Best moisturisers with SPF for all skin types

Ellie Davis
·7-min read
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No matter the weather, the time of year or the time of day, we should all be wearing SPF. We all know we should, but why don’t we?

Where there is daylight, there is a need to protect your skin from the harmful effects of UVA and UVB rays that can cause hyperpigmentation, skin ageing and many more concerns. Clouds or pollution do not filter UV rays.

But if you’re anything like us, and the thought of adding yet another element to your already extensive 12 step skincare routine fills you with dread, then you may want to consider doubling down on your moisturiser and opting for a product that contains SPF.

These multitasking products may not be sufficient coverage for sunbathing but they are ideal for everyday when you are out and about and on the go. They provide the perfect antidote to the thick, chalky-white and arduous SPF formulas of time gone by. Innovations in suncare technology has led to formulas that can be easily applied, are non-greasy and sit virtually undetected under your makeup.

While protecting your skin from damaging sun rays, they also get to work nourishing and hydrating your skin with non-comedogenic formulas so they will not cause you to breakout. Apply liberally to your face and neck to maximise the protection.

See our pick of the best moisturisers with SPF.

SkinCeuticals Mineral Radiance UV Defense SPF 50 50ml

This scientifically-backed product is a lightweight cream that sits seamlessly and invisibly on the skin to enhance your skin’s natural radiance while protecting it from the harmful effects of the sun.

Whether you have normal, dry, combination or sensitive skin, you can apply this high-factored formulation every day to shield from UVA and UVB rays. It is free from chemicals with a mineral makeup that works by absorbing into the skin and deflecting the rays. The product is also water-resistant.

£41 | Skinceuticals

Defense Moisturiser SPF 30

Paula’s Choice has revamped its collection with a range of moisturisers with SPF to suit all types of skin concerns. This particular product has earned its place in our list for its powerful blend of defensive ingredients that protect your skin from external aggressors like pollution, blue light and UV rays while also leaving you with a glowy and hydrated complexion.

The mineral sun filters come from plant-based and antioxidant-packed vitamins that are combined with the likes of liquorice and resveratrol to improve skin’s tone and the appearance of dark spots. It can even be used on oily skin types to give a subtle radiance without accentuating it further and acts as a perfect prep for makeup.

£30 | Paula’s Choice

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Sun Defense For Face Spf 50

Elizabeth Arden’s game-changing Eight Hour formulation has long been a go-to solve for a whole host of skin concerns and is now combined with a high SPF 50 to shield from the damaging effects of UV rays.

The product is non-greasy and lightweight to create a veil on your skin with a matte finish and without leaving a nasty residue. It hydrates and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth while preventing sunburn, skin damage and premature ageing from occurring.

£26 | LookFantastic

Eve Lom Daily Protection + SPF 50

Made up of six scientific suncreams, this powerhouse product is packed with nourishing ingredients that work in tandem to brighten and even out your skin tone, reduce the appearance of pigmentation and most importantly, shield your skin from UVA and UVB rays. The high SPF 50 also protects against external aggressors like pollution.

The formula is combined with Vitamin C to leave you looking radiant and glowing with lactic acid to eliminate impurities. It is free from zinc and titanium dioxide but contains niacinamide to boost collagen production. It is a lightweight formula but has a powerful protective effect.

£70 | LookFantastic

Sarah Chapman Skin Insurance SPF 30

Celebrity facialist Sarah Chapman has created Skin Insurance to deflect the damage caused by UVA and UVB rays while treating your skin to the powerful and defensive effects of antioxidants. The broad-spectrum SPF 30 cream is formulated with innovative stem cell technology and free radical fighting ingredients to leave your skin soft, smooth, radiant and protected.

For all skin types, it can be easily applied to the skin with feeling like it has been overloaded. The product is quick-drying and doesn’t leave behind streaky residue. It contains an adaptive tint that helps to even out your complexion.

£52 | Harvey Nichols

Origins A Perfect World Age-Defence Moisturiser SPF 40 with White Tea

This ultra-nourishing formula from Origins contains the powerhouse combination of antioxidant-rich white tea, edelweiss and white birch that feels soft and soothing on application.

It creates an effective shield against the damaging effects of environmental aggressors and pollution that can lead to premature ageing. It doesn’t feel greasy and has a pleasant fragrance, getting to work straight away to hydrate your skin.

£32.85 | John Lewis

Clinique Superdefense Daily Defense SPF Moisturizer

The Superdefense Moisturiser should be used each morning to support the skin’s barrier and both combat and repair sun damage or signs of ageing caused by external environmental aggressors.

It has a gel consistency that absorbs into skin to leave you with a brighter and radiant complexion. The formula gives 12 hours of defence while helping to combat fine lines, wrinkles, dullness and uneven skin tones.

£37.80 | Boots

Avene Hydrating Emulsion SPF30

Designed for sensitive skin, the Avene hydrating cream is a no-frills way to protect your skin from premature ageing with a quickly-absorbing and calming formula. It contains the brand's signature Thermal Spring Water for soothing with a combination of protective factors that shields against polution and UV-related damage.

For normal to combination skin, apply after cleansing for a light, smooth veil with a mattifying effect. The cream also doubles up as a base before makeup that absorbs excess oil without clogging pores.

£12.38 | LookFantastic

Photo-Brightening Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30

This oil-free moisturiser is composed of Alpha Lipoic Acid to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, antioxidant-rich Vitamin C Ester to boost collagen and a mineral-based sunscreen to hydrating skin while protecting from UVA and UVB rays and leave you looking smoother and brighter.

The formula has a silky texture that is weightless and non-sticky.

£59 | FeelUnique

Essential-C Day Moisture SPF 30

A tried and tested beauty favourite, the Murad Essential-C Day SPF citrus-scented formula provides broad spectrum sun protection alongside all day hydration.

The moisturiser protects while also making your skin tone appear more even, firmer, and brighter.

£65 | Murad

Shiseido Essential Energy Day Cream SPF 20

Combining science and skincare, Japanese label Shiseido has designed this moisturiser with trademarked technology to reboot skin by making it more responsive to your beauty regime.

This allows you face to lock in moisture, thereby counteracting dryness and leaving you looking and feeling hydrated and smooth. The formula is designed for all skin types and is paraben-free.

£54.90 | FeelUnique

Super Restorative Day Cream SPF20

For all skin types, this intensive cream from Clarins is specially designer for women over 50 due to its anti-ageing properties. It works to reduce the appearance of wrinkles as well as nourish and pump skin. Apply with light pressing motions all over your face and neck.

£75 | Clarins

Pro-Collagen Marine Cream SPF 30

Combine two important steps in your skincare routine with the Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream.

The hero product works to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with a lightweight and quickly-absorbing formula that also offers broad spectrum protection.

A small amount goes long way with this luxurious product.

£87 | Elemis

Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 30

The Kiehl’s SPF moiturises is perfect for everyday use. The cream is lightweight and readily absorbed so it doesn’t feel like you are overloaded with product. It glides on to leave your skin feeling nourish and soft.

£26 | Kiehl’s

Day Solution Cream SPF15

From organic and natural skincare label Green People, the Day Solution Cream is a gentle approach to hydrating skin with the added bonus of UV protection.

The alcohol-free composition is nourishing and non-greasy, composed of Aloe Vera, Hemp, Jojoba, Green Tea and Chamomile. It also has a lovely floral Rose Geranium scent.

£22 | Green People

Verdict:

For high-factored and broad-spectrum protection, SkinCeuticals has got it spot on with its Mineral Radiance UV Defense. It has SPF 50 to shield your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays while also enhancing your skin tone. It can be applied to all skin types including sensitive for a glowy finish and is free from harsh chemicals and parabens.

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