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Summer is here, and it’s not leaving anytime soon. Protecting yourself from the sun should always be a concern, even on overcast days in the dead of winter, but it’s never more important than this very time of year. The important of using a solid, broad-spectrum, SPF 30 or higher sunscreen and re-applying every couple hours that you’re outside really cannot be overstated. It’s one of those things that, if you value your skin, you just do it.
But facial sunscreens can be inconvenient. You need to keep your face protected, but that extra, often greasy, layer of product in addition to your moisturizer, any other products you use, and makeup, can be irritating and get in the way of your creams, serums and the like absorbing properly into your skin. Surely there’s got to be a better way to do this?
Enter Moisturizer with SPF
Getting your hands on a solid moisturizer that includes SPF is often the best way to go when it comes to looking fly and blocking those pesky ultraviolet rays at the same time. In fact, let’s talk about a few of the reasons you quite honestly need SPF in your moisturizer.
It Makes it Harder to Forget Sunscreen
Remember how we mentioned that you should be thinking about sun protection every day of the year? We know that can get hard to remember, but it is undoubtedly important. Sun exposure without sunscreen can cause cell damage even on dark, overcast days, and it builds up over time and can increase you odds of skin cancer later in life. The solution? If your moisturizer contains SPF, you will at least have your face covered every day just from moisturizing, even if you never think about sunscreen. Ideally, you should protect any other exposed skin too, but even if you forget, something is better than nothing.
It Makes Some Great Hacks Possible
Ever been in a hurry to get out the door, but don’t feel comfortable leaving without at least the bare minimum skincare and makeup? Speed things up by mixing some moisturizer with SPF and a little foundation, and apply them together. This turns two steps into one (or three steps into one if you consider that without SPF in your moisturizer, you’d be needing a separate facial sunscreen in addition to everything else). Alternately, you can put on some moisturizer and then put on even more moisturizer later on by doing this trick when you’re starting the makeup phase to get an extra hydrating boost.
But Make Sure it’s the Right Kind of SPF
All that said, not all SPF is created equal. Of course, you want SPF 30 or higher in your moisturizer (anything less simply is not good enough. Period.) But you also need to be sure it’s broad-spectrum SPF. If it doesn’t specifically say “broad-spectrum” on the label, or specify that it protects from both UVA and UVB radiation, it will only block certain kinds of UV rays, and you’ll still risk damage. So check the label, make sure, put it on, and forget about it. Then just enjoy your day and worry that much less about sun damage!