How Do I Choose the Best SPF Face Cream?

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Choosing the best SPF face cream is important because the face is prone to sun damage and many face creams on the market do not have ingredients that offer any sun protection factor (SPF). The best creams will vary widely depending on an individual's skin type and personal needs. SPF face creams all contain ingredients that block UV radiation and are used when an individual wants to protect the face from damaging sunlight.

Typical face creams are used to moisturize, hydrate, and protect the skin from harsh weather conditions. Some face creams also contain anti-aging properties and acne-fighting ingredients. SPF face creams and lotions also include protection against UV radiation and sunlight, which can be extremely damaging to the skin. When looking for a face cream that will offer protection against the sun's rays, it is important to find a cream that also has SPF in it. Many creams will offer no protection against UV radiation.


When choosing the best SPF face cream, skin type and texture are important factors. Oily skin tends to break out easily, and should be treated with a face cream that does not contain oil or other pore-clogging ingredients. Aging or mature skin will benefit from the use of anti-aging creams and lotions that fight signs of wrinkles and age spots. Those suffering from dry or flaky skin should use a face cream that is moisturizing and hydrating. An SPF face cream with more nourishing ingredients and properties will help the skin heal and can alleviate dry, weathered skin.

Ingredients that offer sun protection are used in creams and lotions because they reflect or absorb the sun's ultraviolet rays and protect the face. The higher the SPF number on a product is, the more protection it provides. Those with fair skin will want to choose an SPF face cream with a higher SPF number because they generally require more protection against UV rays than those with darker complexions. Individuals with dark complexions should still protect their skin from the sun, however, as sun damage can occur with any skin type or color.

Using an SPF face cream is especially beneficial to those who plan on spending a considerable amount of time outdoors and in the sunlight. It is wise to use a product with a higher SPF number when you are contemplating spending long hours in the sun. The face can also be protected from the sun's powerful rays by using hats that block UV rays and sitting in the shade instead of in direct sunlight.


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I use an all natural, tinted, SPF face cream with UVA and UVB protection all year. I love my tinted cream. I use it as an all-in-one product in place of moisturizer and foundation. It's light, hydrating and protects my skin from aging because it has natural oils and extracts. It also looks much more natural than makeup. Sometimes, I apply some loose powder on top, but usually it's not necessary.

Tinted face creams are becoming more and more popular these days. Some of the new tinted creams also have skin brightening properties. They call these "blemish balm" or "BB" creams. They also have SPF protection. I've never tried one but I think I will soon.

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@literally45-- As far as I know, the FDA updated regulations for sunscreen products. The highest SPF that a product can have is 50. Studies have not shown that products with SPF higher than 50 provide any additional benefits. So technically, there is no point in buying a product with SPF 100 and these products should not be available on the market anyway.

SPF 15 is the minimum sun protection. For some people, it's enough, for others, SPF 30 is better. I recommend using a day cream with SPF 30 in the summer since the sun's rays are stronger.

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What is the best sun protection factor in a day face cream? I see creams with SPF ranging from 15 to 100. What is the best factor?

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