If you add one product to your skin care routine, it should be a moisturizer with SPF. Year-round sun exposure fries your skin and puts you at increased risk for skin cancer, but it’s entirely avoidable. The solution is as simple as a daily face cream with SPF, a rating that describes a product’s sun protection factor.
The best face moisturizers with SPF not only protect you from the sun, which can give you serious wrinkles and sunspots, but keep your visage soft, smooth, and supple. A product with SPF 15 is the FDA’s minimum recommendation for protection against skin cancer and sunburn, but the American Academy of Dermatology suggests choosing one with SPF 30. Above 30, experts say any additional benefits are minimal.
One word of caution: “For those with sensitive skin, try to avoid products with more than 10 ingredients,” says Dr. Jason Miller of Schweiger Dermatology Group in New Jersey. “Allergies can develop, even to high-end or botanical ingredients. Other ingredients that can lead to allergies include fragrances, formaldehydes, and parabens.”
All of the moisturizers with SPF on our list meet the minimum SPF requirements to keep protect you from the sun, not to mention premature aging.
One Fatherly editor uses this face cream with SPF 20 daily, swearing by its lightweight formula that visibly leaves skin looking smoother and fresher. This moisturizer works on all skin types, and is meant to be used after washing your face and shaving. It's lightweight, but potent.
We love lightweight texture of this water-based cream, which is particularly suitable for oilier skins. Not only do you get SPF 30 protection from the sun, but this face cream feels cool when you apply it and absorbs fast. Plus it's reef-safe, which is a major bonus.
This is a super-powered SPF 34 sunscreen that's also a moisturizer that's gentle enough for all skin types. It makes your skin look smoother and blocks out UVA, UVB and infrared radiation.
This is an oil-free moisturizer with SPF 15 sun protection. Because this moisturizer is fragrance-free, is great for sensitive skin. And because it's oil-free, it goes on light and absorbs fast, so it's suitable for oilier skins as well.
Imagine putting the softest silk on your face. That's what this Supergoop! moisturizer with SPF 30 feels like. It's loaded with vitamins E and B5, has a hand pump for easy application and is suitable for all skin types. Lighter than a cream, but just as effective, this serum goes on white, but blends right in without leaving any kind of residue.
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