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SPF Beauty Bonanza, Part I: Facial Moisturizers

In honor of Sun Safety Week (June 8th-14th), I've decided to bring you a five-post series on beauty products that contain SPF. And I'm not talking SPF 4, 6, or 8, I'm talking the big numbers to keep your looks preserved, your skin protected and your body healthy and happy. Today's topic is facial moisturizers and below are three great products that have piqued my interest. What's your favorite SPF lotion?

I haven't tried anything from Ahava except for their Purifying Dead Sea Mask and I loved it, so when I heard that they launched a line of Mineral Sun Care products I was intrigued, especially with the Anti-Aging Moisturizer with SPF 50 ($25). It claims to guard your skin from both UVA and UVB rays and it's formulated for sensitive skin.

Last Summer, Kiehl's launched the UV Protective Face and Body Sunscreens with SPF 20 ($32.50), which I love. The big news is that they've already released the same version but with SPF 50 overseas and plan to launch it in the US next year — how's that for early buzz!

The sun creams are formulated with Mexoryl technology to ensure that UVA and UVB rays are blocked from penetrating your skin. They are photostable, non-greasy, fragrance-free and sweat resistant, however, they are lightweight in texture so they won't clog your pores.

For one more facial moisturizer with SPF,


This Protect & Glow Sun Kit from Lancome ($55) is all you'll need for gorgeous and sun-safe skin this summer. Inside of the plastic beach-friendly bag you'll find three products — an SPF 50 Sunscreen for Face and Body, an illuminating body butter (great for after sun) and best of all, a Sôleil Ultra Expert Sun Care SPF 50 Sunscreen for the Face. This gentle moisturizer hydrates, firms, soothes and protects skin for up to eight hours. Also, you're getting a great value since the products actually add up to $75 if you were to buy them separately.

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nancyw999 nancyw999 8 years
Most facial moisturizers are designed to soothe and keep water close to the skin. However, manufacturers claim that their product will eliminate wrinkles or penetrate several layers of skin. This is not correct and if often the largest cause of again and wrinkled skin. Many people have the misconception that there is relationship between dry skin and wrinkles. It has been proven that a moisturizer will temporarily make wrinkles less apparent, but moisturizing your skin will not have any long-term effect on wrinkles. An example of this type of false claim is Estee Lauder Creme de la Mer. It is very expensive at $165 for 2 ounces! It was supposedly to heal burns received in an accident; The reality is that this very chemical laden cream doesn’t contain anything particularly extraordinary ingredients. In fact, the majority of ingredients can be found in CVS-Brand Moisturizers. Creme de la Mer contains seaweed extract, mineral oil, petrolatum (similar to Vaseline), and glycerin. For people who are not willing to use un-orthodox methods, such a survey and harmful chemical peels on your face, there is a solution for you. For long term effect on wrinkles and a treatment that naturally aids your own skin health, you need a Vitamin Enhanced Face Firming Serum. This serum uses natural organic ingredients to holistically improve your skin cells around your eyes and face, for a firmer tighter appearance for now and the future. In just 3 days, this Vitamin Enhanced Face Firming Serum makes a tighter, firmer, more lifted skin. There are exclusive natural extracts combined to help tighten the connections between skin’s layers. These organic and healthy ingredients combine to lift, tighten and firm. 90% of women showed improvement in fine lines that can lead to wrinkles, and uneven skin tone that can lead to blotchiness. There are certain antioxidants are beneficial to the skin trying to thrive in our pouted world. Please do not use preservatives and avoid toxic synthetic chemicals in your lotions. They are not necessary. Human skin is porous which means that substances we put on our skin are absorbed directly into our bloodstream. This means these chemicals may end up in your liver or other organs. The most beneficial face firming treatments use all natural ingredients, in high concentrations in order to allow for cell rejuvenation and reducing fine line and wrinkles.
redscorpio redscorpio 9 years
There is also in a two-pack offer ...
redscorpio redscorpio 9 years
I have fair, combination skin and I have been using for almost 2 years now La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL 50+ Fluide Extreme. It's a non-greasy milky sunscreen that leaves no white residue and keeps me protected. I live in Europe so I can buy it in pharmacies but I see that in the US you can buy it from
divinedebris divinedebris 9 years
Wow, I read a lot of comments that praise Neutrogena, I must try it. I use Extra Light Face Lotion with SPF 15 from C.O. Bigelow from Bath and Body Works, that's mostly because I work there, but it's a good product. Light and oil free are ones I would prefer because I have really oily T-zone.
audreystar audreystar 9 years
i have been using Olay's Complete Defense Daily UV Moisturizer SPF 30 for Sensitive Skin as well.
pinkserendipity pinkserendipity 9 years
i personally love Olay's Total Effects plus SPF 15 Fragrance Free. i get the benefits of SPF protection and anti-aging. but i wouldn't mind trying AHAVA's; i love their products that i've tried thus far.
chiquita29 chiquita29 9 years
I'd like to try the one by AHAVA. I got a hand cream of theirs as a gift from my boss' wife & I love it, it's super moisturizing. I wonder if this is oil free though? Currently i'm using Mark's for goodness face SPF30, I really like it.
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 9 years
i second the neutrogena ultra sheer suggestion (just don't get it too close to your eyes--you'll be crying for an hour), and i like their healthy defense SPF 45 moisturizer, too. my dermatologist recommended the latter, and i love it.
alikat07 alikat07 9 years
I use the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer, I use the cool spray for my body and face - its very lightweight and not greasy at all. I haven't had any break outs so far and I have combo skin which can get quite oily in the heat.
brittanyk brittanyk 9 years
Every day I wear Oil of Olay UV defense moisturizer, it has SPF 30 in it. If I know I'm going to be outside for longer than normal, I just opt for wearing regular sun screen on my face. I use Neutrogena Dry Touch sun screen in SPF 45. It's not greasy at all and makeup layers over it fairly well.
sofi sofi 9 years
yeah, I just switch to Neutrogena Healthy Defense, SPF 45 since the heat started and I love it. It has zinc oxide which Bella wrote about a bit ago as a great sun block. Since I recently started using Retin A, I have also been doubling up with Neutrogen Age Shield Face, SPF 70 which has a stabilizing 'helioplex' complex. I used to use Olay Complete SPF 15, but that won't do anything for me this summer. I am loving Neutrogena!
Advah Advah 9 years
Bigestive, try the Neutrogena one. Since I found it I wear sunscreen every day, simply because it doesn't feel like it. It's not oily, and the smell is way better than the usual sunscreens. Actually you can vaguely smell it when you open the bottle, but it's so subtle I don't smell it afterwards.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 9 years
I hate the way SPF products smell ... is there anything that actually smells pleasant or is fragrance-free?
alysun alysun 9 years
emlod10 I agree Aveeno!!!! All the way. I was using Clinque but it didnt have SPF so now I just use it at night and use the Aveeno with SPF for daytime
lovealways lovealways 9 years
Neutrogena has an SPF 45 Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer or something like that. And Olay products don't have terrible SPF either, from what I remember. I had something from Aveeno that was SPF 30, too...
HamsterPants HamsterPants 9 years
Bella - can you recommend one that doesn't come off the moment you step outside into the heat and humidity? I rarely wear make up, but always wear sunscreen, yet the ones I put on before leaving my apartment seem to sweat off the moment I leave my air conditioned comfort. I've tried Aveeno, Ponds, Oil of Olay, etc. The only one that seemed to work was a $45 bottle from Fresh. Suggestions?
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
I think you just have to find which one works for you. I've tried the Neutrogena ones and tend to be happy with their products in general. I loved the Aveeno one, but no the Olay regular lotion w/ spf15. I got some L'Oreal for men stuff for fine lines with spf 15 and boswelox for $5.24 at WalGreens. Ooh, and they had a big bottle of SeaBreeze toner, the active kind, with 6 free ounces for $3. I am required by my skin to provide toner during the summer. I love good buys.
emlod10 emlod10 9 years
AVEENO positively radiant spf 30 - about $15. fabulous and oil-free. bella - do you have any other oil-free finds? I have heard ddf and bobbi brown have some..
ahles ahles 9 years
I love this! 5-7 years ago I used to have friends bring me high spf sunblock from Canada cause we just couldn't find it in the States, and now they're everywhere! Neutrogena has a nice spf 70 face creme, but it's a bit greasy so we tend to use it more on chest and shoulders. Olay made me break out. One of the Almays made my face burn and itch. Colorscience mineral sunscreen was okay, but quite expensive and hard to tell when it was on and staying on. UV Naturals was awesome in a convertible in Arizona, but is horrendously greasy back east. We're currently loving Juice Organics spf30 tinted moisturizer. Color seems to work on very pale me and the medium tan husband, glides on like a dream, and it's not overly greasy. If that failed we were gonna try an Aveeno next, but I prefer to avoid the chemicals and like that the minerals work immediately.
TheSweetLife TheSweetLife 9 years
I really like the neutrogena one too, I have tried the lancome soliel before and it was waaay to greasy for me (and I have dry skin).
emalove emalove 9 years
I want to try the Kiehl's one!
Charlie Charlie 9 years
speaking of drugstore products, i love aveeno's positively radiant daily moisturizer with 30spf. i burn easily, so for everyday use when i'm not outside most of the day, this stuff is perfect; especially for skin that tends to be dry. if i'm going to be outdoors for more than 20 minutes, i'll either use the neutrogena ultra sheer 70spf or the aveeno continuous protection spray in 70spf on top of my moisturizer. can you tell i'm terrified of sunburns? ;)
GreenTad GreenTad 9 years
I've been using BeautiControl's Cell Block-C New Cell Protection SPF 20 for a long time. It has UVA/UVB protection, vitamins, and reduces fine lines and wrinkles. It costs about $22. It's excellent!
lawchick lawchick 9 years
I also use the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer for Face -- I think it's SPF 70(?) I love it! It's very lightweight and doesn't make me break out. It does make my face a little bit shiny though
jknocking jknocking 9 years
I like Olay's Complete Defense Daily UV Moisturizer SPF 30 for Sensitive Skin for daily facial moisturizer with SPF protection. I'll also second the vote for Neutrogena's Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen (I think the one I use is SPF 55) for a full body suncreen. I've used it on my face before (although I do use a light dusting of finishing powder, but that's more b/c I have oily skin).
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