Moisturiser is something you should be using all year round - whether you’re protecting your skin from the winter winds or the summer sun. Sun damage can add years on to your skin and can also cause skin cancer, so it’s best to protect yourself and not take any chances. Moisturisers with added SPF (sun protection factor) have become popular over the years. The idea of keeping our skin hydrated and protected at the same time makes life much easier.
Recent research from the University of Liverpool has found that SPF moisturisers don’t provide as much sun protection as same strength sun creams. The research found that people were more likely to miss parts of their face when applying an SPF moisturiser (16%), compared to sun cream (11%). It also found that SPF moisturiser wasn’t applied as thick on the skin compared to sun cream, resulting in weaker sun protection. It concludes by saying that it wouldn’t recommend SPF moisturiser for adequate sun protection.
So, you may want to stick to your usual moisturiser and good ol’ sun cream...or spray for sun protection.
I’d recommend these sun body sprays.
The best thing about this Avène spray is that it’s made for fair and hypersensitive skin, so it won’t be hard on your skin. The spring water in it helps to soothe the skin, while the vitamin E protects the skin cells. Its high factor can also reduce your worries of getting burnt but you need to reapply it every few hours and after a swim.
Like Avène, this is suitable for sensitive skin and is dermatologically tested. It won’t block pores either or leave your skin greasy. La Roche-Posay recommend that you re-apply after swimming.
It’s always a good idea to re-apply sun cream every couple of hours. You may think twice about that SPF moisturiser you had your eyes on and continue using your usual one, as well as sun cream of course.