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SPF moisturisers ‘risky use’?

Women could be risking skin cancer this summer


A quarter of female Which? members could be putting themselves at risk of skin cancer this summer by using a moisturiser with a sun protection factor (SPF), rather than a sun cream, on their face.

Inadequate sun protection

Cosmetics labelled with an SPF number only aren’t designed to be sun-protection products and may not offer protection against the sun’s UVA rays, which could contribute to the risk of skin ageing and cancer. They’re not suitable for even short intensive bursts of sun.

Sunscreen advice

Dermatologist Dr Kay Baxter advises: ‘Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection from March to September in the UK.’

You may also be interested in our test of  anti-wrinkle eye creams.


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