This new No7 day cream has caused quite a storm in the beauty industry. Inside the pot is a new peptide blend which promises to reverse signs of skin damage from stress, smoking and, most importantly, sun damage. As it only launched a few weeks ago, we can’t yet comment on the skin damage reversing effects, but what we can say is that as a moisturiser with SPF, it certainly impressed.
We all know by now that we should be wearing sunscreen on our faces every day. But, for some of us, that’s easier said than done.
From last-minute mornings to trying to cut costs, it may not always take priority in your beauty arsenal. But it really should. Protecting the skin from both UVA rays, which cause sun damage and premature skin ageing and UVB rays which can lead to skin mutations and cancer, it’s no wonder why many sing the praises of sunscreen.
But while it’s best used alone as a separate SPF-focused product, combining it with a moisturiser can make applying it just a little bit easier. And, of course, for many of us, the easiest way will always win, even if it’s not the most effective.
Offering your face its daily hit of hydration while protecting it from the sun, these nine picks truly impressed. But be sure to remember sunscreen needs to be reapplied throughout the day to ensure you stay sun-safe, so you may want to pop another option in your bag for out-and-about top-ups as well.
How we tested
We swapped out our regular face moisturiser for these SPF-added products over the past six weeks, looking at how easily they could be applied, how they felt on the skin and the key ingredients inside – as well as how well they shielded us from the sun. Of course, we have to stress that for adequate sun protection, sunscreens must be applied regularly throughout the day. So although these SPF moisturisers can be a great first step in the morning, you most likely want a designed sunscreen supply to use throughout the day too. Take a look at our selection of the best face SPFs here.
The best moisturisers with SPF for 2023 are:
- Best overall – No7 future renew day cream: £34.95, Boots.com
- Best budget formula – Byoma SPF 30 gel moisturiser: £14.99, Selfridges.com
- Best for anti-ageing – This Works in transit skin defence: £30, Sephora.co.uk
- Best for dry skin – Nip + Fab nourishing SPF30 moisturiser: £22.46, Boots.com
- Best for darker skin tones – Katherine Daniels daily DNA defence SPF30: £59, Katherinedanielscosmetics.com