Tested on animals:Yes
Drugstore brand Simple has done a great job of revamping much of their products, but Protecting Light Moisturizer SPF 15 is not among those that have improved with this recent retooling.
The reason? This is just a basic, fragrance-free daytime moisturizer that leaves you skin wanting a lot more, especially when it comes to a longer amount of sun protection. Though it feels great on skin and provides light moisture without being greasy, this is billed as an SPF product, and it falls very short in that regard.
It's not because of the ingredients: The ones included here can provide broad spectrum protection. The issue is that the SPF is on the low side for a modern-day sunscreen. Experts both in the U.S. and abroad now agree that using a product rated SPF 30 or higher is the minimum you need to be shielded from the sun's UV rays.
As for the other components of this moisturizer, it contains some good skin conditioning and soothing ingredients such as panthenol, allantoin, and bisabolol (your skin will likely feel better instantly after applying this). Still, this is short on a more state of the art beneficial blend of ingredients, like antioxidants and skin restoring ingredients.
All told, it's a pretty basic moisturizer that just doesn't make the cut when it comes to its chief purpose: Serving as your sole source of daily sun protection. Skip this, and choose one of the far superior options on our list of Best Moisturizers, Daytime With Sunscreen instead.
- Contains some good skin-soothing and conditioning ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
- Inexpensive and generously sized.
- SPF 15 is below the minimum recommended level of protection by most regulatory boards and medical organizations around the world.
- Lacks a potent blend of skin beneficial ingredients.
Sunscreens Rated Lower than an SPF 30: An extensive body of research and a growing number of medical organizations around the world have determined that a sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater is mandatory to ensure adequate sun protection.
While a sunscreen will provide protection at the SPF number on the label and may claim broad spectrum protection, we will always point out when it doesn't meet the standard of being an SPF 30 or greater because of how important it is for the health of your skin.
References for this information:
Journal of Clinical Oncology, September 2016 , ePublication
Photodermatology, Photoimmunology, and Photomedicine, August 2014, issue 4, pages 212-219
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, May 2008, issue 5 supplemental, pages S149-154