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No matter where you live or what time of year it is, wearing SPF every day is crucial—even in the winter, and yes, even if you spend 98% of your day inside. A good moisturizer with SPF makes it easy to practice safe sun, and there are tons of affordable drugstore options on the market for all skin tones and types. If you don't have one you love, we're here to help.
Read on for a rundown of the best drugstore moisturizers with SPF.
CeraVe has been a drugstore staple (not to mention a favorite among dermatologists) since its launch in 2006. It's no wonder, then, that in terms of drugstore moisturizers with SPF, you can't do much better than this one. Formulated with three time-release ceramides, this facial moisturizer protects and hydrates skin all day. Its broad-spectrum SPF 30 sun protection contains InVisibleZinc technology, meaning the super-fine zinc formula spreads easily without leaving a white cast. It's also non-comedogenic, meaning it shouldn't clog pores and cause breakouts.
For a reliable, hydrating moisturizer with sun protection that doesn't break the bank, reach for this Eucerin face lotion. The extra-gentle, quick-absorbing, fragrance-free formula is ideal for sensitive skin, and it provides 24-hour hydration without feeling greasy. It's also non-comedogenic and light enough for everyday wear, both on its own or under makeup. Most importantly, this dermatologist-recommended product has zinc and titanium dioxide for broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection.
If you've got dry skin, give this Neutrogena moisturizer a go. Its lightweight, non-greasy formula contains glycerin and other skin-softening ingredients to help smooth rough, dry skin and keep it moisturized for 12 hours—and, with broad-spectrum SPF 35, it shields your skin from sun damage and premature aging. It's also hypoallergenic and free of alcohol, dyes, and fragrances.
Cetaphil is another drugstore mainstay, but we love the brand's DermaControl moisturizer for anyone with oily skin. Its four-in-one formula works to hydrate the skin, reduce shine, and provide sun protection, all while keeping oil under control. The hero ingredient is the brand's Micropearl technology, which helps create a matte finish without overdrying or irritating the skin—an ideal feature for anyone with oily skin (and dry skin, too).
Speaking of dry, oily complexions, our top pick for combination skin is Burt's Bees Day Lotion with Royal Jelly SPF 15. As the name suggests, it contains royal jelly (an all-natural secretion from honey bees), which nourishes and hydrates the skin while providing a healthy glow. This daytime moisturizer offers SPF 15 sun protection and skin-friendly vitamins A, E, and B2—all without any parabens, phthalates, or petrolatum. All in all, Burt's Bees Day Lotion with Royal Jelly SPF 15 is an excellent choice for achieving balanced skin that's neither greasy nor overly matte.
Differin used to be a prescription-only product, but to the relief of many, it's now sold over the counter in the U.S. If you have acne-prone skin, stock up on the brand's Oil Absorbing Moisturizer with Sunscreen. It offers much-needed hydration and broad-spectrum SPF 30 protection against UVA and UVB rays while working to reduce oil and shine. This drugstore moisturizer is made for those with oily skin, but it's suitable for all skin types. The oil-free, fragrance-free, hypoallergenic, and non-comedogenic formula is gentle on sensitive skin. While it doesn't have adapalene (the retinoid in Differin Gel), it does contain allantoin, which helps generate skin turnover—plus, it pairs well with most prescription and over-the-counter acne treatments.
If you've got sensitive skin, we recommend Olay Complete Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen. The gentle formula is lightweight and contains vitamin E and aloe to help protect the skin from free radicals throughout the day. It's also fragrance-free and has SolaSheer Sensitive Technology to provide eight hours of non-irritating hydration. In terms of sun protection, this moisturizer contains zinc oxide for broad-spectrum SPF 15 protection.
Unlike chemical formulas, mineral sunscreens (AKA physical sunscreens) offer instant protection from UVA and UVA rays. CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen with broad-spectrum SPF 50 shields the skin from harmful rays with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. It also contains three moisture-locking ceramides, which help revitalize your skin's natural barrier and keep it hydrated for hours. This moisturizing facial sunscreen is non-irritating and suitable for all skin types. It doesn't have any oils, parabens, fragrance, or oxybenzone—the latter of which makes it Hawaii-compliant.
Sunscreen is one of the best defenses against hyperpigmentation, but Bolden Brightening Moisturizer SPF 30 takes it a step further. It contains Vitamin C, a complexion-brightening antioxidant that can reduce hyperpigmentation, dark spots, sun spots, age spots, and other signs of sun damage. With melanin-rich complexions in mind, this moisturizer dries clear without any white residue. It's suitable for oily, dry, combination, and sensitive skin types, offering all-day hydration and balance. And the smooth, skin-firming formula can be worn on its own or under makeup.
Black Girl Sunscreen is a lightweight lotion made for people of color by people of color. It has broad-spectrum SPF 30 to protect the skin from sun damage without leaving a white residue—plus, it doubles as a nourishing moisturizer. This sheer cream is filled with natural ingredients, like avocado oil, jojoba oil, cocoa butter, carrot juice, and sunflower oil. The formulation dries clear and is gentle enough for everyday use while helping to soothe, moisturize, and heal the skin.
For those trying to combat redness, we suggest Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer Sunscreen. It's formulated to instantly soothe and calm irritated, sensitive skin while providing all-day hydration and SPF 15 sun protection. And after one week of use, it can visibly reduce redness on your face, neck, and chest. This dermatologist-tested facial lotion contains feverfew and oat, both of which are clinically proven to calm and nourish sensitive skin. It's hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, lightweight, and gentle enough for daily use.
If you're looking to improve the appearance of fine lines or prevent premature signs of aging, check out this No7 moisturizer. Recommended by Byrdie senior editor Hallie Gould, this ultra-rich cream smoothes the complexion while firming the skin—thanks in part to the brand's Matrixyl 3000 technology, which contains powerful peptides to help reduce the look of wrinkles and protect skin from sun damage and other environmental stressors. After two weeks of use, this facial cream can provide a refreshed, healthy-looking glow.