SPF 30 Moisturizers are popular. But is it a good idea to use a moisturizer with sunscreen?
It would seem that spf 30 moisturizers are becoming popular. After all it is now well known that the sun can damage your skin. We have talked about the serious effects of photoaging on your skin before. Skin sun damage is a serious issue, and many women now understand that one of the major causes of prematurely ageing skin, wrinkles, lines and skin dryness is overexposure to the sun.
However sunburn, or severe overexposure to the sun, can be much more serious than simply ageing your skin. It can kill you from skin cancer. And so it would seem to make sense that if you are applying a moisturizer, or for that matter any skin care products, every day, that having a sunscreen in them would be a good idea. And so many women opt to buy a moisturiser with spf 30 sun protection. But is this really a good idea?
On this website we seek to alert you to the dangers of chemicals in skin care products. Unfortunately the same problems apply for spf 30 moisturizers, or for that matter any skin care products that contain sunscreen. Unfortunately the chemicals that produce the desired effect, namely screening out the harmful UV rays of the sun, may have unwanted side-effects and can damage your health.
Here’s an example. One of the most commonly used chemicals to produce the result of screening out UV rays is Octinoxate. However Octinoxate can have side effects.
Although Octinoxate is found in a wide range of personal products such as many moisturizers, lip balms and lipsticks it is known that it can cause a range of unwanted effects on the skin including dermatitis, acne and rashes. Even worse, if you search it at the cosmetics database you’ll find that Octinoxate is also linked to various allergies and immunotoxicity, reproductive toxicity, endocrine disruption and more.
Of course Octinoxate is not the only chemical used to produce a sunscreen effect in moisturizers. Moisturisers with spf 30 can use a variety of different chemicals to produce this effect. However others can also have side effects.
The owner of the company that we consider makes the highest quality natural anti aging skin products specifically avoids adding a sunscreen to the products, and you can read why right here.
Let’s think about it. How often do you actually need to protect itself from the sun? It’s usually only during summer during the middle of the day. Unless you’re on the beach it’s usually only your face, and you can protect your face with a good hat.
People who use an spf 30 moisturizer will usually use it on more than their face. They will use it in the winter as well as the summer, and they often use it more than once a day. Often it will cover a large area of the body. All day long.
If there are any risks at all from using a moisturizer with sunscreen then these risks are exacerbated by using it on large areas of the body, most of which does not need it, and mostly at times of the year and during times of the day that also do not require it.
Not only that but as more and more of us avoid going out in the sun to avoid getting sunburnt, and for good reason, there is a gradual tendency for us to become vitamin D deficient. By using a moisturiser with sunscreen we are ensuring that this may worsen.
Protecting yourself from the sun can be achieved with some simple commonsense. It is only necessary for 3 or 4 months of the year and for 3 or 4 hours in the day. Don’t overdo it by using an spf 30 moisturizer, just be sensible.