturizer).

Even if it’s not exactly derm-recommended, using an SPF moisturizer is preferable to using no SPF at all. 

The Takeaway

According to new research from the United Kingdom, facial moisturizers with SPF do not provide the same level of protection from the sun’s harmful rays as sunscreen.

It’s because most people don’t rub SPF moisturizer on their faces as deeply as they do basic sunscreen, which is a common mistake.

The study discovered that when people use SPF moisturizer, the area around the eyelids is especially vulnerable to the sun’s rays.

Dermatologists, on the other hand, believe that if used correctly, these SPF-containing face moisturizers can be effective even if you’re only walking to work or staying indoors for the majority of the day.

Instead, they advise using sunscreen and wearing a hat and sunglasses when spending extended periods of time in the sun.

By Pravin