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The Sunscreen/Tinted Moisturizer Hybrid: Does It Really Work?

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Is the SPF 15 in my tinted moisturizer enough to protect me from UV damage? Should I be layering an actual sunscreen with a different cosmetic product?

“The quick answer [to the first part of the questions] is generally no. Keep in mind that SPF protects against UVB radiation. UV-induced skin damage, photo-aging, and skin cancer is influenced by both UVA and UVB. Most tinted moisturizers with SPF 15 do not contain an adequate amount of UVA protection. Thus, be sure that your moisturizer/sunscreen contains broad spectrum UVA + UVB protection [and] be aware of ingredients when you choose your daily sunscreen/moisturizer.”

Dr. Robert J. Friedman is a clinical professor of dermatology at the New York University School of Medicine. The co-editor of the seminal textbook Cancer of the Skin, he is an expert on melanoma and the chairman, CEO and founder of MD Solar Sciences, a product range devoted to advancing the science of sun protection.

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