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Today’s question comes from Tiffany via Twitter; she asks “What are the best moisturizers with SPF?”
This is an excellent question, because truly, is there anything more miraculous than a brilliant moisturizer with sunscreen built in? We’re always looking for multi-tasking makeup, and combining hydration with sun protection is nothing short of fantastic.
And there are so many incredible SPF-containing moisturizers out there! Here are our 5 picks for the very best.
1. CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 30 ($12.99, drugstore.com)
If you’re looking for a lightweight moisturizer that’s really going to hydrate and protect your summertime skin, you want CeraVe AM. A longtime editorial favorite, this impeccably easy moisturizer absorbs like a dream and, because it contains both chemical and physical sunscreens, keeps you protected from UV rays all day. If we were taking one moisturizer with SPF to a desert island, it would be this one for sure.
2. Lancome Bienfait Multi-Vital SPF 30 Cream ($46, sephora.com)
If you have dry skin and are looking for an amazing moisturizer, this is what you want—the fact that it also protects you from the sun is just an amazing added bonus. With a gorgeous fresh scent, Bienfait moisturizes and fights flakes as it protects your gorgeous complexion with SPF 30. We especially love it on our neck, chest and hands—because let’s be real, those places need sun protection too–and, for it being such a rich formula, it never breaks us out. Score!
3. Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 ($32, sephora.com)
What do you get when you combine our favorite natural moisturizer with two natural sunblocks? This amazing product, of course. Containing Argan oil and green tea extract to nourish skin, it also contains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide—so it’s also amazing for sensitive skin. The texture is quite thick, but it absorbs really quickly and doesn’t leave a white ‘cast’ behind on skin. It’s basically amazing.
4. Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 ($12.79, drugstore.com)
Vitamin E makes this a supremely good moisturizer; Neutrogena’s special combination of four chemical sunscreens keep you totally protected from UVA and UVB rays. We love this because it hydrates your skin but doesn’t leave it feeling excessively greasy or gritty. Plus, it makes the perfect smooth base for makeup; if we didn’t know better, we’d swear this had a primer built in.
5. bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream ($29, sephora.com)
If you want your moisturizer to give you some coverage, look no further: this amazingly natural-looking BB is the only product you’ll ever need. Apply a single layer for amazingly sheer, melts-into-your skin complexion perfection, or layer it for full coverage where needed. With SPF 30, this will keep you protected from the sun—and with globe daisy extract, it’s also amazingly hydrating. Bonus: most tinted moisturizers come in a woeful selection of colors; this tinted BB comes in 10 beautiful shades guaranteed to match your complexion perfectly.
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