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. If there’s daylight – wear an SPF.
The best spf moisturisers will be SPF 30 or 50, to make sure the sun’s rays aren’t wreaking havoc with your skin cells. The higher the SPF the better at fighting the signs of ageing.
If you’re 100% dedicated to your current moisturiser, which doesn’t have an SPF in it, then you could invest in a UV defender. Yes it’s an extra step in your skincare routine, but if you find a good one, like Chanel’s UV Essentiel Multi-Protection Defender UV SPF50 or Skinceuticals Sheer Mineral UV Defense SPF50, then it won’t feel like a chore.
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.
On our list you’ll find Elemis’ iconic Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, now with an SPF. Your favourite moisturiser just got a skin protection upgrade. And keep an eye out for Dr Lancer’s Sun Shield Fluid, which Victoria Beckham recently revealed is her go-to SPF.
Check out our favourite SPF moisturisers, hand-picked for sun protection and anti-ageing properties, and find the best one for your skin type below.
This SPF moisturiser goes a step further than the rest, providing very light coverage to mask pesky blemishes while giving your skin the hit of elasticity it craves.
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.
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 is a mega moisturiser. Because not only will it protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun’s rays, but it also has a blurring effect, boosts radiance and will leave skin feeling so silky smooth you’ll constantly want to touch it. But don’t. That’s a bit skin no-no.
If you wake up in the morning and your skin is duller than the Shipping Forecast then you need this in your life. It contains vitamin C, which will take your skin from meh to marvellous in no time. Plus it’s packed full of anti-aging goodness, so a good one if you’re worried about fine lines.
Oh we couldn’t not include a bit of La Mer could we? If you’re a sucker for their original moisturisers, never fear for their SPF version also has tonnes of their Miracle Broth.
If you don’t light a heavy day cream then this is the option for you. It’s lightweight and sinks in really quickly. As a result it works particularly well under makeup.
If you’ve got oily skin or are plagued by spots, then Kiehl’s oil free offering is a good option. It won’t sit on your skin, so won’t feel cloying at all. It also helps to reduce the appearance of dark spots.