Simple Daily Sun Protection
Experts recommend using sunscreen
daily, but many people don't want to have to use a heavy sunscreen on their complexions when they won't be spending a lot of time outdoors. Moisturizers with SPF offer an alternative to conventional sunscreens and help to keep skin care regimens simple while ensuring that the complexion gets the sun protection that it needs to remain in good health.
A moisturizer with SPF can be used under makeup or as the final step in a morning skin care regimen to hydrate the skin. While the formulas replenish lost moisture, they also create a protective barrier that either absorbs or reflects UV to shield the skin cells from the harmful radiation. The sun protective ingredients found in the moisturizers are FDA-approved sunscreen active ingredients. You can read the product descriptions to find out which specific sunscreens each moisturizer contains.
Selecting the Right SPF
Moisturizers with sunscreen are available with different levels of protection, and the SPF rating allows you to easily compare how much ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation each product reflects or absorbs. Products with higher SPF ratings keep more of the UVB rays in the sun from reaching the skin than products with lower ratings. SPF 15
products keep skin safe from approximately 93 percent of UVB, while SPF 30 and 50 products reduce UVB exposure by about 97 percent and 98 percent, respectively.
Most people require at least an SPF of 15 to ensure adequate sun protection, but your doctor can help you decide which SPF level is best for you. For protection from ultraviolet A (UVA) as well as UVB, choose a moisturizer with SPF that is labeled as a "broad-spectrum" formula.
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