Cosmetics Are Not Sunscreen

Fall 2009 CSANews Issue 72  |  Posted date : Sep 22, 2009.Back to list

Many lotions, face creams and cosmetics have SPF factors listed in their ingredients. The SPF does offer protection from limited exposure to the harmful effects of the sun; however, these products should not be confused with traditional sunscreen. In order for the cosmetics to effectively operate as sunscreen, they would have to be applied generously and repeatedly throughout the day. Keep in mind that applying two SPF 15 products does not "add up" to SPF 30. Use cosmetics for what they were intended and use an appropriate sunscreen to protect your skin from prolonged exposure to the sun.