Sun Protection Factor MoisturisersTested by: Linda Buttle
Regardless of varying skin types all of us can benefit from using a moisturiser with a sunscreen in it. It's a myth that it has to be a sunny day to make protecting your skin necessary. Although the majority of skin ageing is attributed to sun damage, other factors such as smoking and pollution are also to blame.
As we continue to get better at taking care of our skin whilst on holiday in the sun, it's now day-to-day care we need to focus on. It's therefore vital to establish a daily skincare routine that provides the right kind of protection, so whilst a moisturizer with a Sun Protection Factor (or SPF) has been widely accepted as a summer beauty essential, it's now also considered a sensible choice for all year round use.
The advantage of using a moisturiser with an SPF as opposed to simply using a sun cream, even a specialist sun cream for the face, is that with a moisturiser you can select one that's particularly well suited to your skin type. Also, SPF moisturisers tend to have a much lighter consistency and so are less likely to cause an adverse reaction or encourage spots. In addition they also tend to contain more anti-ageing ingredients such as antioxidants that really look after the skin and help to keep you looking younger.
Four i4beauty FavouritesElizabeth Arden Extreme Conditioning Cream SPF 15 (£25)
This moisturizer has been specially formulated to cope with extreme weather conditions, from bright sunlight to harsh winds and cold climates, giving your skin all the protection it needs.
Estee Lauder DayWear Protective Antioxidant Lotion SPF 15 (£24)
A blend of antioxidants and vitamins have been incorporated into this light lotion to protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun and pollution, hence keeping it looking youthful.
Olay Total Effects Time Resist Moisturiser (£18.50)
This talented moisturiser works to reduce fine lines and wrinkles by smoothing and hydrating the skin and evening out its texture and tone. What more could you ask of a product?
Guinot Skin Defense Cream (£34.50)
This effective moisturiser not only has an SPF15 but also contains essential oils of lemon, lavender and chamomile and vitamin E, to both nourish and protect the skin in a light, easily absorbed formula.