Why you should add a body lotion with SPF to your skincare routine

Plus the top 5 moisturizing body sunscreens to protect and hydrate your skin

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Stephanie Papanikolas
Oct 02, 2020 · 3 min read

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The skin is the largest (and, IMO, prettiest) organ of the body, yet most of us restrict our age-defying skin routines to the neck-and-up. If only the rest of our body was immune to signs of accelerated aging! So, while facial moisturizers with SPF have gotten a lot of love on the Curology blog, I figured it was time to talk about a skin routine wallflower: body lotion with sunscreen.

Wearing sunscreen is the anti-aging tip we all forget

Sun damage plays a significant role in skin aging. The sun emits UV rays, which are known to cause skin cancer, as well photoaging. That means fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots can all be caused by sunshine. UVA rays can also penetrate windows, so it’s important to practice sun protection even if you spend a lot of time indoors.

3 sun protection tips

  1. Wear sunscreen with broad-spectrum SPF 30 (or higher) every day.

  2. Re-apply it once for every 2 hours of sun exposure (or more often if you’re swimming/sweating).

  3. Practice sun avoidance by seeking shade and wearing sun-blocking clothing (like sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats).

Check out my sun safety quiz to get more sun protection tips.

The best body lotions with sunscreen

Using a body lotion with sunscreen is a great way to promote silky soft skin while keeping UV rays at bay. These bodycare products are a 2-in-1 that help hydrate and protect your skin. But for whatever reason, finding a combination sunscreen/body lotion is tricky, especially if you (like me) have certain standards when it comes to what’s inside your bottle. But I promise, they’re out there! Here are the top 5 body lotions with sun protection, based on their ingredients.

Hempz Yuzu & Starfruit Daily Herbal Body Moisturizer SPF 30

  • Designed to help defend against and repair sun damage

  • Packed with natural extracts, including coffee, hemp, and lemon

  • Contains a little bit of vitamin C and retinyl palmitate

  • $29.95 for 8.5 oz

Pacifica Sea & C Body Milk Broad Spectrum SPF 30

  • Designed for both everyday wear and beach days

  • Sheer, non-greasy formula

  • Vitamins C and E help protect and repair skin

  • $14 for 5 oz

Fré Protect Body Defense Moisturizer with SPF 30

  • Designed to be sweat resistant for working out

  • Dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested

  • With aloe and argania

  • $40 for 5.07 oz

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Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30

  • Best pick for sensitive skin

  • Loaded with antioxidants to help defend against and repair sun damage

  • Fragrance-free

  • $34 for 3 oz

Aveeno Protect & Hydrate Lotion Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 70

  • An ultra-moisturizing sunscreen with soothing oat extract

  • Ideal for face and body

  • Fast-absorbing and oil-free

  • $8.99 for 7 oz

Here’s a little reward for reading this far

You can try custom skincare made for you for free when you start your free trial of Curology. One of our in-house medical providers will prescribe you a customized cream with a mix of up to 3 active ingredients chosen for your specific skin needs. You can add on any Curology product you want at no extra cost, including our gentle cleanser and rich moisturizer. Just pay $4.95 (plus tax) to cover shipping + handling on your first box.

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