What are the 3 Best facial moisturizers with SPF to prevent premature aging caused by sun exposure?

by Bill Duffy - Read report

Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer SPF 15
La Roche Posay Anthelios SX SPF 15
Olay Regenerist UV Defense Lotion SPF 15
CONCLUSION:
The 3 Best facial moisturizers with SPF to prevent premature skin aging are La Roche Posay Anthelios SX SPF 15, Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer SPF 15, and Olay Regenerist UV Defense Regenerating Lotion SPF 15.
  • Background
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FACTS/BACKGROUND:
Overexposure to the sun is the leading cause of premature fine lines and wrinkles. Though there are hundreds of 'anti-aging' skin moisturizers on the market, there's simply no way to get around the fact that, over time, our skin naturally develops lines and wrinkles (or should we say, character!). Ultimately, the best way to keep wrinkles in check is to use a moisturizer with SPF, to protect your face from the damaging UVA and UVB rays that cause wrinkles to develop sooner and more heavily.

This report will be focused around the 3 Best facial moisturizers with SPF to prevent premature aging caused by sun exposure.
PROCESS:
I first Googled general skin moisturizers serving various purposes – anti-aging, for sensitive skin, etc. Repeatedly, sites emphasized that the only way to prevent premature aging and to promote skin health is by using a facial moisturizer with SPF to protect the skin from sun damage. So, I honed my search on facial moisturizers with SPF – I first learned that an SPF moisturizer is only good if it protects from both UVA and UVB rays, and that the SPF must be at least 15 in order to be effective. And, after seeing that some of the more high-end, department store products had prices skyrocketing into the hundreds of dollars, and reading that oftentimes you are simply paying for the 'luxury' of these high-end moisturizers, I decided to hone my search on more affordable products that had comparable ingredients. I read about various SPF moisturizers on expert sites like Skinstore, Real Simple and Essential Day Spa, and then searched on forums like Makeup Talk and Beautylish to see what real people had to say about different moisturizers.
COMPARISON:
 La Roche Posay Anthelios SX SPF 15Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer SPF 15Olay Regenerist UV Defense Lotion SPF 15
CredibilityContains highest available protection against UVA and UVB rays – mexoryl SX and parsol 1789 (avobenzone) to protect skin against UVA, octocrylene for UVBBroad-spectrum UV protection, feverfew to reduce skin rednessBroad-spectrum UV protection (both UVA and UVB), contains antioxidants and amino peptides to clear dead skin and promote skin smoothness
UsabilityOil free, light texture, non-comodogenic, fragrance-freeOil free, non-comodogenic, scentedContains oil and fragrance – may not be suitable for those with acne-prone or sensitive skin
Pricing$30/3.4 oz$26/4 oz. $22.99/2.5 oz.
Does Product Get Results?Award winning moisturizer and widely praised on user forumsWidely praised on user forums for reduction of redness, fragrance is annoying to some usersWidely praised on user forums for reduction of redness, fragrance is annoying to some users and others have broken out because it is not oil-free
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REASONING:
In deciding the 3 Best facial moisturizers with SPF, I used these key considerations to focus my research:
  1. Trustworthiness – Does the moisturizer protect against both UVA and UVB exposure? What other ingredients does the moisturizer contain to protect the skin?
  2. Usability – What does the moisturizer feel like on the skin? Is it oil-free? Does it have fragrance or not?
  3. Pricing – Does the moisturizer deliver at an affordable price?
  4. Performance - Does the Product Get the Desired Results?
While there were some other tangible factors in the selection process, and included in the discussion below, these four attributes illustrate the most important factors in the decision making process.

La Roche Posay Anthelios SX SPF 15


La Roche Posay Anthelios SX SPF 15 is far and away the best of the three SPF facial moisturizers, with high-quality active ingredients, official endorsement from The Skin Cancer Foundation, and widespread praise across community skin care forums. La Roche Posay Anthelios SX SPF 15 moisturizer provides broad-spectrum UV protection – meaning, it protects from both UVA and UVB rays – by using three of the most effective UV-filtering active ingredients available: mexoryl and avobenzone for UVA as well as octocrylene for UVB. Granted the Skin Cancer Foundation's Recommendation Seal, it has been approved by the organization as effective in protecting the skin from UV damage. The moisturizer is oil-free and fragrance-free, so it won't irritate acne-prone or sensitive skin, and has been praised across several skin care and cosmetic forums for its lightweight feel but effective sun protection. At approximately $30 a tube (3.4 oz) La Roche Posay Anthelios SX is the most expensive of the 3 Best, but is also arguably the most effective.

Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer SPF 15


For the second best SPF facial moisturizer I chose Aveeno's Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer SPF 15. Like the La Roche Posay moisturizer, Aveeno's is oil-free, non-comodogenic, and provides broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays. However, what makes this moisturizer unique is its use of natural ingredient Feverfew, a plant related to Chamomile. Traditionally cultivated as a medicinal plant, this ingredient is meant to soothe the skin and combat skin redness associated with dryness and/or rosacea (hence, the “Ultra-Calming” branding). The only drawback of this moisturizer is its use of fragrance, which may be a deterrent for those with sensitive skin or allergies, or for men who may wish to use the product. At $26 a bottle (4 oz.) Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer is a fairly affordable and decent product, praised on skin care forums for the soothing effect it has on skin redness.

Olay Regenerist UV Defense Regenerating Lotion SPF 15


For the third best SPF facial moisturizer I chose the Olay Regenerist UV Defense Regenerating Lotion SPF 15, another great option for providing one's face protection from the sun – but only if you have normal skin and don't mind the Olay fragrance. Again, this moisturizer provides broad-spectrum against UV rays, and its unique ingredient is Olay's amino peptide complex, designed to prevent skin from losing water content and to stimulate circulation in the skin. However, Olay Regenerist UV Defense Regenerating Lotion is not oil free, and it does contain a heavy fragrance, both of which might deter those with acne-prone or sensitive skin – or for people who simply don't want the fragrance at all. At $23 a bottle (2.5 oz.) it's the least expensive of the three, but also not as cost effective as the Aveeno moisturizer (which provides more product per dollar spent).

To recap, I chose the La Roche Posay Anthelios SX moisturizer for its high-quality ingredients, endorsement by the Skin Cancer Foundation, for being both oil and fragrance-free, and for its wide praise across expert sites and community skin care and beauty forums. The Aveeno Ultra-Calming Moisturizer took second place for being oil-free, for providing broad-spectrum protection and for its unique ingredient Feverfew to combat skin redness – however, the fragrance may deter some. Finally the Olay Regenerist Moisturizer took third place for its broad-spectrum protection and unique amino peptide complex to promote skin water retention and circulation, even if its use of oil and fragrance may be no-no's for those with acne-prone or sensitive skin.
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