By now, you surely know the importance of both moisturizer and sun protection when it comes to your face. Gone are the days when noses and under eyes covered with thick layers of white opaque sunscreen were the most abominable things one could sport at the beach. Instead, caring for your complexion, especially in the glaring sun, is not just smart, but actually cool—take a look around at the sheer volume of moisturizers with SPF within the men’s grooming sphere and you’ll see what we mean.
Oil-free, all-natural, mineral-based, for sensitive skin—no matter what stipulations you need your protective moisturizer to have, there are literally hundreds of options out there to choose from. Save yourself from getting sucked into a digital wormhole trying to find the absolute best one and take a pick from the list below.
It’s important to know that there are two types of UV light that can harm your skin: UVA and UVB. By opting for a sunscreen that is broad-spectrum or full-spectrum, you’re ensuring protection from both. This product is a natural mineral sunscreen that uses Zinc Oxide in replace of potentially harmful excess chemicals, and it’s also fragrance and preservative-free. It’ll give you 80 minutes of waterproof coverage thanks to pine gum and wood resin, while goat milk and aloe ensure it’ll leave your face hydrated and smooth.
Kiehl’s has been a fan-favorite for years, and for good reason. The brand consistently churns out effective quality products that make the slightly higher price tag worth the investment. Case in point: their Facial Fuel moisturizer, which is formulated with caffeine, chestnut extract and vitamins C and E to help brighten and revitalize your skin. Yes, it’s broad-spectrum and yes, it smells incredible—none of the chalky sunscreen scent here.
Baxter’s classic men’s oil-free moisturizer but with a sun protective twist. This broad-spectrum offering is made with glycerin to help combat dry skin, while vitamin E nourishes and soothes. If you’re looking for a shine-free sunscreen this option’s for you.
With an SPF of 35, this is the second most powerful moisturizer of the bunch. Lightweight, invisible and non-greasy, it’s formulated with a hydra-endure technology that helps skin absorb and retain moisture and defend against the damaging effects of infrared rays, pollutants, and more. In other words, it protects against way more than the sun.
Created with blue algae extract and sea parsley, this lightweight and non-oily moisturizer helps to reduce inflammation and brighten skin, all while providing broad-spectrum coverage. It also includes strong antioxidants to help shield skin from premature aging due to sun exposure so yeah, it should really be called Triple-Duty.
Harry’s is an incredible brand not only because of their quality men’s grooming products but also because of the philanthropic mentality that’s central to their brand. This full-spectrum moisturizer boasts a lightweight formula that includes refreshingly hydrating ingredients like shea butter and mint.
If your skin is incredibly prone to burning then this moisturizer, which boasts a solid SPF of 60, should definitely make it into your beach bag. By Neutrogena, it’s also one of the most affordable options. Specially formulated with 100% naturally-sourced ingredients, it’s a hypoallergenic and water-resistant mineral sunscreen to rival all others. It’s also fragrance and oil-free—consider all your boxes checked.
Whoever decided to make this moisturizer with the very specific SPF of 21 is a marketing genius—it’s an option you’ll never forget thanks to its memorable numeric association. Clinique is another extremely trusted and well-known skincare brand, so you know anything they make is going to be credible. This broad-spectrum lotion boasts a lightweight, oil-free formula and will leave your skin feeling ultra hydrated. It’s a simple, solid choice.
Formulated with ingredients that are entirely naturally sourced from minerals, this natural face lotion is another excellent pick for those of you dedicated to using clean grooming products. It also boasts a matte-finish and super lightweight feel—no oily residue here.
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