/9 Featherweight Moisturizers With Built-In Sun Protection

9 Featherweight Moisturizers With Built-In Sun Protection

Any of the best moisturizers with SPF could be a cornerstone of a good skin care routine, because the way we see it, every guy should use two different moisturizers. One is for nighttime, and it’s a bit heftier, since it’s concentrated with nutrients to help skin repair and replenish itself. The other is for the daytime, something lighter that doesn’t suffocate you pores or make you sweat. And ideally, that daytime cream has SPF, too.

Or, it can lack SPF and be supplemented with a face sunscreen, but why not kill two birds with one stone? Wearing a sun-blocking moisturizer daily ensures that you never forget and block as many UV rays as possible. On a daily basis, this may not seem like a huge victory, but over the course of a lifetime, it could be the difference between looking 50 at 70, or looking 90 at 70. 

Simply using a daily moisturizer that contains some SPF and you’ve got the perfect marriage of daily hydration and actual sun protection (that won’t feel like you’re on vacation instead of the office). The best of these moisturizers are weightless and won’t leave any sticky residue. In fact, you’ll probably forget you’re even wearing it. Below are our picks for the best moisturizers with SPF for a variety of skin types or needs.

Best Oil-Free Moisturizer with SPF

CeraVe moisturizing lotion with SPF 30

It’s completely possible to built a very solid skincare regimen out of drugstore stalwart CeraVe, and it’s this SPF daytime lotion that ties it all together. It’s an oil-free, unscented formula that harnesses both physical and chemical defenses, while also hydrating skin with hyaluronic acid, toning with niacinamide, and plumping with ceramides. It’s everything you want in a moisturizer, SPF included.

Best Lightweight Moisturizer with SPF

Cardon moisturizing lotion with SPF 30

In Cardon’s (travel-size) case, good things come in small packages. A tiny pea-sized amount of their nourishing lotion should cover your visage. It soothes skin with cactus extract (which is a welcomed ingredient for a post-sun come-down, too), and it’s a water-based formula that complements all skin types.

Best Moisturizing Balm with SPF

Lumin moisturizing balm with SPF 30

This one from Lumin is terrific for frequent shavers, winter storm weatherers, and sun seekers alike: It’s lightweight enough that it doesn’t feel like a balm, but it also fortifies skin with firming papaya extract and antiseptic rosemary extract, along with a generous (but cast-free) 20% zinc oxide cover.

Best Moisturizer with Mineral SPF

Paula’s Choice moisturizing lotion with mineral SPF 30

The biggest hurdle for a physical SPF is finding one that lathers on clear and cast free. Paula’s Choice seems to have a solution to everything, and this mineral matter is no exception. Its titanium dioxide and zinc oxide moisturizer also deploys hydrating + defensive hyaluronic acid and apricot oil, and is dense with antioxidants to keep skin youthful, despite any exposure to sun and pollutants.

Best Moisturizing Serum with SPF

La Roche-Posay Vitamin C&E serum with SPF 50

Perhaps you are partial to your (non-SPF) moisturizer, but still want to incorporate SPF into your daytime regimen without needing to lather on sunscreen. Enter SPF serums, which deliver the same UV defense, but are applied prior to the moisturizer itself. La Roche-Posay’s helps brighten skin with vitamin C and nourish with vitamin E, with its oil free blend that wears featherlight below any defensive moisturizer.

Best Tinted Moisturizer with SPF

SkinCeuticals mineral SPF 50 tinted moisturizer

If your skin is blotchy and could use some visual toning (in addition to SPF cover), then you might consider a tinted moisturizer, which carries a more-or-less neutral tint (for lighter shades that demand it). This tint subtly levels out the skin’s colors, but looks nothing like caked-on foundation. SkinCeuticals’ is among the best, largely for its mattifying mineral defense, which combines titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Better yet, it’s water resistant up to 40 minutes, so that no subtle sweat will compromise the uniform glow.

Best Drugstore Moisturizer with SPF

Eucerin moisturizing lotion with SPF 30

With a mineral and physical sun shield, a fragrance-free and non-comedogenic formula, plus a budget-friendly price, Eucerin gives you exactly 0 excuses for not wearing an SPF moisturizer every day.

Best High-End Moisturizer with SPF

Aesop moisturizing lotion with SPF 25

When alternative options are available for $8, you might ask what a more top-shelf product offers in this category. Aesop answers with a long list of nourishing, fortifying, smoothing, toning ingredients, ranging from oils of lavender and rosemary to extracts of carrot root and tea leaf, as well as lactic acid. It carries a soothing, herbal scent and helps skin radiate any time of year—and not just when you’re out in the sun.

Best Sweat-Friendly SPF Moisturizer

Dermalogica sport sunscreen lotion SPF 50

Here’s one instance where we stray from “moisturizers with SPF” and back into more straightforward sunscreens. Because you’ll be sweating so much (or even getting wet), it’s more imperative that you wear a sunblock with water resistance, as opposed to a moisturizer that you might sweat away. Dermalogica’s holds water (figuratively) in this category, and blocks it (literally) from compromising your sun shield. It wears light, won’t suffocate skin, and is water resistant up to 80 minutes.

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