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While it may feel like we're always being told to add a new product to our skin care routine, everyone should be using at least three basics: cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen. We add more depending on the issues we are tacking and the skin goals we'd like to achieve. The skin care market is a massive place with thousands of products, so it's no surprise that there are products that do double duty.
A moisturizer with SPF is one of those products. There are a plethora of them on the market, but a SPF hydrator might be one of the most important products to include in your routine. After all, using sun protection is vital for preventing premature aging.
Since it’s so difficult to sift through all the options available, we decided to ask the experts for some help. Here, we’ve rounded up all the SPF moisturizers that top dermatologists actually recommend to their patients.
Dermatologist-recommended SPF moisturizers
If you know about CeraVe, then you already know that it’s a brand you can trust when it comes to gentle lotions and creams.
“This one in particular is tried-and-true, affordable and effective,” said Chicago dermatologist, Dr. Omer Ibrahim. “It offers a SPF of 30, and with its ceramides — the skin’s natural lipids that help moisturize and repair the skin barrier — and hyaluronic acid, it stands out as a great emollient for the skin.”
Additionally, a low level of niacinamide functions as an antioxidant.
“This product is sheer, lightweight and with its healthy dose hyaluronic acid, boosts skin hydration,” Ibrahim said. “It also contains vitamin E, which acts as an antioxidant that, over time, helps reduce signs of aging.”
For a sheer sunscreen that works on all skin types and tones, this is a great option.
"This sunscreen will give your skin a really beautiful lit-from-within glow, while still providing the essential SPF protection,” said Los Angeles dermatologist Dr. Onyeka Obioha. “It is also great to use under foundation."'
According to Ibrahim, this La Roche-Posay SPF moisturizer is oil-free, non-comedogenic and good for all skin types.
“The product combines niacinamide, glycerin, ceramide and prebiotic thermal water to adequately hydrate the skin and restore its natural barrier, while providing the SPF protection you need,” he added.
People with hyperpigmentation should try this moisturizer. “The soy helps with the pigment and the SPF is a must,” explains New York City dermatologist Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali.
As a bonus, this formula is oil-free, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog pores.
For those who hate feeling like they have sunscreen on, Bhanusali recommends this option by Supergoop. “It truly absorbs right into the skin,” he said. Plus, it’s completely invisible and scentless — unlike most SPF options out there.
"Mineral sunscreens are a better alternative to chemical sunscreens, especially if you have sensitive skin,” said Obioha. “I recommend the Unsun Mineral Tinted Face Sunscreen if you're looking for a product that will provide some light coverage while also offering SPF protection."
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