If You Use SPF Moisturizer, You’re Probably Making This Mistake

If you’re one of the millions of people using a daily moisturizer with sun protection factor (SPF) to shield your face from sun damage, chances are you’re not getting as much protection as you think.

In one visit, they applied sunscreen to their faces. At the second, they applied an SPF moisturizer. After being exposed to the radiation, their pictures were taken by UV-sensitive cameras.

The results? Application to the face with moisturizer was significantly worse than with sunscreen. The research team found that 16.6 percent failed to properly cover these areas of their face with the SPF moisturizer compared to 11.1 percent with sunscreen.

 Eyelids often left unprotected 

The eyelid area was the key. Nearly 21 percent missed this area with moisturizer compared to 14 percent with sunscreen. Facial moisturizers with SPF do tend to be “thinner and more watery. They spread easily, which can lead to a thinner layer being applied on your face.

The skin around our eyes are delicate. Many people use special eye moisturizers which are different than their facial moisturizer. Also, many sunscreens can burn or irritate the eye. Again, this may be a reason for people to avoid putting sunscreen on eye area. Make sure to check the ingredients that have low chemical but high spf. Sunscreen or spf shouldn’t have fragrance if your skin is sensitive.


Look for products labeled broad-spectrum, which means it protects against UVA and UVB rays (two types of ultraviolet light that can harm the skin), with an SPF of at least 15. If you are going to be outside, I would recommend at least an SPF of 30.

New research out of the United Kingdom revealed that people who opt for facial moisturizers containing SPF aren’t getting the same protection from the sun’s harmful rays as they would when using a traditional sunscreen. This is because people often don’t apply SPF moisturizers to their face as thoroughly as they do traditional sunscreen.

The study pointed to the area around the eyelids as particularly underprotected when people lather on SPF moisturizer.

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