Why your moisturiser should not have an SPF

August 08, 2012 0 Comments


We get asked this question a lot. Have you been diligently applying your moisturiser with SPF every morning? It might be time to re-think your beauty routine.

Moisturisers with an SPF are definitely more convenient and economical but there is a downside.

Moisturiser and sunscreen work differently to each other.  A moisturiser needs to soak into the skin to give full benefit. Having a sunscreen mixed in decreases the moisturiser’s ability to soak in and provide the skin with all its goodness.

There’s 2 general categories of sunscreen – chemical barriers and physical barriers. Chemical barriers cause a protective chemical reaction when they contact the skin, whereas a physical barrier sits on top of the skin.

Whichever type of sunscreen you choose, a moisturiser gets in the way and doesn’t let it do its job properly. Using a separate moisturiser and sunscreen is the best option to get the full benefits of each.

A chemical barrier sunscreen should be applied before moisturiser and physical barrier sunscreen after.

Dermatologists and consumer watchdog Choice also agree that a combined moisturiser/sunscreen is not good enough. This is because people usually don’t apply enough in the morning, and then forget to reapply during the day.

If you are after a nourishing moisturiser without an SPF then the Perfectly Happy Light Anti-Oxidant Cream is a great choice. For now we will let other skin care companies tackle the problem of creating an organic, light weight, non-tinted, zinc based SPF 30 daily sunscreen (not an easy task – we have yet to come across one that we love).

We still have some Perfectly Happy Light Anti-Oxidant Cream in stock so if you need some more click here.

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