The best SPF moisturisers for spring, summer and beyond

Zoe Gunn

9 February 2021

Powerful skincare ingredients meet sunscreen in these effective everyday formulas

9 February 2021 | Zoe Gunn

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You may think it’s a little strange to be recommending SPF in the depths of winter (it’s literally snowing as I type this) but stick with me because, if you’re trying to maintain a youthful complexion, you shouldn’t be saving your SPF just for summer.

Remember when you were young and you were told that you could burn through the clouds? Well, it’s true and, when it comes to skincare, it doesn’t even have to be warm for UV rays to pose a threat. While the overall amount of UV exposure the average person receives in the winter is slightly lower, if you’re not wearing a daily SPF, this exposure will still have an ageing affect on your skin – no matter how careful you are with the factor 50 in summer.

This isn’t news to most skincare brands, of course, who've been fortifying their most popular daily moisturisers with SPF for some time, offering UV protection with no extra effort. Here are some of our favourites...

Eve Lom Daily Protection+ SPF 50

If you’re looking for a fuss-free formula that protects, hydrates and keeps skin feeling comfortable all day, Eve Lom’s Daily Moisturiser+ is the perfect buy. Free from oil, parabens and zinc, its fast-absorbing formula is enriched with Vitamins C and B3, as well as no fewer than six sunscreens, to offer the highest level of UVA and UVB protection.

Eve Lom Daily Protection+ SPF 50, £70, Liberty London

Chanel CC Cream

Lying somewhere between a moisturiser, foundation and sun cream, Chanel’s snappily-named Super Active Complete Correction CC Cream is a real all-rounder. Available in seven shades, active ingredients include Vitamins C, A and E derived from the Australian murunga plum, as well as hyaluronic acid, to help plump the skin, smooth the complexion and provide effective protection from pollution and UV rays.

CC Cream, £48, Chanel

Eisenberg Paris Day Cream SPF 50

Another no-nonsense offering, this time from French skincare brand Eisenberg. Formulated with Bellis Perennis extract, which targets dark spots to leave a uniform complexion, this lightweight cream also stimulates collagen production to leave a long-lasting youthful glow while warding off the damaging effects of sun exposure.

Eisenberg Paris Day Cream SPF 50, £97, Net-A-Porter

Shiseido Vital Perfection Uplifting and Firming Day Emulsion SPF 30

Created primarily to tackle the tell-tale signs of ageing – loss of elasticity, fine lines and dark spots – Shiseido takes a highly scientific approach to SPF skincare. I could list all the patented technologies that have gone into making this cream (ReNeura Technology++ anyone?) but all you need know is that it is clinically proven to tighten, brighten and hydrate while keeping harmful rays at bay.

Shiseido Vital Perfection Uplifting and Firming Day Emulsion SPF 30, £100, Shiseido

Perricone MD Photo-Brightening Moisturiser SPF 30

This mineral-based moisturiser from cult favourite Perricone MD uses Vitamin C Ester – a patented form of the traditional vitamin that has been shown to absorb into the skin faster while having a lower pH – to create a potent cream that gives the appearance of collagen-rich skin. Throw in high-performance SPF protection and you’ve got a brilliant everyday moisturiser that will brighten and rejuvenate.

Perricone MD Photo-Brightening Moisturiser SPF 30, £59, Harrods

Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense SPF 30

Drunk Elephant’s skincare range has become a global hit thanks to a winning combination of being both affordable and producing visible results. Its brilliant Daily Defense formula is infused with marula and raspberry seed oil to soften skin, as well as antioxidant sunflower shoot extract and grape juice, to naturally block environmental stressors and protect against free radicals. Apply first thing for all-day coverage.

Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense SPF 30, £30, Space NK

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