Just before I turned 40, I paid a visit to my dermatologist. With so many anti-aging products on the market and multiple concerns from fine lines to age spots, I needed some guidance. The first thing she asked me was about what I was using for sun protection. When I told her my day cream had an SPF of 15, her look of disdain was humbling. “I’m not going to help you,” she said, “if you aren’t going to protect your skin.” Lesson learned.
In fact, up to 90% of aging comes from sun exposure. Yikes! Moms and dads spend a lot of time outside chasing little ones around and taking stroller walks. Protect yo self before you wreck yo self with one of these 15 high-quality, high-SPF broad-spectrum facial moisturizers.
15 Best High-SPF Day Creams 1 of 16
EltaMD UV Sport SPF 50 $21 2 of 16
This great lotion with 9% zinc oxide is the ultimate protection for summer. It's water-resistant, sweat-proof, and it won't cause breakouts.
Available at Derma Shoppe.
Glo Professional Oil Free SPF 40+ Sunscreen $30 3 of 16
This great oil-free moisturizing lotion contains vitamin B5, L-hyaluronic acid, and vitamin E as well as broad spectrum protection from the sun.
Get it at Glo Professional.
Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 50 $13.99 4 of 16
This lightweight, high-SPF formula contains Neutrogena's Helioplex Technology to protect skin from UVB and UVA rays.
Found on Neutrogena.
Kiehl’s BB Cream Actively Correcting and Beautifying with SPF 50 PA+++ $37 5 of 16
A BB cream with SPF 50? Now, we're talking. This multi-purpose cream conceals imperfections, hydrates, and corrects skin tone irregularities.
Learn more at Kiehl's.
Clinique Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen Face Cream $21 6 of 16
Provide your skin with maximum protection against both UVB and UVA rays with this high SPF face cream.
Pick it up at Sephora.
Avene High Protection Mineral Cream SPF 50 7 of 16
A high level of protection formulated for sensitive skin with 50% thermal spring water, titanium dioxide, and vitamin E.
Found on Apothecarie.
Cerave Face Lotion Sunscreen SPF 50 $14.99 8 of 16
Broad-spectrum protection from micro-fine zinc oxide in an oil-free formula safe for sensitive skin.
Available at CVS.
Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 40 $14 9 of 16
This chemical-free high protection moisturizer contains argan oil, which helps to repair skin damage from the sun and improves skin tone.
Get it at Sephora.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios 40 Sunscreen $35.99 10 of 16
This sunscreen is formulated with Mexoryl SX, which provides broad-spectrum SPF and is FDA-approved.
Found on La Roche-Posay.
Clarins UV Plus HV SPF 40 Day Screen $40 11 of 16
This awesome day cream protects skin from the sun with 100% mineral filters.
Available at Clarins.
Shisheido Urban Environment Oil Free UV Protector SPF 42 $30 12 of 16
This lightweight oil-free matte is water and sweat resistant.
Pick it up at Net-a-Porter.
Cetaphil Defense Facial Moisturizer SPF 50 $13.29 13 of 16
This non-comedogenic formula nourishes and hydrates while providing broad spectrum sun protection.
Available at CVS.
L’Occitane Immortelle Brightening UV Shield SPF 40 $58 14 of 16
In addition to ample sun protection, this day lotion offers anti-aging immortelle essential oil, bellis perennis brightening extract, and a vitamin C derivative for more youthful, glowing skin.
Learn more at Beauty Bar.
Cotz Face Natural Skin Tone SPF 40 $19.99 15 of 16
Dermatologist-recommended Cotz tinted face cream contains titanium dioxide and zinc oxide for UVA and UVB protection with a matte finish.
Get it at DermStore.
Bobbi Brown SPF 50 Protective Face Base $39 16 of 16
Protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun and prep skin for makeup with this great hydrating lotion.
Found at Bobbi Brown.