No matter what the season is, shielding your skin from the sun should be a top concern, and every bit of protection matters. The smartest way to do that? By investing in some of the best men's face moisturizers with SPF (or Sun Protection Factor). Using an SPF of no less than 30 on a daily basis can significantly protect your skin from the sun's UVB rays that can cause different types of skin complications later in life, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
Face moisturizer is already essential in any guy's grooming routine, but to up the ante even further, go with SPF.
Another seemingly superficial (but also major) benefit: A 2016 study from Johnson and Johnson's Skin Research Center found that roughly about half of the participants who used daily moisturizers containing SPF saw improvements in the appearance of their sunspots, while 41% of them said they saw their skin clear up after a year of use.
Ahead, we feature some of our favorite moisturizers containing SPF so you can keep your skin fresh and protected all year long.
Dermalogica Invisible Physical Defense SPF 30
While so many face sunscreens out there tout their sheerness, Dermalogica's moisturizer is one of the few SPF products we've tried that doesn't leave a visible white cast after application. What's more, it includes a proprietary formula that gives protection from blue light (skin-damaging rays from computer and smartphone screens) and reduces redness and dryness.
Supergoop! Superscreen Daily Moisturizer SPF 40
The thickest sunscreen on our list, Supergoop's cream moisturizer is ultra hydrating without blocking your pores and includes SPF 40. We found that applying this after cleansing leaves a dewy finish.
Kiehl's Facial Fuel SPF 20
For quick touchups and for days when you might find yourself in and out of the sun, it's nice to have a reliable, high-quality moisturizer with SPF close at hand. This Kiehl's moisturizer provides solid protection via SPF 20.
Neutrogena Ultimate Sport Face Oil-Free Sunscreen Lotion
Not only does Neutrogena's sunscreen contain ingredients found in more expensive sunscreen products, but this moisturizer works great for guys who spend a lot of time outdoors, thanks to its sweat-wicking properties. And if you're a frequent outdoor runner, this sunscreen won't burn your eyes.
Dr. Dennis Gross Dark Spot Sun Defense SPF 50
Guys who are prone to acne should definitely use SPF, as unprotected sun exposure can lead to hyperpigmentation and acne scars. Enter Dr. Dennis Gross, a brand that specializes in producing quality skin care products for people with special skin conditions, especially acne. This moisturizer feels light and includes hyaluronic acid and is noncomedogenic.
Jaxon Lane Rain or Shine Daily Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 30
Another crowd-pleasing sunscreen, Jaxon Lane's latest product also contains skin-soothing ingredients like vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, and green tea.
Mantl Invisible Daily SPF 30
Co-created by Queer Eye's Karamo Brown, Mantl's sunscreen is specially formulated for guys who are balding, so this moisturizer is just as effective on your scalp as it is on your face.
Bravo Sierra Face Sunscreen SPF 30
Bravo Sierra was tested by active military personnel, and it works just as well for civilians. We especially like the brand's sunscreen, which is affordable, (relatively) fragrance-free, and is great for guys who spend most of their time outdoors.
Murad City Skin Age Defense SPF 50
Murad's mineral-based sunscreen is a bestseller for a good reason: It doesn't clog pores, it goes on light, and just a little bit of it goes a long way. A great option for men with sensitive or acne-prone skin.
Oars + Alps Daily Anti-Aging Facial Moisturizer
With a broad spectrum of SPF 37 that protects your skin against UVA and UVB rays every day, this facial moisturizer by Oars + Alps also stops common signs of aging. On top of that, it keeps your face hydrated throughout the day without the oil and grease.
Alastin Skincare Broad Spectrum SPF 30+ Sunscreen
This water-resistant sunscreen from Alastin Skincare moisturizes the skin and protects it from harmful, broad-spectrum UVA and UVB rays. It also helps calm the skin with key botanicals, such as cucumber and aloe leaf extract.
Vacation Mineral Lotion SPF 30
If you're worried about buying sunscreens that could potentially destroy the reefs, then Mineral Lotion SPF 30 by Vacation might be the one for you. This sunscreen, formulated with reef-friendly, non-nano zinc, follows the EU regulations for nanoparticles and the Hawaii reef-friendly mandate.
Smashbox Halo Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturizer
This tinted moisturizer not only gives you a broad spectrum of SPF 25, but it also provides lightweight, natural-looking dewy coverage that hydrates skin for up to 24 hours.
Paula's Choice Resist Skin Restoring Moisturizer SPF 50
Paula's Choice Resist Skin Restoring Moisturizer SPF 50 consists of helpful antioxidants, such as shea butter, coffee seed, and apple, plus tone-improving niacinamide and licorice to help keep skin hydrated throughout the day.
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