Whether you work indoors or outdoors, hang your hat somewhere hot or cool your heels in a chillier locale, sun protection is a must for all men—every day. One way to help shield your skin from the sun (without over-complicating your routine) is by using an SPF moisturizer for men. These multi-tasking formulas provide hydration (a must) while also helping to defend skin from damaging UV rays, which can help keep your skin looking and feeling its best.
As with anything skincare-related, though, you’ll find the best results if you pick a formula that works with your skin type. To help, we’re breaking down our best SPF moisturizers for men here. Whether your skin needs light hydration or more intensive moisture, we have an SPF moisturizer for men that’ll suit your needs. Keep reading to learn more about Kiehl’s best men’s moisturizers with SPF and how to use these multi-tasking must-haves in your regular men’s skincare routine.
3 Men’s SPF Moisturizers Worth Trying
Depending on your skin type, we have a few different moisturizer options that you may want to consider. Here, find three of our favorite SPF face creams for men.
1. Facial Fuel Men’s SPF 20 Moisturizer
We’ll kick off this list with one of our best men's face moisturizers with SPF: our Facial Fuel Men’s SPF 20 Moisturizer. Made specifically for men’s skin, this non-greasy SPF 20 moisturizer with caffeine and vitamin E helps energize the skin for a healthy, revitalized appearance. The fast-absorbing formula offers broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays and boasts antioxidants to help the skin better resist the damaging effects of environmental aggressors. The gel-cream moisturizer is suitable for all men’s skin types and can be used daily (and nightly, if desired).
2. Ultra Facial Cream SPF 30
If you’re a guy who needs a bit more hydration from your face cream, we suggest reaching for Ultra Facial Cream SPF 30. This sunscreen-infused version of our best-selling Ultra Facial Cream with Squalane delivers up to 24-hour hydration, leaving your skin feeling balanced and comfortable, no matter your skin type. It also provides broad-spectrum SPF 30 protection against UVA and UVB rays and absorbs quickly for soft, healthy-looking skin.
3. Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 30
Last but most definitely not least, we have Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 30. The ultra-light formula with squalane and glycerin absorbs easily to hydrate skin and help defend it against damaging ultraviolet radiation. The effective formula is suitable for all skin types, but its unique fluid texture lends itself especially well to being used by men with a preference for lightweight skincare products.
When Do You Need To Use Sunscreen?
Super Fluid Daily UV Defense SPF 50+
Sun protection is necessary every day. And even if you’re wearing a moisturizer with SPF, you can layer a separate sunscreen on top. We recommend protecting your skin daily with a broad-spectrum facial sunscreen, such as Super Fluid Daily UV Defense SPF 50+. The non-greasy formula provides SPF 50+ protection against UVA and UVB rays. It also boasts antioxidant defense to help protect your skin against free radicals, and it absorbs quickly with a lightweight, matte finish. Apply it at least 15 minutes before heading outside, and be sure to reapply roughly every two hours or after sweating, swimming, or toweling off.
Kiehl’s Tip: Keep in mind that SPF, or sun protection factor, doesn’t correlate with how much time you can spend in the sun—it’s a measure of the amount of solar radiation the formula protects against. Experts recommend using an SPF of at least 15 every day, but higher values may be preferable for those with fair or easily-burned skin.
What Other Sun Protection Measures Should Men Follow?
As we mentioned, SPF is a must-have in your skincare routine, but sunscreen alone shouldn’t be your only sun protection measure. The United States Food and Drug Administration advises seeking shade whenever possible and avoiding direct sunlight at midday. Protective clothing helps, too: Opt for wide-brimmed hats to protect your face and neck, wear long-sleeved clothing (when appropriate—obviously, this isn’t a viable tip in the middle of summer), and seek out sunglasses that provide UV protection. Finally, remember to check the expiration dates on your sunscreens periodically, as sunscreen does expire—and if it’s past its expiration date, it may not work as well as it should.