If you’re one of the millions of people using a daily moisturizer with sun protection factor (SPF) to shield your face from sun damage, chances are you’re not getting as much protection as you think.
“We expected the eyelid areas to be better covered by moisturizer compared to sunscreen as we thought the perception would be that moisturizers would cause less eye stinging if they accidentally seeped into the eyes. Or we expected to find no difference between the two,” said senior study author Austin McCormick, consultant ophthalmic and oculoplastic surgeon at Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool.
“We haven’t been able to find out exactly why our participants covered less facial area with moisturizer than sunscreen,” McCormick, who is also an honorary lecturer at University of Liverpool, told Healthline. “It is possible that subconsciously people are not as thorough as when they are applying a product to specifically protect the skin, but this is speculation.”
“The skin around our eyes are delicate. Many people use special eye moisturizers which are different than their facial moisturizers,” Piliang added. “They may simply not put the facial moisturizer on their eye area for this reason. Also, many sunscreens can burn or irritate the eye. Again, this may be a reason for people to avoid the eye area with these products.”