It’s summer and the sun has finally come out after the dark winter months. Which means, it’s time to incorporate a good face moisturizer with SPF into your daily routine.
For most men, using SPF every day might sound a little daunting at first. But it doesn’t have to! In fact, it’s extremely easy to get into the habit of applying sunscreen by using a combined face moisturizer with SPF especially engineered for men. This means simply swapping your daily moisturizer for one with an inbuilt SPF to get the sun protection you need, without even realizing you are applying sunscreen!
Did you know that even an SPF 15 sunscreen can block over 90% of UVB rays? This means you don’t need an SPF of 100 for adequate protection, proper and repeated application is more important than a very high SPF.
In this post, we cover ten of the best SPF moisturizers for men, running you through some of our favorite products for everyday use and highlighting pros and cons of each one of them.
Sunscreen For Men: Why You Should Use It Every Day
We’ve all heard that sun damage shouldn’t be taken lightly, but it’s easy to ‘forget’ about it and skip the (sometimes annoying, we get it) routine of applying sunscreen before hitting the beach. After all, we need a little sun exposure for vitamin D production, right? Correct, however over the years too much time outdoors can put you at risk for wrinkles, age spots, and ultimately skin cancer.
While it’s obviously easier to get sunburnt by laying on a deckchair at midday during the summer, the risk of experiencing sun damage doesn’t disappear altogether when it’s cloudy or cold. UVB rays – which are responsible for causing sunburn, skin aging, and cancers – can easily penetrate through clouds and even glass. Meaning you’re at risk much more than you may think.
When it comes to protecting your face from the bad effects of too much sun, the good news is that everyday application of sunscreen can slow or temporarily prevent the development of wrinkles and sagging skin. So, if you want to safely spend time in the sun, you need to first spend time in the sunscreen aisle of the drugstore and introduce SPF into your face routine as much as possible.
How To Choose The Best Face Moisturizer With SPF
SPF stands for ‘Sun Protection Factor’ and it specifically indicates protection against UVB rays. Higher SPF numbers do mean more protection, but actually the higher you go, the smaller the difference becomes.
For example, SPF 15 sunscreens filter out about 93% of UVB rays, while SPF 30 sunscreens filter out about 97%, SPF 50 sunscreens about 98%, and SPF 100 about 99%.
Dermatologists recommend using a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, which provides a suitable level of protection for most people and skin types. Finally, a general recommendation: if you live in very warm/sunny places, choose a sunscreen with “broad spectrum” that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. This is because all sunscreen products protect against UVB rays, but UVA rays also contribute to skin cancer and premature aging.
10 Best Men’s Moisturizers with SPF
1. Neutrogena Triple Protect Men’s Daily Face Lotion with Broad Spectrum SPF 20
Pros: A light, non-greasy daily moisturizing lotion that offers multiple advanced skincare benefits to protect your face in just 1 easy step. The triple protection is set to relieve dry skin and calm razor irritation while protecting your skin from sun damage with the added benefit of SPF 20. This daily face lotion is lightweight, won’t sting, and won’t clog your pores.
Cons: The product is scented and some might find the smell too strong.
2. Neutrogena Age Fighter Anti-Wrinkle Retinol Face Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF 15
Pros: This daily anti-wrinkle moisturizer is fragrance-free and contains a boost of conditioning multi-vitamins and non-greasy moisturizers to help smooth rough, dry skin. Its formula contains Retinol to specifically target fine lines and wrinkles, combined with a broad spectrum SPF 15 to help against sun damage.
Cons: It might not be suitable for oily skins prone to breakouts.
3. Banana Boat Sunscreen Lotion Triple Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Pros: If you can’t stand even the slightest smell of regular sunscreen, this lotion is for you! It contains an odor-neutralizing ingredient with a light scent of men’s cologne. It’s water-resistant, meaning it keeps you dry and smelling clean even when you are sweating. Finally, it’s enriched with aloe vera and vitamin E and its broad spectrum combined with SPF 30 keeps you from getting sunburned.
Cons: It might irritate very sensitive skin types, or those with high sensitivity to smell.
4. L’Oreal Skincare Men Expert Daily Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF 15 and Pro-Retinol
Pros: This moisturizer’s got it all! Formulated with fortified Pro-Retinol A, an extra effective form of Vitamin A, this daily moisturizer targets all 5 signs of aging: wrinkles, loss of firmness, sagging, roughness and dryness. Broad Spectrum SPF 15 helps shield skin from both UVA and UVB rays while keeping your skin hydrated.
Cons: The product is a little bit dense; not as dense as actual sunscreen cream, but if you prefer “lighter” lotions you might not like it.
5. Beauty By Earth Mineral Face Sunscreen For Daily Use, Reef Safe & Biodegradable SPF 20
Pros: Here’s one of the few (sadly) environment-friendly, natural sunscreens that is not only good for your skin, but for the oceans too. Because it’s designed for daily wear and formulated with safe, natural ingredients, it offers 20 SPF protection from the damaging rays without clogging your pores and causing breakouts. This sunscreen is water-resistant and uses non-nano uncoated zinc oxide, which sits on the surface, forming a barrier on the outside of your skin and protecting you from UV radiation without entering your body’s systems through the skin (unlike conventional sunscreens, which contain chemical-based active ingredients).
Cons: Because it’s made of only natural ingredients, the protection might wear off quicker than regular sunscreen. For this reason, frequent applications might be necessary and this might cause a white layer to build up over your skin.
6. NIVEA Men Revitalizing Energy Lotion – Broad Spectrum With SPF 15
Pros: Lightly fragranced, fast-absorbing and moisturizing formula enriched with skin’s own Coenzyme Q10, this lotion also contains caffeine, creatine, and vitamin complex to give your skin an extra fresh-looking, energized feeling. The broad spectrum with SPF 15 makes it the perfect everyday lotion to protect your face against harmful UVA and UVB sun damage.
Cons: some long-term Nivea customers have reported a recent change in the formula and scent of the cream, which left them slightly disappointed compared to the previous one.
7. Every Man Jack Daily Sun Protection Face Lotion with SPF 20
Pros: Another face lotion for the more environmentally conscious. As a brand, Every Man Jack strives to use as many naturally derived and plant-based ingredients as possible. Their products contain no parabens, no phthalates, no dyes, no aluminum, and are never tested on animals. Plus they incorporate recycled materials in their packaging whenever possible. This broad spectrum face lotion with SPF 20 is also fragrance-free and oxybenzone-free, to suit the most sensitive skin. Its light and non-greasy formula contains chamomile and cucumber extract, organic aloe, and vitamins C and E, making it ideal for dry and irritated skin.
Cons: none that we can think of, so far!
8. JACK BLACK Double-Duty Face Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20
Pros: As its name suggests, this moisturizer with SPF 20 serves two purposes: being a broad spectrum sunscreen and an intensive facial treatment all in one. Combining active ingredients such as blue algae extract, sea parsley, phospholipids, and vitamins A and E, it moisturizes the skin while preventing facial damages caused by overexposure to the sun. But what is great about this face moisturizer is its versatility. Whether you have sensitive, dry, normal, or even slightly oily skin, its formula works for practically any skin type or condition. All ingredients are fragrance-free, paraben-free, colorant-free, cruelty-free, 100% vegan and certified organic.
Cons: It’s slightly on the expensive side, but when considering the price point for what you get in the bottle, we think it’s well worth the value.
9. Neutrogena Sport Face Sunscreen, Oil-Free with Broad Spectrum SPF 70+
Pros: Ideal for vigorous outdoor sport activities, this facial sunscreen resists wear off from water, rubbing, sweating or wiping, and is designed to be sweat-resistant and water-resistant. So if you’re a frequent outdoor runner, this sunscreen won’t burn your eyes. It contains top-notch ingredients found in more expensive sunscreen products and provides superior broad-spectrum protection from UVA and UVB rays for a very affordable price.
Cons: Many studies have found that people are misled by the claims on high-SPF sunscreen bottles. So much so that in 2019 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed to limit SPF to 60+. According to the FDA, there is a “lack of data showing that sunscreens with SPF values above 60 provide additional meaningful clinical benefit” and they might actually be more harmful than beneficial, as they require higher concentrations of sun-filtering chemicals than low-SPF sunscreens do.
10. Jacket Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50+
Pros: What’s different about this moisturizer is the fact that it’s designed to not only protect your face from UVA and UVB rays but also to lighten and fade sun spots or “age spots” already caused by sunlight. When we are out in the sun, ultraviolet rays create damaging free radicals that hurt the DNA in our skin cells. This lotion contains natural antioxidants that prevent free radical damage and repair previous damage caused by the sun, such as green tea, alpha arbutin, pomegranate extract, cucumber extract, vitamins C and E, aloe vera and sunflower oil. It also contains non-nano zinc oxide and it’s oxybenzone-free, paraben-free, not tested on animals, vegan and non-comedogenic. What more can you look for in a face moisturizer?
Cons: Not the cheapest product, but well-worth the price in our opinion.
To Recap… Top 3 Best SPF Face Moisturizers For Men
How To Choose The Best Face Moisturizer Based On Your Skin Type
Now that you have a list of all the best face moisturizers with SPF, another key factor that you might need to look out for before you press that ‘buy it now’ button is your actual skin type. When it comes to their skin, men fall into four main buckets: sensitive, oily, dry, and normal.
- Sensitive: if you have sensitive skin, it’s critical that you get a face moisturizer that doesn’t have ingredients that may cause prolonged irritation. From our list above, #5, #7 or #10 are good examples of face creams geared towards men with sensitive skin that don’t contain harsh chemicals.
- Oily: if you have oily skin, avoid face moisturizers that use natural oils as their base. Doing so will make your face look shiny and increase the risk of breakouts. Instead, choose one that lends itself to being a bit more ‘dry’ and compliments your oily skin in order to give you a more even-toned look, such as #9.
- Dry: if you have dry and/or flaking skin, then go for a face moisturizer loaded with moisturizing agents, such as #2 and #3. They will help to not only reduce flaking but to also fill in wrinkles that may be starting to form.
- Normal: if your skin seems somewhere in the middle between dry and oily and isn’t too terribly sensitive to products, go for a face moisturizer that is considered more moderate on both ends of the spectrum. From our list, #3 and #6 are good examples.
Protecting your skin every day from the bad effects of UVB and UVA rays is easier than you might think. Some of the best face moisturizers with SPF for men will help you to not only look youthful, but they will moisturize your face and repair previous sun damage. In just one easy step!
Don’t let sunscreen do all the heavy lifting though. Shade, hats, sunglasses, and clothing should be part of your sun protection, too.
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