I have to say that, partly due to the lack of (law enforced) product labeling, the awareness of full-spectrum sun protection (against both UVA and UVB rays) in the UK is still lacking (especially compared with the strong awareness in many countries in East Asia, such as Japan). However, there has been some slight improvement partly thanks to TV adverts from Boots such as this:
Boots‘ No 7 range has recently released Protect & Perfect Intense Day Cream (50ml), which SPF 15 and 5-star UVA protection. (Boots uses a star rating system to indicate the level of UVA protection in a product. Products with a 5-star label offer the strongest UVA protection.) The cream has a relatively light creamy consistency and feels emollient on the skin. The consistency is likely to appeal to those with normal-to-dry skin.
The product uses octocrylene and ethylhexyl salicylate (also known as octisalate and octyl salicylate) as the anti-UVB ingredients and butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane as the anti-UVA ingredient.
Some of the moisturizing ingredients in this product are glycerin, shea butter, cetearyl alcohol, butylene glycol, and sodium hyaluronate.
The product contains antioxidants such as retinyl palmitate, ascorbyl glucoside, medicago sativa (alfalfa) extract, phyllanthus emblica fruit extract (also with anti-inflammatory properties), ginkgo biloba leaf extract, and tocopherol (vitamin E). It also contains palmitoyl oligopeptide and palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7 (along with retinyl palmitate) as cell-communicating agents.
The product contains fragrance (parfum).
One drawback of this product is the inclusion of alcohol. It is not towards the top of the ingredient list but it is among the first half of the list. It could still cause problems for those who react negatively to alcohol. If alcohol were left out of the product, this would be a very well-formulated daytime moisturizer (with proper sun protection and an array of skin-benefiting ingredients) for those with drier skin types.
(The product featured in this article is provided by Boots.)