Good News: These 16 SPF Moisturisers Allow You to Totally Streamline Your Skincare Routine

If you're the sort of person who struggles to keep up a decent skincare routine because you lack the energy, I hear you. In fact, I have to give myself a mental pep talk every night before I shuffle to the bathroom, bleary-eyed, to remove my makeup before I fall asleep. But the good news is that after many years of absorbing skincare information from experts, I have learned that there are shortcuts that can be taken to make your routine less daunting and maintain healthy, glowing skin while you're at it.

Forget 10-step routines. There's little need for any more than two or three steps in your morning and nighttime skincare regimens. These steps are comprised of what I like to call non-negotiables—consider them the core foundations for healthy skin. These non-negotiables are made up of three camps: cleansing, hydration and protection. While cleansing really does require its own step, what you apply to your skin after you cleanse can always be streamlined—particularly when it comes to moisturiser (hydration) and SPF (protection).

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But before we go any further, I want you to listen very carefully: Using a moisturiser or a foundation that merely lists SPF as an ingredient does not tick that "protection" box. In order to protect your skin from damaging UV rays, it is imperative that you apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen. This means the product protects skin against skin-ageing UVA rays (this is typically illustrated by a "PA+++" or a star rating) and skin-burning UVB rays (illustrated by an SPF rating). The reason for this serious caveat is that in order to truly give your skin the protection it requires, a product has to contain a hefty amount of those all-important UV-blocking ingredients. Dermatologists recommend applying a half-teaspoon of SPF to the face in order to guarantee the level of protection on the bottle—if you're relying on a tinted moisturiser or foundation for such coverage, I'd bet my hat that you're not applying nearly enough.

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What's the best advice a dermatologist ever gave me? Instead of shopping for moisturisers that have SPF credentials, look for SPFs that have moisturising credentials. Trust me—facial SPF formulas have come on leaps and bounds in recent years, with most good formulas providing just as much hydration and moisture as your standard day cream. If you want to only apply one product to your face in the morning post-cleanse, can the standard day cream and reach for a moisturising SPF instead. While these products might sit on SPF shelves in stores, trust me when I say they're far closer to truly great moisturisers—and they deliver next-level sun protection while they work.

So if you're looking to save some time in the morning, keep scrolling to shop the best moisturisers with actual SPF protection for all skin types.

See the Best Moisturisers With SPF:

1. Best Budget SPF: CeraVe A.M. Facial Moisturising Lotion SPF 50
2. Best for Dry Skin: Templespa Line Defence SPF 50
3. Best for Oily Skin: Beauty Pie Featherlight SPF 50 Sunscreen + Primer
4. Best Luxury SPF: Dr Barbara Sturm Sun Drops SPF 50
5. Best for a Dewy Finish: La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Aquagel SPF 30
6. Best for Under Makeup: Clé de Peau Beauté UV Protective Cream
7. Best for Dark Spots: La Roche-Posay Anthelios Age Correct SPF 50+ Sun Cream
8. Best for Added Protection: Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream SPF 30
9. Best for Blurring: Supergoop! Glowscreen SPF 30
10. Best Overall: The Body Shop Multi- Protection Light Essence SPF 50 PA +++
11. Best Lighweight SPF: Thank You Farmer Sun Project Light Sun Essence SPF 50
12. Best for Glow: E.l.f. Suntouchable! Whoa Glow SPF 30
13. Best for Mature Skin: L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Filler + Hyaluronic Acid Anti Ageing Anti-Wrinkle SPF 50 Replumping Day Cream
14. Best for Matte Finish: Medik8 Advanced Day Ultimate Protect™ SPF 50+ PA++++
15. Best Drugstore SPF: Byoma SPF 30 Gel Moisturiser
16. Best Moisturiser SPF with Vitamin C: Lumene Brightening Day Fluid Mineral SPF30

1. CeraVe A.M. Facial Moisturising Lotion SPF 50

Best Budget Moisturiser With SPF

2. Templespa Line Defence SPF 50

Best Moisturiser With SPF for Dry Skin

3. Beauty Pie Featherlight SPF 50 Sunscreen + Primer

Best Moisturiser With SPF for Oily Skin

4. Dr Barbara Sturm Sun Drops SPF 50

Best Luxury Moisturiser With SPF

5. La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Aquagel SPF 30

Best Moisturiser With SPF for a Dewy Finish

6. Clé de Peau Beauté UV Protective Cream

Best Moisturiser With SPF for Makeup Application

7. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Age Correct SPF 50+ Sun Cream

Best Moisturiser With SPF for Dark Spots

8. Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream SPF 30

Best Moisturiser With SPF for Added Protection

9. Supergoop! Glowscreen SPF 30

Best Blurring Moisturiser With SPF

10. The Body Shop Multi- Protection Light Essence SPF 50 PA +++

Best All-Round Moisturiser With SPF

11. Thank You Farmer Sun Project Light Sun Essence SPF 50

Best Lightweight Moisturiser With SPF

12. E.l.f. Suntouchable! Whoa Glow SPF 30

Best Glow-Boosting Moisturiser With SPF

13. L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Filler + Hyaluronic Acid Anti Ageing Anti-Wrinkle SPF 50 Replumping Day Cream

Best Moisturiser with SPF for Mature Skin

14. Medik8 Advanced Day Ultimate Protect™ SPF 50+ PA++++

Best Non-Greasy Moisturiser with SPF

15. Byoma SPF 30 Gel Moisturiser

Best Drugstore Moisturiser with SPF

16. Best Moisturiser with SPF and Vitamin C

This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

Freelance Beauty Editor

Shannon Lawlor is a renowned beauty journalist and has contributed to Who What Wear’s beauty content since 2020. As a leading beauty editor, expert and brand consultant, she has over eight years of experience working for some of the industry’s most esteemed titles, including Who What Wear (of course), Glamour UK, Stylist, Refinery29 and Fabulous. Having also worked behind the scenes with some of the industry’s biggest brands and retailers, Shannon has a unique insight into what people really want from their beauty routines. Understanding that beauty lovers seek honest, open and responsible advice, she has it made her mission to demystify the intimidating world of beauty, taking a no-frills approach to the most relatable topics. While Shannon is the first to admit she doesn’t hold the answer to every beauty question out there, she is dedicated to sharing her expert insights in a bid to help. As a self-proclaimed lazy girl, Shannon has an affinity for easy-to-use, foolproof beauty products and has made it her mission to scope out the best of the best. When she’s not working, Shannon is likely soaking in the bath or giving no-holds-barred beauty reviews on Instagram from her bathroom floor.