Most of us know that SPF is easily the most important thing any of us can do for our skin. The reason is simple. "The sun is the ultimate ager," dermatologist Dr. Shari Marchbein explains. And while it's easy to think SPF is only for sunny summer days spent on the beach, that's most definitely not the case. "UV rays are able to penetrate through clouds and windows, so no matter what the weather is like outside, and before you spend your money on antioxidant serums and retinoids to improve the tone and texture of your skin, the most important and first step in any skincare routine is diligent daily sun protection," says Dr. Marchbein explaining that, being diligent with SPF application "is the key to prevent skin cancers, wrinkles and reduce the appearance of brown spots."
On the other hand, most of us need less, not more steps for our get-out-the-door morning routines. That's why we sourced the best moisturizers with SPF that do more than just protect from the sun because #multitasking. These are high-tech formulas infused with antioxidants, hydrators, and other potent anti-aging ingredients. And there's something for everyone. Find your perfect match below.
This clean formula is a cult-favorite for good reason. It uses 12% zinc oxide for sun protection, but works just as well as a true day cream thanks to antioxidant-rich herbal extracts like rosehip, dandelion, and green tea.
Especially if you don't look forward to your morning SPF application, this luxe formula is for you. It's a truly lightweight, silky emulsion that contains the brand's 'Skin-Empowering Illuminator' which helps defend skin against stressors.
A true multitasker, this daily moisturizer not only protects with a solid SPF 30 but also helps lift and firm skin. KURENAI-TruLift Complex with Benibana flower helps strengthen the skin, and VP8, a blend of 5 antioxidant ingredients helps protect skin. In clinical studies, 89% of users found skin looked brighter after eight weeks, too.
This super hydrating cream feels like any other, but it packs a punch with SPF 40. Cerium, a rare mineral element reflects and shields skin from blue light while blue green algae contains naturally occurring moisturizers and antioxidants.
Elta is a universal favorite among dermatologists and this hydrating formula is no exception. It's got high protection (SPF 44) from zinc oxide, and hyaluronic acid so skin gets necessary hydration too.
In addition to SPF 30, this brightening day cream really has just about everything you want in your morning skincare routine. It features vitamin C ester which smoothes, brightens, and helps to minimize discoloration over time. Alpha lipoic acid reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
This lightweight day cream is a perfect year-round option. In addition to SPF 23, a cocktail of blueberry and edelweiss extract, and Vitamins C and E work together to promote elasticity, and brighten skin.
At the top of our list of "sunscreens that don't feel like sunscreens" is this elegant Elemis day cream with SPF 30. Padina pavonica (an algae) firms, and gingko biloba improves skin's elasticity.
This daily moisturizer features zinc oxide plus a bevy of antioxidants to fight pollution and block blue light. Sacred lotus, white peony, and jasmine soothe and soften skin, and support moisture retention.
This L'oreal SPF 30 day cream pulls out all the stops with the additions of hyaluronic acid, pro-retinol (aka retinyl palmitate), and Vitamin C, all of which work together to brighten, protect, and firm.
Proper sun protection need not come at the cost of skin hydration. This broad-spectrum SPF 30 keeps skin hydrated with the addition of essential fatty acids, while a proprietary technology, RepleniCell™, attracts water, binds it to the skin, and helps skin retain it.
This derm-developed day cream uses zinc oxide for mineral sun protection and combines it with apple stem cells which fight free radicals and help improve the appearance of fine lines.
You probably already know the famous Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour cream—this one adds broad spectrum SPF 35 to its list of benefits. It also protects against pollution, blue light, and infrared, all while keeping skin hydrated, fighting free radical damage, and controlling excess oil. Best of all, it goes on like a clear gel so you never have to worry about a white cast.
Looking to reduce dark spots? This soothing, oil-free formula not only works to protect skin from the sun, but also to break apart and exfoliate away surface dark spots.