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Putting on sunscreen 365 days a year, cloudy or shine, is very much one of those important things everybody talks about (like flossing) but rarely does. Maybe it’s the way it feels (goopy, greasy, chalky). Maybe it makes you break out. Or maybe you just don’t have time for that extra step. Whatever your excuse, we’ve got you covered with an easy solution: a daily moisturizer with built-in SPF.
We searched the market and rounded up the top moisturizers with SPF for every budget and skin type. Not only do they all provide broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection and a minimum of SPF 30, but they also layer well under makeup and won’t cause breakouts. So, whether you’re looking for something anti-aging, super hydrating or tinted, one thing is certain: you’ll love putting them on.
Here are our picks of the best moisturizers with SPF.
Dermatologists and beauty editors alike are obsessed with this French pharmacy favorite—and with good reason. This oil-free, non-comedogenic moisturizer is formulated with ceramide-3, niacinamide, and glycerin, plus the brand's prebiotic thermal water—a combination that both hydrates the skin and helps restore its natural barrier. Of course, this product is also a broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen, ensuring protection from both UVA and UVB rays.
For a super low price, this broad-spectrum SPF 30 moisturizer from Aveeno protects your skin from UVA and UVB rays as well as evens out its tone and texture. Its formula is lightweight, oil-free, non-comedogenic, and hypoallergic—plus, it contains the brand's Total Soy Complex, which incorporates soybeans in a way that reduces discoloration to benefit your skin both immediately and over time.
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient required for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of the body, including the skin, but we cannot produce it on our own. For the skin, it helps to boost collagen, lighten discoloration, and fight free radicals.
When using a product formulated to fight hyperpigmentation, it's super important to use sun protection. This affordable moisturizer is the ultimate 2-in-1with Vitamin C to fade dark marks and SPF 30 to prevent new sun damage. The gentle, restorative formula is also a crowd favorite for its antioxidant qualities, and users also rave that it plays nice under makeup.
Got sensitive skin? Olay Complete Lotion Moisturizer with SPF 30 Sensitive has your name on it. This gentle, oil- and fragrance-free moisturizer hydrates and calms easily-irritated skin while protecting it from the sun. The white lotion has zinc oxide for gentle mineral protection, plus other skin-coddling ingredients including vitamin E and aloe extract. It has a surprisingly lightweight texture and rubs in easily without irritation.
Glycerin is a naturally occurring compound in the body; in topical skincare, it is derived from plants. It functions to draw water to the skin and continue hydrating it, making it a great ingredient for extreme dryness.
Supergoop Superscreen Daily Moisturizer SPF 40 is like a big gulp of H20 for thirsty skin. This little jar helps hydrate and nourish dry complexions with a rich blend of moisturizers and antioxidants—glycerin, blue-green algae, and safflower extract, to name a few. And, in addition to protecting your face from UVA and UVB rays, it shields skin from pesky blue light and pollution. The unique whipped texture feels bouncy to the touch and doesn’t feel heavy or greasy at all.
If you have combination skin, look no further than this daily moisturizer from Paula's Choice—its water-light texture is built to leave you with a matte finish all day. Broad-spectrum SPF 50 protection shields you from UV rays, while its antioxidant-rich formula—including grape seed extract and black elderberry extract—fights signs of premature aging and chamomile extract calms inflammation. Just apply it as the last step in your morning skincare routine and you're good to go.
Zinc is an essential mineral that is needed for numerous healthy bodily functions, including boosting the immune system, healing wounds, and assisting in DNA/protein synthesis and growth. Applied topically, it's shown to aid in wound healing and regeneration, as well as protect the skin by deflecting UV rays.
Not everyone needs a rich, buttery moisturizer. If your skin is oily and/or acne-prone, you need something oil-free and lightweight that won’t clog pores or make skin feel greasy. Cetaphil PRO Oil Absorbing Moisturizer SPF 30 checks all those boxes—and more. The ultralight lotion has allantoin and licorice root extract to soothe irritated, acne-prone skin, while ceramides provide the perfect amount of hydration that oily skin needs. And thanks to silica and zinc, it actually sops up excess oil like a sponge and keeps shine under control. The white lotion looks chalky but is surprisingly lightweight, leaving nothing but a soft, matte finish behind.
Looking to smooth fine lines and wrinkles? This rich, medium-weight moisturizer from Dermalogica can help. Its formula is packed with antioxidants and polyphenols—which help prevent free radical damage and signs of premature aging—and includes a unique polypeptide to stimulate collagen production and reinforce the skin barrier. Also, with an SPF of 50, it delivers broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays. A bonus? it also works well as a makeup primer.
It's not always obvious to think of tinted moisturizer as lightweight, but this option from bareMinerals definitely fits the bill. Its gel-cream hybrid formula feels cool and refreshing upon application and is packed with hydrating squalene, marine botanicals, and mineral electrolytes. And, because it's SPF 30, it checks off three boxes—makeup, skincare, and sun protection—at once. Plus, it's available in 20 shades to accommodate a wide range of skin tones. In other words, sign us up.
This dermatologist-developed moisturizer was formulated with dark skin in mind, but it's a great choice for anyone prone to dark marks and discoloration. It goes on lightweight without any greasy residue and absorbs quickly to promote an even skin tone. We also love that it offers a subtle, glitter-free shine with light-refracting illuminizers, so you can enjoy an effortless glow.
If you’re looking for a tinted moisturizer with serious SPF, go with this award-winning CC cream. Developed with plastic surgeons and dermatologists, IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ provides flawless coverage and broad-spectrum mineral sun protection and pretty much does it all. It smooths, hydrates, protects, brightens and blurs away the look of fine lines, wrinkles, pores, and blemishes thanks to a blend of anti-aging ingredients.
This multi-tasking overachiever is great for all skin types—including acne-prone and sensitive—and now comes in 12 shades, from Fair to Deep. The creamy formula is quite pigmented, so start with a less than what you think you need: a quarter of a pea-size amount or less. You can always build up to your desired coverage.
We know it's a tall order finding a moisturizer with SPF that also holds up during an outdoor workout or a day at the beach—but that's where this mineral formula from SPF Rx comes in. It boasts broad-spectrum SPF 50 protection and is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes—score. Plus, its formula delivers massive hydration, with a blend of hyaluronic acid and pure ceramides, and it doesn't leave a white residue upon application, which is always a major plus.
You know by now to put on sun protection every morning, but did you know reapplying your SPF throughout the day is equally important? If you’re worried about messing up your makeup during a midday SPF touchup, we got you. Pixi Sun Mist is a hydrating face mist with built-in SPF 30. The ultrafine mist dries down clear and won’t cause makeup to smear or run, so it’s perfect to use throughout the day. Bonus: It’s packed with antioxidants and botanical extracts, including chamomile and bamboo extracts, to ward off free-radical damage.
Here are two things we know to be true: Chilly weather can zap moisture from your skin, and also, SPF is still super important in cold temperatures. Here at Byrdie HQ, we love this broad-spectrum, SPF 30 formula from Kiehl's because it goes above and beyond, delivering sun protection and keeping you moisturized no matter the weather. The secret lies in ingredients like squalane and fountain plant, which keep moisture locked in, and antarcticine, a glycoprotein said to withstand cold temperatures especially well.
Powered by probiotics and wild butterfly ginger root, this non-greasy formula strengthens the skin barrier and protects against pollution and blue light. With no white caste in sight, you can count on this reef-safe SPF to promote an even skin tone without clogging your pores. Ideal for dry, normal, and combination skin types.
Although using a moisturizer with SPF can help protect your skin, most dermatologists agree that a moisturizer with SPF isn't enough for all-day coverage. It's recommended that you reapply every two hours, as well after sweating or swimming—though another option to consider is layering a moisturizer underneath a sunscreen, and reapplying that sunscreen throughout the day.