No matter what the season is, protecting your skin from the sun is arguably the most important thing you should do. The best way to do that? By investing in some of the best men’s moisturizers with SPF. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, using an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 30 can significantly protect your skin from the sun’s UVB rays that cause skin cancer later in life. Another seemingly superficial (but also major) benefit: A 2016 study from Johnson and Johnson’s Skin Research Center found that about half of the participants who used a daily moisturizer containing SPF saw improvements in the appearance of their sun spots, while 41% of them said they saw their skin clear up after a year of use.
Ahead, we feature 11 of our favorite moisturizers containing SPF so you can keep your skin fresh and protected all year long.
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.
Here’s another great SPF moisturizer that leaves a sheer finish. While sunscreens can be irritating for guys with sensitive skin, we discovered 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. Basically, use this if you’re still confused, as it has the best skincare ingredients.
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.
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.
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.
Lab Series Day Rescue Defense Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 35
Winner of our 2019 Grooming Awards for best moisturizer, this moisturizer provides a combination of sun-protecting abilities and ultra-hydrating properties that we love, plus 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 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 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.
Cardon Men’s Face Moisturizer SPF 30
This award-winning lightweight sunscreen provides intense hydration as well as sun protection. It’s also water based, making it suitable for all skin types!
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