Being into skincare is basically a personality trait at this point. It’s safe to say we’ve reached peak preoccupation with our skin, which is why it feels so normal to perform multistep morning and evening routines meant to combat fine lines, dark spots, under-eye bags, and every other physical marker on our faces that might indicate that we, in fact, are not freshly hatched babies with brand-new skin. As fun as it can be to research products and try out new formulas to smooth, plump, and impart a healthy glow, it’s all pointless if we turn around and face the ultimate dealer of premature signs of aging—the sun—without adequate protection. All this to say, we’re sticking by countless experts who say SPF is officially a nonnegotiable in skincare.
Not only are some of the most popular active skincare ingredients of late, like retinol and chemical exfoliants, notorious for enhancing our skin’s sun sensitivity, but neglecting to use SPF can also enhance the development of pesky hyperpigmentation and fine lines that take lots of time and energy to treat. A mark or line here or there is not the end of the world, but if you’re spending your precious time and money on products and treatments, then it’s only right to protect that investment with the insurance policy that is daily sunscreen whenever you’ll be spending time outside.
But don’t worry. The days of goopy, irritating facial sunscreens that interfere with our makeup or clog our pores are long gone. These days, there are plenty of daily moisturizers with SPF that can both nourish the skin and provide the recommended levels of broad-spectrum protection from UVA and UVB rays. Keep scrolling for 20 editor-approved moisturizers with SPF that make it so easy to incorporate the vital ingredient into your skincare routine.