People should not rely on general cosmetics products to
protect them adequately from the sun, according to new research.
Products such as foundation and moisturiser claim to offer
protection from UV rays and often have a Sun
Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15, but according to a new study, the
way people apply these cosmetics means they're not receiving adequate
According to a report by the Daily Mail, because women are
unlikely to reapply foundation at regular intervals throughout the day and
because relatively small amounts of these cosmetics are used, they will not be
sufficiently protected from the sun's rays.
Cosmetic dermatologist Dr Sam Bunting said: "The
reality is straightforward. At least 80 per cent of ageing is due to sun
exposure, and the relationship between unprotected sun exposure and skin cancer
is well documented.
"Daily cosmetics simply don’t offer what we need to
protect us. Add in the fact that the way we apply them is unlikely to deliver
the kind of coverage required to reach the SPF on the label, and the fact they
are not designed to adhere to the skin like sunscreens, and you can see why
there are concerns."
In order to protect the skin against everything from
wrinkles to skin cancer, people are advised to use a dedicated product.