Because they're a must-have seven days a week, 365 days a year
Having one of the best SPF moisturisers to hand is a much bigger deal than you might think.
While the best sun cream is a no-brainer for hot holidays, ultraviolet rays can be damaging on even the cloudiest of days and so moisturisers with SPF are in fact a year-round beauty bag essential.
It may not seem like it in gloomy Great Britain, but even in the winter months you need to be slathering on some level of sun protection to stop your skin from getting damaged. Fact.
Building a base for your make-up is the first step to a great skin day, but also in the long term for preventing the signs of ageing from showing up too early due to sun damage. The best SPF moisturisers are the ones that feature a factor of 30 or 50, to make sure the sun’s rays aren’t wreaking havoc with your skin cells.
Something like Bobbi Brown’s Protective Face Base (which contains an SPF of 50) is lightweight and non-greasy with broad spectrum sun protection, but also provides a silky smooth base to apply your make-up over.
Meanwhile Elemis have recently given their iconic Pro-Collagen Marine Cream an SPF makeover, with the addition of long-lasting, broad spectrum sun protection. Your favourite moisturiser just got a skin protection upgrade.
Keeping you protected from the moment you step out the door, sun protection factors should be the priority at the top of your list for a daily moisturiser, whatever the weather. To find a kick ass SPF day cream that’s been chosen to match your personal skincare needs, visit our sister site Powder today.
Check out our 11 favourite SPF moisturisers, hand-picked for sun protection and anti-ageing properties, and find the best one for your skin type below.
As part of Neutrogena’s new Hydro Boost line, this hydrating lotion will keep your skin in tip top shape wherever you are. Designed to combat all the skincare-related ills and woes of city living, it helps keeps your face moisturised, adds a barrier of protection from pollutants and also has SPF25 – you know, just in case we get the odd sunny day.
Be gone, wrinkles, this bestselling cream can reduce the appearance of fine lines in just 14 days. Combining ginkgo biloba, padina pavonica and other skin-enriching ingredients, it also works harder to ensure you get all the sun protection you need.
We know, we know, technically this isn’t a moisturiser per se, but it’s an incredible SPF base for your skin and Team Marie Claire loves it. Layer it on after your moisturiser for a high level of protection against the sun’s harmful rays, while also prepping your skin for make-up. The best bit? It’s completely non-greasy and smells divine.
Not only does this moisturiser kick major UV butt, it also keeps your skin looking glowy and firm. Vitamin C’s at the core of their formula and its pleasant citrus scent will have you cracking open the bottle more often than you should.
Firming while it protects, the Clarins Extra Firming Day SPF15 Moisturiser acts as a 2-in-1 by lifting and maintaining elasticity as well as acting as a sunscreen.
Dermalogica is fast becoming one of the ‘it’ brands in skincare. Though it may claim a higher price tag than most, the Smart Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF Moisturiser is trusted by the experts as one of the best of the bunch. Harmful rays will find it hard to break the SPF 30 barrier, while the cream itself is light but effective, leaving you with a fresh-looking flush.
Naming Victoria Beckham as one of its biggest fans, Lancer’s Sheer Fluid Sun Sheild gets the celebrity seal of approval. And you can’t argue with VB’s photo-ready finish.
This silky, lightweight moisturiser is truly invisible on your skin, meaning you can wear it under make-up no problem.
The Alpha H Protection Plus Daily Moisturiser is part of the super-sunscreen club, meaning it brings a little something extra to the party. This SPF50 moisturiser contains brightening antioxidant Pycnogenol as well as natural UV-absorbers to protect you against ultraviolet light and repair while they do it.
Worried about your sensitive skin? Trust Skinceuticals’ UV Mineral Defense Cream to create a mattifying, lightweight coverage on your skin without aggravating the skin’s surface. At SPF50, this cream features broad spectrum protection with effective mineral filters.