The answer is a resounding ‘no!’ While these products are wonderful, and provide an ease of use that many consumers are looking for, they should be considered the cherry on top of your sun protection regimen. The reason for this is that the amount of makeup or moisturizer that the average person uses is drastically lower than what would be needed to achieve the advertised SPF level.

We recommend finding a dedicated sunscreen product to use on a daily basis for any sun exposed skin (in general, this will be your face, neck, ears and then backs of your hands). The formula should advertise at least an SPF of 30 and be labeled ‘broad spectrum’. It doesn’t matter if it is a gel, cream, lotion, stick or spray – find the one that looks and feels the best for you!

Brooke is currently using La Roche Posay AOX SPF 50 and Obagi Medical Sun Shield for daily sun protection, while Lauren is loving EltaMD UV Clear, La Roche Posay Anthelios Mineral Sunscreen and Neutrogena Sheer Zinc.

Are makeup or moisturizing products with SPF enough to protect my skin from the sun?

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