SPF moisturisers are a must-have. You may not be able to see their work every day, but they work much harder than you think. Find the best SPF moisturiser for you here.
Having one of the best SPF moisturisers to hand is a much bigger deal than you might think. You may be starting to think about stocking up on the best sun cream for your summer holidays, but ultraviolet rays can be damaging on even the cloudiest of days, and so moisturisers with SPF are a year-round beauty bag essential.
That’s right, it may not seem like it but even in the winter months you need to be slathering on some 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 as a result of 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.
As well as moisturisers, some of the best primer choices on the market also contain SPFs of 30 or 50 (to keep your skin protected against ageing effects of the environment), and are a must-have before you apply your best foundation. 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.
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 top 10 SPF moisturisers, hand-picked for sun protection and anti-ageing properties, and find the best one for your skin type below.
Begone wrinkles, this bestselling cream claims to reduce 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.
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.
With a mood-boosting grapefruit scent that instantly lifts your spirits, this light-weight defense cream is hard to beat for its zingy spring feel. And it works wonders on your skin with the likes of firming birch extract, nourishing soybean oil and skin-plumping Vitamin E weaving their magic. A spring must-have.
This silky, lightweight moisturiser is truly invisible on your skin, meaning you can wear it under make-up no problem.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For a lightweight make-up base with maximum sun protection, look no further than the Daywear UV Base by Estée Lauder.
Worried about your sensitive skin? Trust the Skinceuticals UV Mineral Defense Cream to create a mattifying, lightweight coverage on your skin without aggrivating the skin’s surface. At SPF50, this cream features broad spectrum protection with effective mineral filters.
Clinique are one of our first ports of call when it comes to skincare, and SPF is no exception. This moisturiser will protect your face from the sun’s damage nicely.