Sunscreens and moisturizers are two of the most essential products anyone should have in his daily skincare routine, especially since summer is just around the corner, and we’ll be spending much more time outdoors — while practicing socially distancing guidelines, of course.
So why not kill two birds with one stone and invest in some moisturizers with SPF? According to the American Academy of Dermatology, using an SPF (short for sun protection factor) of at least 30 can significantly protect your skin from the sun’s UVB rays, which can cause skin cancer. Another seemingly superficial (but also major) benefit — a 2016 study from Johnson and Johnson’s Skin Research Center found that about half of participants who used a daily moisturizer containing SPF saw the appearance of their sunspots improve, while 41 percent of them said they saw their skin clear up after a year of use.
“The most plausible answer has to do with skin’s innate regenerative properties,” Steven Wang, a dermatologist who led the study, told Allure. “We know that skin turns over every 28 days. By preventing the continual accumulation of more and more damage, we allow the skin to heal on its own.”
Ahead, we feature 10 of our favorite moisturizers containing SPF, so you can keep your skin fresh and protected all summer long.
Best Streak-Free Sunscreen: Dermalogica Invisible Physical defense SPF 30
While so many face sunscreens out there tout their sheerness, Dermalogica’s moisturizer was one of the few SPF products we’ve tried that doesn’t leave a visible white cast after applying it. Even better, it includes a proprietary formula that provides protection from blue light (skin-damaging rays from computer and smartphone screens), and reduces redness and dryness.
Best Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin: Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50
Here’s another great SPF moisturizer that leaves a sheer finish. And while sunscreens can be irritating for guys with sensitive skin, we found that using Skinceutical’s sunscreen left us with no breakouts or skin irritations, probably because it’s fragrance free, contains no synthetic preservatives, and is non comedogenic, which is a fancy way of saying this sunscreen won’t clog your pores.
Best for Sunscreen Dry Skin: 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.
Best Affordable Sunscreen: 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 it sweat-wicking properties. And if you’re a frequent outdoor runner, this sunscreen won’t burn your eyes.
Best Sunscreen for Acne-Prone Skin: 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 skincare products for people with special skin conditions, especially acne. This moisturizer feels light, includes skin-evening ingredients like hyaluronic acid, and is non comedogenic.
Other Moisturizers With SPF That We Love
Lab Series Day Rescue Defense Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 35
Winner of our 2019 Grooming Awards for best moisturizer, we love this moisturizer’s combination of sun-protecting abilities and ultra-hydrating properties, and the fact that it doesn’t leave a greasy residue.
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 especially 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 good reason: It doesn’t clog pores, 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.
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