Top-rated SPF moisturisers for daily skin protection

Maisie Bovingdon
Shopping writer
Wearing creams and lotions with a sun protection factor (SPF) shouldn't be reserved for holidays: pick am SPF moisturiser for year-round defence. (Getty Images)

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Spring is finally here, and as the UK warms up people are already digging out their shorts, sandals and sunglasses to enjoy the sunshine.

While everyone across the globe has entered into self isolation amid the coronavirus outbreak, it is still possible to make the most of the blue skies and warmer weather in your garden, patio or balcony.

Though getting your daily dose of vitamin D is important, it is paramount we protect ourselves against UV exposure all year round.

The best way to protect our skin from sun damage is through a combination of ways, such as staying in the shade, wearing clothing to protect the skin, as well as sunscreen.

There are also moisturisers with SPF in, which is a simple and effective way to ensure your skin stays protected from harmful UVA and UVB rays, as well as moisturised every day.

When buying sun protection Cancer Research UK has advised buying a product with at least SPF15 in for UVB protection, as well as a high star rating with four or five stars for UVA protection.

While the letters UVA in a circle, means the product has met the EU standard.

It is also important your sun protection, or moisturiser with SPF, is in date too, to ensure your skin is fully protected when exposed to the sun’s rays.

To check this, look for a date printed on the base of your skincare product, or for a symbol of a pot with the letter ‘M’ and a number inside, which indicates the amount of months it will last after it’s been opened.

It is important to note that while moisturisers with SPF will help protect the skin, you will need to top up with protective sun lotion when out in the sun for long periods of time.

While some may be looking for protective beauty essentials for sensitive skin, or that are vegan and cruelty free, others may be lusting after something with a slight tint to boost their complexion.

We have found the top-rated moisturisers with SPF in for everyday use, and to use all year long.

Shop the 12 top-rated moisturisers with SPF

Day Solution Cream SPF 15 50ml | £22 from Green People

Day Solution Cream SPF 15 50ml

Green People are known for creating organic skincare using natural products.

The Day Solution Cream, which has SPF15, is alcohol-free, and made from aloe vera, hemp, jojoba, green tea and chamomile, all combined to nourish the skin with antioxidants, as well as proetct and heal the epidermis.

One customer shared: “I love Green People’s Day Solution Cream with SPF15 and use it as my daily moisturiser. It absorbs really quickly and works well for my skin which is prone to dryness. I like some sun protection in all my facial makeup as my skin is also sensitive to the sun and the Day Solution helps with this all year round. Since using Green People’s organic products, my skin has much improved and is less susceptible to dry patches and flare ups.”

Skin Defence Multi-Protection Lotion SPF 50+ | £20 from The Body Shop

Skin Defence Multi-Protection Lotion SPF 50+

The Body Shop’s Skin Defence Multi-Protection Lotion with SPF 50, not only protects against aggressors such as UVA and UVB rays, but also indoor and outdoor pollution.

The vegan product contains red algae extract, as well as vitamin C, to brighten the skin as well as protect and moisturise it.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial SPF 30 Cream | £26 from Debenhams

Kiehl's Ultra Facial SPF 30 Cream

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream with SPF has been hailed a “great product”, as it is lightweight, deeply nourishing and protective.

One customer’s review read: “Great product. Lasts a long time, light texture and highly effective against the sun.”

Rituals Sun Protection Face Cream 30 | £15.50 from Look Fantastic

Rituals Sun Protection Face Cream 30

Rituals’ Sun Protection Face Cream not only provides UVA and UVB protection, but it is also water resistant, although it is advised to keep reapplying throughout the day.

The moisturiser contains Organic White Tea and Ginkgo Biloba, which work to hydrate the skin.

Clinique Superdefense SPF 20 Daily Defense Moisturiser | £42 from House of Fraser

Clinique Superdefense SPF 20 Daily Defense Moisturiser

Clinique’s Superdefense moisturiser comes in two varieties to suit dry skin, as well as combination to oily skin, so there is something for everyone.

The moisturiser is lightweight, nourishing, but also protective as it has SPF20, UVA and UVB protection, vitamin C and E, as well as enzymes, which work to prevent any signs of ageing and fine lines and repair the skin’s barrier.

CeraVe Facial Moisturising Lotion SPF25 | £12.99 from Superdrug

CeraVe Facial Moisturising Lotion SPF25

CeraVe’s Facial Moisturising Lotion with SPF20 ticks all the boxes, as it claims to hydrate the skin for 24 hours due to its MVE technology, which releases the ceramide-rich formula into the skin.

Customers are going head over heels for the product, as one wrotee: “I have been using this for around 3 months now and couldn't be happier. Its lightweight, super hydrating and the SPF addition doesn't feel super chalky afterwards. No residue leftover, non-greasy and extremely easy to apply. Perfect even under make-up. My skin is transformed & at such a great price you just can't go wrong.”

Superdefense™ SPF 25 Fatigue + 1st Signs Of Age Multi-Correcting Cream | £42 from Clinique

Superdefense™ SPF 25 Fatigue + 1st Signs Of Age Multi-Correcting Cream

Clinique’s Superdefense SPF25 goes one step further than some SPF moisturisers, as it claims to provide multi-correction to target an array of skin concerns.

The inclusion of antioxidants, vitamin E and carnitine work to energise the skin, for more radiant looking skin.

Resist Anti-Aging Moisturiser SPF 30 | £34 from Paula’s Choice

Resist Anti-Aging Moisturiser SPF 30

Paula’s Choice’s Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense moisturiser has received glowing reviews from customers, as it moisturises and protects the skin.

The formula includes antioxidants, which protect against free radicals, as well as zinc oxide to protect against UVA and UVB rays.

One shopper gushed: “This is a fabulous light weight moisturiser that effectively hydrates and evens out skin tone ( with light tint) as well as providing sun protection. I have problematic skin in early 50s and find ‘chemical’ spf make me break out so this ‘ natural’ zinc oxide formula is fantastic. The skin tint is quite pale but for me it’s fine, gives a light even out of skin tone.”

Perricone MD Vitamin C Ester Photo-Brightening Moisturiser Broad Spectrum SPF | £59 from John Lewis & Partners

Perricone MD Vitamin C Ester Photo-Brightening Moisturiser Broad Spectrum SPF

Perricone MD Photo-Brightening. Moisturiser with SPF 30 has received hundreds of positive reviews from shoppers.

The lightweight. and oil-free moisturiser aims to tighten, brighten and protect the skin, as well as reduce the appearance of dark spots on the face.

One happy buyer shared: “This product is not only moisturising but it makes my skin look luminescent. I have been using it for years & still love it!”

Vichy Idéal Soleil Dry Touch Face Cream SPF 50 | £12.35 (Was £16.50) from Look Fantastic

Vichy Idéal Soleil Dry Touch Face Cream SPF 50

Vichy’s Ideal Soleil Dry Touch Face Cream has been hailed as the “perfect” moisturiser by customers, as it boasts a lightweight consistency, is hypoallergenic, as well as water resistant, nourishing and protecting.

One review read: “I've been avoiding using an SPF for ages because my skin is so oily it just made it impossible to wear make up over. I've been using foundation with spf but decided it was finally time to switch it up and wow I am so glad I did! This is amazing, creates a smooth matte surface so putting make up over is a breeze, rubs down translucent so no streaking and I haven't had any break outs like some SPF has caused in the past.”

Vitazing SPF 15 Energy-Boosting Moisturiser With Mangosteen | £32 from Origins

Vitazing SPF 15 Energy-Boosting Moisturiser With Mangosteen

Origins’ Vitazing SPF 15 moisturiser is a triple threat, as it moisturises and protects the skin, but also provides a little extra coverage as it has a slight tint to the formula.

The top-rated product contains cordyceps, mangosteen and ginseng, all of which work to revitalise the skin and prevent harmful free radicals from damaging the epidermis, while mango seed butter and trehalose are what hydrates the skin.

One customer wrote: “I've been using this for years now, it is so light and gives a subtle glow. It works really well for me as I have pale skin and don't tan.”

Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer SPF15 | £68 from Space NK

Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer SPF15

While Chantecaille’s Just Skin Tinted Moisturiser with SPF may be a slightly higher price point, it has received almost 300 five star reviews from customers.

The 3-in-1 moisturiser, which works to repair and revitalise the skin, is suitable for those with sensitive skin, as well as men and women, and different skin tones as it is available to buy in seven shades.

One customer’s review read: “I have been using this for few years!!! Love everything about it!! It goes on beautifully, leaving a dewy finish. I do need a little concealer on a few red patches on my cheeks, but always have loads of compliments on my skin!! It’s a little pricey, but worth it in my opinion!”