More than 90 percent of the visible changes we commonly chalk up to skin aging (we’re talking to you, age spots and wrinkles!) are caused by the sun, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation (SCF). So the best anti-aging strategy you can employ short of moving into a dark cave is to slather on sunscreen daily.

The problem is that most people don’t want an extra step in the morning — moisturizer, then sunblock — and the 2-in-1 products that combine both essentials are often too sticky to wear on a daily basis or aren’t hydrating enough. But Lumixyl MoistureLock Sunscreen SPF 30, which promises to act more like a moisturizing primer than a sunscreen, is trying to change all that.

The product contains micronizing titanium dioxide, which helps it disappear into the skin rather than turning you white as a ghost, along with SymHelios™ 1031, a new ingredient that’s said to protect the skin against long-term damage brought on by UVB radiation.

Product: Lumixyl MoistureLock Sunscreen SPF 30

Price: $58

We Think:


How It Looks, How It Feels: The product goes on a little goopy, but once blended in, there’s no stickiness or greasiness whatsoever. There’s a bit of white residue at first, which is to be expected with a physical sunblock, but then thanks to the product’s micronizing titanium dioxide, that too absorbs quickly and disappears. The skin looks and feels smooth, clear, and soft.

How to Use It: Cleanse your face and put on your anti-aging serum, if you use one, before applying Lumixyl MoistureLock Sunscreen SPF 30. I found a dime-size amount worked well to cover my face and neck, followed by a drop more to cover my chest.

Results: I was surprised that Lumixyl MoistureLock Sunscreen SPF 30 left my skin feeling smooth and moisturized. After each application, I’d question whether I should have put on a dab of moisturizer first — especially since it’s so dry and wintry out — but once the product sunk in, my skin felt supple, smooth, and hydrated.

I tried Lumixyl MoistureLock Sunscreen SPF 30 as a sample.