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Protect and nourish the skin with these moisturizers with SPF

Do you often forget to wear sunscreen when in a rush every morning? Does using sun protection seem like a tedious additional beauty step that you usually end up giving a miss? Looking for a solution that can shorten your morning beauty routine while ensuring adequate sun protection? If yes, it’s time you get your hands on a moisturizer with SPF.

Moisturizers with SPF are basically your everyday moisturizers that double up as sunscreen, owing to the presence of SPF filters in their formulations. They not only hydrate your skin but also protect it from harmful UV rays. They make for a perfect skin care pick not just for people who don’t use SPF at all but also for anyone in general. After all, there’s no such thing as too much sun protection. And while you might be wearing your sunscreen every single day and constantly re-applying it, a little extra SPF does not harm.

Benefits of moisturizers with SPF

A moisturizer with SPF is a hybrid skincare product that combines two of the most important needs of our skin — hydration and sun protection. Besides simplifying our morning skin care routine, it also ensures that our skin reaps all the benefits of a moisturizer and sunscreen in one go. It is also a great option for people who’re always on the go and do not have time for multiple skin care steps. Additionally, if layering different skincare products makes your skin feel greasy and heavily loaded, using a moisturizer with SPF will combine two steps into one and make room for comfort.

How to choose the best moisturizer with SPF

Your search for any skincare product should always begin with assessing your skin type. Using a beauty product that’s not meant for your skin type can have adverse effects on your skin’s health. Furthermore, your moisturizer should have hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid that ensure long-lasting nourishment. Other beneficial components to look for include ceramides, vitamin C, vitamin E, aloe vera and niacinamide. For instance, the St. Botanica Moisturizer is a wholesome blend of essential ingredients that have a great effect on the health of the skin.

The SPF number also matters. If you’re looking to wear your moisturizer with SPF as it is without any additional layer of sunscreen, then look for an SPF that’s 30 or above. Anything below that would require you to top it off with your usual sunscreen. More so, try choosing a product that offers broad-spectrum sun protection against UVA and UVB rays. You can try the Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery Moisturizer as it’s formulated with broad-spectrum SPF 50.

Guide on choosing the best moisturizer for every skin type.

Check out the best moisturizers with SPF for a simplified skin care routine

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The Dermacol Oil Control Moisturizing Lotion by Cetaphil delivers 24-hour hydration, while its MicroPearl mattifying technology controls shine. It also provides broad spectrum SPF 30 sun protection from both types of harmful UV rays.

The moisturizer contains Oleosome technology that uses a lower concentration of sunscreen filters, which reduces irritation and provides more nourishment. Suitable for oily and sensitive skin types, it has a lightweight formula that absorbs quickly into the skin, leaving no greasiness behind.

Rating: 4.1/5

Image: Courtesy Cetaphil


Formulated with niacinamide, glycerin, ceramide-3 and La Roche-Posay prebiotic thermal water, the Toleriane Double Repair Face Moisturizer provides hydration for up to 48 hours. It also repairs the skin’s natural protective barrier and provides broad-spectrum sun protection with SPF 30. It has a refreshing and lightweight texture that feels comfortable on the skin. It is dermatologically tested and is ideal for normal, combination, sensitive and dry skin types.

Rating: 4.6/5

Image: Courtesy La Roche-Posay


The Absolutely Ageless Daily Moisturizer by Aveeno is an anti-ageing skincare product that’s suitable for ageing and sensitive skin. While it infuses your skin with the goodness of vitamins E and C and an exclusive blackberry complex, it protects the skin from UV rays with broad-spectrum SPF 30. It improves skin elasticity, reduces collagen loss and boosts firmness to lend you younger-looking skin. It is hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and dermatologically tested.

Rating: 4.6/5

Image: Courtesy Aveeno


The Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery is a three-in-one daytime moisturizer that aims at hydrating, firming and protecting the skin at one go. It is a medium-weight, emollient moisturizer that’s infused with broad-spectrum SPF 50 to help protect against UVA and UVB rays.

Made with antioxidant white tea and a unique polypeptide that helps in improving the appearance of photoaged skin, it provides hydration that lasts long, helps control signs of ageing and boosts collagen production. It blends into the skin smoothly for a flawless finish.

Rating: 4.3/5

Image: Courtesy Dermalogica


This oil-free moisturizer with SPF by Neutrogena is like a sheer lotion that moisturizes and protects your skin for a softer, smoother and clearer look. Its non-comedogenic and non-greasy formula gets absorbed into the skin instantly, without feeling heavy. It is infused with broad-spectrum SPF 15 that prevents tanning and sun damage and keeps your skin nourished for up to 12 hours. It is hypoallergenic and free from any fragrance and drying alcohol.

Rating: 4.1/5

Image: Courtesy Neutrogena


The CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizer Lotion contains broad-spectrum SPF 30 that shields the skin from harsh UVA and UVB rays. It is also formulated with hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and three essential ceramides to deliver optimum hydration and regulate the skin’s barrier function.

The non-comedogenic product also has its patent MVE technology which ensures efficient ceramide delivery into the skin. It is formulated with InVisibleZinc technology (microfine zinc oxide) that ensures the lotion glides on the skin.

Rating: 4.6/5

Image: Courtesy CeraVe


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Question: Are moisturizers with SPF enough for sun protection?

Answer: If your moisturizer has broad-spectrum SPF 30 or above, it is enough. However, you should still keep reapplying regular sunscreen every two to three hours throughout the day.

Question: How much SPF is good in a moisturizer?

Answer: It is usually recommended to use any broad-spectrum sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 30 or above. Hence, if you intend to use an SPF moisturizer as it is, it should have a minimum of SPF 30. If your moisturizer has an SPF below that, you must layer it up with a regular sunscreen with SPF 30 or above.

Question: When to apply an SPF-infused moisturizer?

Answer: Like any normal day moisturizer, include it in your morning skin care routine to get both nourishment and sun protection. You can layer it on a cleansed and toned face after you’ve applied all the pre-moisturizer serums and essences.

Protect and nourish the skin with these moisturizers with SPF

Divya Arora

With an academic background in Public Relations, Divya has a flair for writing about topics spanning genres like lifestyle, beauty, fashion, travel, FnB, tech and entertainment. She fancies everything that's a wholesome blend of contemporary finery and timelessness. Quirky earrings and tees are her weakness. When not creating content, you will find her devouring food, snuggling in with a book and a cup-a-chai, admiring skies or revisiting Hogwarts.


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