By Robert Preidt
WEDNESDAY, April 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) – Even though many moisturizers now contain sunscreens, people may not put them on their faces as well as they do sunscreen lotions, new research suggests.
"Moisturizer is not as well applied as sunscreen," said lead author Kevin Hamill, a lecturer in eye and vision science at the University of Liverpool in England.
"Therefore, if planning prolonged sun exposure , we recommend sunscreen be used, "he added. "If using moisturizer, we advise one with SPF: any SPF is better than none but it should not be considered the equal of sunscreen."
For this study, researchers exposed 84 to ultraviolet (UV) radiation and photographed them using a UV-sensitive camera on two separate visits. The photos were taken before and after participants applied SPF30 sunscreen to their face on one visit or moisturizer on the other visit.
Coverage was worse for the moisturizer (nearly 1
Most participants were worse off than with sunscreen, according to the study published online April 3 in the journal PLoS One .
The study of authors noted that attention should be paid to the eyelid area when applying any SPF cream. In addition, other methods of protecting eyelids, such as UV filter sunglasses, should be considered, they suggested in a journal news release.
SOURCE: PLoS One ]news release, April 3, 2019
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