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Best Daytime Moisturizers with Sunscreen

Sun protection is essential for skin care day in and day out, 365 days a year. If applied correctly (meaning liberally and reapplied as often as needed), they are the best anti-wrinkle product you can use.

“Daytime Moisturizers with Sunscreen” are differentiated from ordinary sunscreens as formulas that make direct anti-aging or other cosmetic claims by the brand, such as “deep moisture” or “redness-relieving.” Claims like “combats free radical damage,” “protects and firms,” “improves skin texture” or others that insinuate benefits beyond what a standard sunscreen formula provides.

Daytime Moisturizers with SPF are judged based upon whether they provide broad-spectrum sun protection, their SPF rating, potential for irritation, packaging and aesthetics. They must also meet the same standards as an anti-aging moisturizer—the inclusion of beneficial antioxidants or other ingredients to back up the claims of improvements in signs of aging on skin beyond what sun protection alone provides.

Below are the standardized criteria for assessing the ratings of Daytime Moisturizers with SPF.

One Star (meets three or more of these characteristics)

  • Lacks broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection (regardless of label SPF rating).
  • Lacks additional beneficial antioxidants.
  • Formula contains multiple potential irritants and/or is highly fragranced.
  • Contains potential irritants that have a higher risk of damage to skin (i.e. denatured alcohol, lavender
  • and citrus oils).
  • Is aesthetically displeasing.
  • Packaged in a jar.

Two Stars (meets SPF range & lack of antioxidants + one other listed requirement)

  • Provides SPF 20 or lower broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection.
  • Lacks additional beneficial antioxidants.
  • Contains some potential irritants, but in limited amount (towards the lower middle or end of the ingredient list).
  • Packaged in a jar.

Three Stars (must meet SPF minimum & beneficial antioxidants + one other listed requirement)

  • Provides SPF 20-30 broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection.
  • Contains beneficial antioxidants or other anti-aging ingredients in an amount likely to benefit skin.
  • Contains little to no potential irritants (lower end of the ingredient list, including fragrance).
  • Has pleasant aesthetics to enhance wearability and encourage daily use.
  • Has packaging that protects its ingredients from air and light exposure.

Four Stars (must meet SPF minimum & beneficial antioxidants + two other requirements)

  • Provides SPF 30 or greater broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection.
  • Contains an impressive mix of beneficial antioxidants or other anti-aging ingredients in amounts likely to benefit skin.
  • Contains little to no potential irritants (lower end of the ingredient list), and preferably no fragrance.
  • Appealing or unique aesthetics to enhance wearability or other enhancements that differentiate it from the average sunscreen.
  • Has packaging that protects its ingredients from air and light exposure.

Many, if not most, of the changes that take place on our skin over the years, such as wrinkles, brown spots, broken capillaries, loss of elasticity, texture problems, slowed healing time, and dryness, are the result of sun damage from exposure to the sun without appropriate or adequate sun protection.

Sun protection, when worn daily and applied liberally, can potentially help prevent some forms of skin cancer and are an absolute must if you have already been treated for any type of skin cancer (or have a family history of it).

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