Though we know that SPF is probably the single most important step in our skincare routine (sun-protection is everything, people), over the years we've had some serious gripes with our SPFs, moisturizers, and other protection-infused products. Namely: a not-cute chalky white residue, poor absorbency and blendability, oiliness, need we go on? And to be honest, various moisturizers with SPF have been some of the worst offenders—not good.
Fortunately, makeup and skincare brands are becoming increasingly adept at formulating damage-discouraging products that not only protect our precious complexions from the scary repercussions of sun exposure but from the aforementioned symptoms as well.
Did you hear that? That was us breathing a huge side of relief. And since sun protection is just as important during the winter months, we decided to help a girl out and break down a few of the best moisturizers with SPF we rely on daily to gift skin with luminosity, sun-protection, and overall health.
Keep reading for seven of the best moisturizers with SPF as told by super nitpicky Byrdie editors.
"I love how this formula from Renée Rouleau is a physical sunscreen yet feels incredibly light and hydrating—in other words, you'll never get that chalky white residue. It leaves behind a beautiful velvety finish and makes foundation glide on so smoothly. I also love that Renée added extra skin-benefiting ingredients like green tea and licorice to encourage brightness and tone." — Faith Xue, editorial director
"This moisturizer with SPF has been a go-to of mine for years. It's hydrating but never leaves my face greasy, and I always trust that it's giving me the most effective sun blockage, thanks to its super-legit ingredient list. It's got 7.5% organic octinoxate, 7% micronized zinc, and 5% organic octisalate for protection, plus green tea and licorice extract, which are soothing and anti-inflammatory. Plus, at a $39 price point, it's more affordable than a lot of other high-end sunscreens." — Amanda Montell, associate features editor
"I try to be as diligent as possible about my SPF usage (especially since I live in sunny L.A.), but as someone who is also obsessive about what I put on my skin, I have pretty high standards: I'm not cool with greasy or tacky formulas that I can feel clogging my pores—and I will never see body and face sunscreen as interchangeable for that reason. I really love Tatcha's Silken Pore Perfecting SPF. It has the feel of a moisturizer and a primer with a super-velvety finish. It's lightweight enough that I wouldn't feel gross layering it with foundation, but the crazy thing is that I never need to anyway.
The texture of this formula blurs imperfections in a way that gives my skin an airbrushed finish without the help of any additional coverage whatsoever. It's a worthy investment, for sure." — Victoria Hoff, wellness editor
"Oftentimes, the trouble with SPF is that it breaks you out. No more, as Differin, the brand behind the once-prescription-only retinoid acne cream just launched an oil-control moisturizer with sunscreen that actually absorbs excess oil and can be used in conjunction with your trusty Differin Adapalene Gel ($12). It's also perfect for wearing underneath foundation as your makeup won't slide around throughout the day." — Lindsey Metrus, managing editor
"Though I *also* am a devout fan of Renée Rouleau's cult-loved SPF described above, this moisturizer by Bliss has been my go-to for years. In fact, I'm so dependent on its luminous SPF-infused perfection, I'm not quite sure what I'd do if the brand ever stops making it. I realize that the SPF could be a bit higher, but honestly, I'm so addicted to the hydrating, radiance-enhancing finish, I don't even care. Enriched with skin-loving ingredients like vitamins A and E, olive oil, hyaluronic acid, peptides, and all the antioxidants, it's constantly refueling my skin with much-needed nutrition, looks fabulous on its own on no-makeup days, and works as the ultimate canvas for makeup.
After trying primer after moisturizer after primer after moisturizer (and yes, I meant to say that twice), it's the only product I swear by to preface my foundation application—the glow is uncanny." — Erin Jahns, assistant editor
"I couldn't be more in love with this little bottle of goodness. Vera Bella has found a way to seamlessly work SPF into the most calming, soothing, cooling moisturizer I've ever applied to my face. It smells like cucumbers, protects your skin from UVA/UVB rays, and instantly refreshes tired skin. It's not too active, too thick, or too greasy. It's just a nice, light, spa-like formula that gets the job done. If you haven't tried it, you should." — Hallie Gould, senior editor
"Bless my extremely dry skin that has forced me to rely on heavy-duty moisturizers my whole life to quench its thirst. I know the importance of incorporating SPF into my skincare routine, which is why my inner lazy girl is attracted to moisturizers that'll leave my skin feeling silky smooth and also has me covered with SPF—a win-win. The antarcticine and fountain plant extracts found in this creamy moisturizer keeps my glow on 10 all day and are gentle enough to not irritate my sensitive skin." — Maya Allen, assistant editor
"This is definitely one of the best moisturizers with SPF I've tried. I love this one by BareMinerals because it gives my skin a boost of hydration without making me look too oily, which can be hard to find when it comes to an SPF-infused moisturizer. Plus, it has some tint and boasts amazing coverage. This is the product I turn to for daily use instead of foundation." — Audrey Noble, associate editor