How To Protect And Hydrate Your Skin

Most sunscreens are too oily to wear on a daily basis under makeup. Therefore, many women turn to moisturizers with SPF instead. If you choose the right product, you can get all the hydration and sun protection you need.

Woman applying tinted moisturizer

So many skin care products are on the market today that it's often difficult to find the right ones for your skin's needs. No matter your skin-type, you must keep your skin protected from the sun's harmful rays, as well as environmental pollutants, which can damage the skin at the cellular level. When shopping for skin care products, look for moisturizers with SPF that also contain antioxidants and other skin-protecting ingredients.

Antioxidants

Shop for moisturizers containing antioxidants such as vitamin E and alpha lipoic acid. Antioxidants help protect skin from free radical damages due to sun exposure and environmental stresses. Many moisturizers also contain natural ingredients that can provide antioxidant benefits.

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Zinc oxide

Moisturizers with SPF often contain photostable, sun protection ingredients such as a zinc oxide, titanium dioxide or other sun blockers. These ingredients can provide broad-spectrum protection from the sun's damaging rays, reducing the development of fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of premature aging associated with sun exposure.

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Casual sun exposure

For casual, everyday sun exposure, a moisturizer with SPF 15 is definitely suitable. Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 15 and their Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer SPF 15 are good choices. They hydrate your skin all day long while also providing UVA/UVB protection with an oil-free, hypoallergenic formula. Aveeno and other skin care lines also offer products with SPF 30, which can be suitable for people with lighter complexions or those looking to stay out in the sun a bit longer.

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Extended exposure and water-resistance

For extended sun exposure, we would recommend a traditional sunscreen, rather than a moisturizer with SPF, for maximum protection. Also, keep in mind that moisturizing products with SPF are generally not water- and sweat-resistant. Therefore, if you do choose to spend a lot of time outdoors or in the water, you'll need to reapply them frequently.

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Sun exposure, environmental toxins, lack of sleep and a busy lifestyle can rob your skin of moisture and nourishment while causing a depletion in collagen and elastin. Protect your skin from stressors by using a daily moisturizer with SPF to reduce damage and leave your skin looking and feeling beautiful.

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