Most of us have added a daily moisturizer with SPF to our skincare regimen in an effort to protect our skin from sun damage. But how much protection do these moisturizers actually provide? Let’s take a closer look.
Daily moisturizers with SPF do provide some protection against sun damage, but this is only true of quick trips, such as running to your car outside, going to the mailbox, or walking between stores at an outdoor shopping area. But if you’re going to be outside for a longer period of time than about 15 minutes, you need more protection — think broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection against sun damage.
The reason your daily moisturizer with SPF is not enough is because you don’t reapply it every few hours. What you put on in the morning before putting on your makeup just isn’t enough. UV rays breakdown the active ingredients in sun protection after a few hours and that’s why reapplying is so important. Additionally, the SPF in your daily moisturizer is usually around 15 rather than 30-50 SPF, which is adequate for proper sun protection.
If you’re going for a walk outside and you’re going to be gone for more than a few minutes, put on a layer of your regular sun protection and a hat to protect against sun damage.
Sara Novak is a Natural Health Care Expert for Zax Health. Follow her on Twitter at @sarafnovak.