Thursday, 19 May 2022

Is moisturiser with SPF as good as Sun Cream?

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It's a good question. Knowing where to look for solid product information is one thing but whether it is enough is another. We chat with a skin care expert holding the knowledge and the know-how to guide us through such a dilemma.

Founder of SOS Serum Skincare range and Chartered Scientist uncovers the level of protection and maintenance to protect our skin all year round.


Even though we should be wearing SPF every day, we often only opt to use it during the summer months. With many opting for a moisturiser with SPF, rather than SPF as another step after moisturiser, Chartered Scientist, and founder of SOS Serum Skincare range, Bruce Green explains why this might not be as effective as we thought...

Bruce says "Due to the structure of our skin, we should be integrating both 'hydrating' and 'moisturising' products into our daily skincare since good moisturisation will benefit all skin types. Whilst double-duty products may make steps shorter and seem more efficient, you cannot always rely on your daily moisturisers or make-up products to give you adequate protection as often the SPF is too low (SPF 15) and to maintain an optimum level of sun protection requires regular application and re-application.

If you’re using a serum or cream that is less than SPF 30, you should opt for a higher SPF in order to have effective skin protection. There’s also the matter of whether you’re relying on a makeup product with SPF such as foundation to protect against SPF, as this won’t give adequate sun protection. Wear a separate SPF product and apply this last in your skincare steps.

SPF is important to wear every day, and the type of sun cream you apply can affect its effectiveness. For example a stick form applicator can be less accurate and more damaging to skin by applying inaccurately and too little. Applying too thinly can reduce the level of protection.

Check the label to see if the sun cream you have protects against both UVA and UVB. SPF only accounts for the UVB rays, so it's imperative to choose a sunscreen that says “broad spectrum” on the label, as this indicates the product helps protect the skin from UVA rays as well. SOS SPF 50 Sun Cream is a broad spectrum formula that delivers UVA and UVB protection to help prevent premature skin ageing (from £5 sosserum.co.uk)."

How To Apply Spf

"Remember, no matter how good or effective your sun protection purchase is, it will only be as good as its application and re-application. I recommend every 2 hours – lots of swimming and sweating then more frequently. But apply liberally and uniformly for the best protection possible.

As a guide (NHS), adults should aim to apply around 2 teaspoons of sunscreen if you’re covering your head, arms and neck, and two table spoons if you are covering your entire body whilst wearing a swimsuit.

Lips are sensitive and not protecting them from the sun can lead to skin cancers such as Squamous and basal cell carcinoma, both common forms of skin cancer on the lips. Without wearing SPF on your lips, the lack of sweat glands actually on your lips means that they become dryer than the other areas on our face.

The skin on our eyelids is much finer and delicate than other areas of the face, and is actually the thinnest layer of skin compared to anywhere else on our body, making it important to look after. Wearing sunglasses isn’t enough to protect from sun exposure and you should avoid chemical-based SPF’s which can sting. Instead, apply a mineral-based SPF with simple, natural ingredients.

Ears are also an area of thin skin and can be the prevalent place for sun burn, as well as an area where skin cancer can develop. Many people may think that wearing a hat will do the protecting, but along with your face and neck, you should be applying SPF on your ears, focusing behind and on the top of your ears." - Founder

Now you’ve heard it from the expert, you might want to peruse some nifty skincare products matching this level of protection. Look no further than SOS Serum here or view our article on this range here ready for the festival season ahead!