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17 Dermatologist-Approved Moisturizers With SPF To Protect Your Skin

Men's Health Logo By Garrett Munce of Men's Health | Slide 1 of 8: If you want to have healthy skin, you absolutely must do two things: moisturize it and protect it with sunscreen. But we understand—some days (all days?) you don’t want to spend a long time in the bathroom putting on product after product. Who has the time? Thankfully, you don’t have to choose between adding a few extra minutes to your morning routine and giving your skin the protection it needs to stay healthy. There are magical products out there that are both moisturizers and sunscreen and using them takes roughly 15 seconds—or less.How To Find the Best Men’s SPF MoisturizerMoisturizers with sunscreen are exactly what they sound like: products that hydrate and moisturize your skin that also contain either chemical or mineral sunscreens. But before you reach for any old moisturizer that says SPF on the label, be warned that not all of them are created equal. “As a starting place, look for one labeled broad spectrum protection as this indicates that your skin will be protected from harmful UVA and UVB rays, which contribute to skin cancer and skin aging,” says Noelle S. Sherber, dermatologist and Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology at George Washinton University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C. Second, there are lots of moisturizers out there that say they contain SPF but it’s low—like 15 or 18. That’s not good. “The American Academy of Dermatology advises using an SPF30 or higher,” says Dr. Sherber. And for men, she says, the third most important thing is texture. If it’s gluey, sticky, filmy, or leaves a white cast, you’re probably not going to use it. “The effectiveness of sunscreen drops significantly if it isn’t applied in a generous quantity,” she says, so the best sunscreen for you is one you will actually wear—and want to wear.When it comes to moisturizers with sunscreen, don’t get bogged down in semantics. It can be hard to find a moisturizer with enough SPF to adequately protect you. In that case, recommends Sacramento, CA-based dermatologist Jacqueline Calkin, M.D., “find a sunscreen that has enough [moisturizing ingredients] for your skin.” It doesn’t matter so much if the product is supposed to be a moisturizer first; as long as it has enough moisturizing ingredients and sun protection, you can use it every day.So how do you find those products that fit perfectly in the middle of the moisturizing/sun protection Venn diagram? This list of the top recs from dermatologists is the perfect place to start.Read more: Best Grooming Products for Men

If you want to have healthy skin, you absolutely must do two things: moisturize it and protect it with sunscreen. But we understand—some days (all days?) you don’t want to spend a long time in the bathroom putting on product after product. Who has the time? Thankfully, you don’t have to choose between adding a few extra minutes to your morning routine and giving your skin the protection it needs to stay healthy. There are magical products out there that are both moisturizers and sunscreen and using them takes roughly 15 seconds—or less.

How To Find the Best Men’s SPF Moisturizer

Moisturizers with sunscreen are exactly what they sound like: products that hydrate and moisturize your skin that also contain either chemical or mineral sunscreens. But before you reach for any old moisturizer that says SPF on the label, be warned that not all of them are created equal. “As a starting place, look for one labeled broad spectrum protection as this indicates that your skin will be protected from harmful UVA and UVB rays, which contribute to skin cancer and skin aging,” says Noelle S. Sherber, dermatologist and Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology at George Washinton University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C.

Second, there are lots of moisturizers out there that say they contain SPF but it’s low—like 15 or 18. That’s not good. “The American Academy of Dermatology advises using an SPF30 or higher,” says Dr. Sherber. And for men, she says, the third most important thing is texture. If it’s gluey, sticky, filmy, or leaves a white cast, you’re probably not going to use it. “The effectiveness of sunscreen drops significantly if it isn’t applied in a generous quantity,” she says, so the best sunscreen for you is one you will actually wear—and want to wear.

When it comes to moisturizers with sunscreen, don’t get bogged down in semantics. It can be hard to find a moisturizer with enough SPF to adequately protect you. In that case, recommends Sacramento, CA-based dermatologist Jacqueline Calkin, M.D., “find a sunscreen that has enough [moisturizing ingredients] for your skin.” It doesn’t matter so much if the product is supposed to be a moisturizer first; as long as it has enough moisturizing ingredients and sun protection, you can use it every day.

So how do you find those products that fit perfectly in the middle of the moisturizing/sun protection Venn diagram? This list of the top recs from dermatologists is the perfect place to start.

Read more: Best Grooming Products for Men

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