How to Choose SPF Moisturizer for Sweaty Skin
For a long time fashion was about having a healthy glowing tan, and skin care (and especially sun protection) always came second – think of deeply tanned fashion icons like Brigitte Bardot or Coco Chanel. In fact, skin cancer awareness came much later and SPF as we know it was only adopted by the FDA in 1978. Since then there have been leaps and bounds in how we protect ourselves from the sun. There is no longer a one-size-fits-all solution which means each skin type needs sun-care that caters to its unique needs. If you work out, sweat will increase the photosensitivity of your skin and exacerbate skin damage. SPF’s for sweaty skin needs to be sweat-proof, robust and deeply nourishing to replenish the moisture that you lose while you exercise. Finding the right SPF moisturizer is also about texture; when you work out you don’t want an annoying and heavy “ghost-face” white cast. So how can you choose the right SPF moisturizer for sweaty skin?
UVA + UVB Isn’t Enough
The term SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and refers to skin protection against UVB rays. It is not a linear form of skin protection so doubling an SPF won’t get you double the effect. For example SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays while SPF 30 blocks 97% of UVB. If you exercise outdoors your probably know that UVB filters are a must in sunscreen – they stop your skin burning. However, the UV (ultra-violet) spectrum also includes UVA, and though its effects might not be immediately visible, UVA can lead to deep and long-term skin damage. In addition, according to dermatologists P. Schroeder and J. Krutmann, UV rays only account for 7% of the sun’s energy. That means while you work out and sweat, skin damage is being caused by rays from other parts of the spectrum. According to dermatologists, the big culprit here is infrared A or “IRA”. Infrared A rays have been shown to cause accelerating skin aging and contribute to the development of skin cancer. If you work out outdoors your skin is being damaged in multiple ways and the more you sweat, the worse the damage. It is therefore crucial to choose broad-spectrum sunscreen to ensure your sweaty skin is protected against UVA, UVB and IRA damage.
SPFs Without the Harsh Chemicals
While the good side of SPF sun protection has been emphasized by many major brands, the dangerous side of potentially harmful chemicals has often been ignored or dismissed. Popular sunscreens contain a host of chemicals including parabens, mineral oil and more. Parabens is a common preservative that is antibacterial and antifungal (sounds good so far) but a number of dermatological studies have suggested a link between parabens and breast cancer. While studies aren’t conclusive, there is certainly a cause for concern here. And what about mineral oil? Well the name sounds good and it has been used for decades in a wide range of skincare products to help reduce water loss from the skin. However, mineral oil is actually made from petroleum as a by-product of the process that creates gasoline. It is known to block pores and can contain nasty chemicals. When you work out and sweat, pores can get even more blocked from the combination of sweat and chemicals so mineral oils are a real no-no if you want healthy sweaty skin. When it comes to choosing the right SPF moisturizer, it’s important to choose an option without harmful chemicals and to find something that is “non-comedogenic” meaning it won’t clog pores and cause breakouts. This way you can keep your sweaty skin healthy without suffering from breakouts and pimples.
High-Quality Sweat-Proof Protection from FRÉ
FRÉ’s PROTECT ME SPF moisturizer is the best protection you can get for facial skin. It is a broad-spectrum solution that ensures your skin is protected against UV and IR skin damage. It’s also free of harsh chemicals like parabens and mineral oil and is 100% vegan so you can sweat without clogging your pores. Instead of relying on harmful chemicals to reduce your skin’s water loss while you sweat, FRÉ is based on Argania Active Complex©, a formula developed specially for skin that sweats. Based on stem cells and leaf water from the famous Argan desert tree, FRÉ’s unique formula ensures that your skin is nourished and moisturized while you sweat.
FRÉ also takes sun care one-step further by creating something rare – an SPF moisturizer that has all the benefits of vegan skincare but isn’t greasy and won’t leave a nasty white cast on your skin. This leaves you free to work out without having to worry about a sweaty messy complexion. FRÉ smells great and is quickly absorbed by skin leaving a healthy glow. The formula is also sweat-proof (for up to 80 minutes) which means you can sweat with FRÉ without having to reapply. FRÉ is also ophthalmologist tested so it won’t sting eyes.
Product Reviews From FRÉ Enthusiasts
Jude Jacob said: Amazing products!!! *****
I am a big fan of FRE, and especially love the "protect me" moisturizer. It is hands down the best SPF moisturizer I have found! It melts into the skin, smells great and protects my skin from sun damage. Super happy I found FRE :)
Jean-Emile Rosenblum said: Game changer *****
I am not used to putting cream on but I have to say these ones are really amazing... I can recommend them to all work out people but even more as a sun protector.