Paris Hilton, now in her late 30s, once revealed on Grazia: “I never wear any makeup on planes, just moisturizer. Then I bring these face masks on the plane…I wear those for the whole plane journey and just let it soak in while I sleep.” The heiress also confessed she was never into sunbathing too which make two top skincare practices that help her keep her youthful skin. If you’re a big fan of sunscreens and moisturizers yourself, good for you. Why should you consider using a face moisturizer with SPF 30?
The Trouble With Moisturizer with SPF
There has been mixed opinions about moisturizer with SPF being the best sunscreen for face. One side of the debate claim that moisturizers which provide sunscreen protection ensure better user compliance to daily sunscreen application requirements. Others who dissent from this opinion claim instead that SPF-infused products do not contain the same level of sun protection provided by stand-alone sunscreen products.
Other than investigating and comparing product formulations, there are also those who try to find out consumer behavior, including how they use moisturizing sunscreens. One such study was published by the British Association of Dermatologists in 2018. The researchers observed that product users applied less sunscreen than what was required to obtain a full broad spectrum, SPF 30 protection. The researchers observed how product users missed applying face moisturizer with SPF 30 on up to 16 per cent of their faces compared to only 11 per cent when they used stand-alone sunscreens.
The Real Deal
These studies do not mean that you should already turn your back on face moisturizers that provide built-in sun protection. Listed below are some tips you can follow whether you’re ready to try face moisturizer with SPF 30 or, you’re ready to use these products the way they’ve always been intended to be used:
Tip No. 1: Choose Your Product Wisely
The best face moisturizer with SPF will genuinely protect your skin from two major causes of skin aging: sun damage and dehydrated skin. Here are the basic ingredients that your moisturizer with sunscreen should carry to ably provide for these functions:
• Non-harmful sunscreen agents: The best choices, most especially when it comes to sensitive and acne-prone skin types are physical sunscreen agents, Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide. Unlike chemical sunscreens, oxybenzone and octinoxate being the most toxic and irritating, Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide protect your skin from UV by forming a physical barrier that stops the sun from reaching your skin and that works by bouncing back light, not chemically transforming it to heat.
Be wary of the fact that your sunscreen could be toxic if you’re not being careful with how you make your choices. All chemical sunscreens carry a certain level of toxicity and irritability to the skin. Besides, you will completely miss the points of skincare when you’re exposed to toxins anyway.
• UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum Sunscreen with SPF 30. You must not settle for anything less than this standard. Broad spectrum means that your sunscreen is formulated to block off both deep penetrating UVA rays and skin surface burning UVB simultaneously. SPF 30 extends the natural period of time it takes your skin to burn from the sun by up to 30 times more.
Tip No. 2: Get More From Your Product
Here are other things you will want to have:
• Antioxidants: These provide your skin with added protection from UV and other environmental elements that can harm and damage your skin, as well as internal oxidation which are produced when your body is stressed. Antioxidants work by neutralizing free radicals that constantly try to snatch an electron from your healthy cells, causing a series of chemical reactions that can do one or more combination of these negative impacts: permanently damage your skin, kill your cells and, turn your cells into free radicals.
• Balance of hydrating, moisturizing and skin conditioning ingredients. You must know by now that silicones can be bad for your skin, most especially if you have an acne challenged skin type. You need a good and healthy combination of humectants, most especially hyaluronic acid which, if you can get it in different molecular weights, will add even more positive impact to your skin health and quality of appearance. Skin moisturizing ingredients like glycerin, squalane, and deep penetrating essential oils help replenish your skin’s lost nutrients. Pro Vitamin B5, better known for its humectant properties but also serves a skin conditioning function will be more beneficial for your skin, rather than resorting to silicones and petrolatum which can clog up your pores.
• Peptides: These short strands of amino acids are particularly essential for mature and aging skin. The reason is simple: older skin types cannot rely on basic moisturizer benefits to do deliver faster repair and regeneration mechanisms that help damaged and aging skin recover better and become rejuvenated sooner.
Tip No. 3: Always apply your face moisturizer with SPF 30 on freshly cleansed face.
It’s just not acceptable for you to use this product otherwise. Skin that’s free of clogged impurities and dead skin cells is capable of better absorbing the moisturizing components of your skin. It also helps the sunscreen component to sit well on your skin by taking off excess sebum.
Tip No. 4: Apply a Generous Amount. Don’t Cover Thinly!
Spread the product and make sure that you’re packing it in tightly. Wait for the product to sink and blend well with your skin before layering on with other products in your routine.
Tip No. 5: Make it a Habit.
Just like a stand-alone sunscreen, you should reapply this product throughout the day, approximately every two hours. Always make this product the superstar of your daycare regimen.
When you decide to wear a face moisturizer with SPF 30, you have to meet certain standards of application. In the same regard, the product that you are using must meet two forms of benefits — one, provide a moisturizing effect and, second, provide sunscreen protection.
Author Bio: Pamella Woodword is a freelance writer with a diverse field of interest that counts among which, health and wellness, education, parenting, and entrepreneurship. From pursuing a career in corporate communications and social development work, Pamella is now supporting people in building more confidence in themselves through positive writing. Simultaneously, Pamella does consultancy work and manages her own events company.