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5 Products to Use if Your Moisturizer Doesn’t Contain SPF

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SPF is a must to protect your skin from harmful UV rays, but these days many moisturizers come without SPF. Here are 5 awesome products to try if your moisturizer doesn’t contain SPF.
Products to use if your moisturizer doesn't contain SPF


For awhile I was using only Liz Earle skincare products, including Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser ($39.90 at Birchbox). While I really liked the product line, I was a bit thrown when I realized that the moisturizer I was using didn’t contain SPF as I hadn’t encountered a moisturizer without SPF before.

Liz Earle Skin Repair MoisturizerAccording to the Liz Earle website the lack of SPF is so “it can be used during the day and at night (as skin doesn’t need SPF at night).” This seems a little strange to me, but to each their own, I guess. (Also, I don’t apply moisturizer at night so this has never been a concern of mine.)

I had previously only used moisturizers containing SPF – and really, I only used Aveeno Positively Radiant Moisturizer with SPF 30. With spring on the way, I spent some time looking for SPF products to wear atop my moisturizer because leaving the house without SPF just isn’t accessible. It’s important to wear SPF every day because it helps protect against harmful UVA and UVB rays, which can cause cancer, premature aging, and sunburn.

In case others are in a similar predicament, here are a few products to try in case your moisturizer doesn’t contain SPF.

Try these products if your moisturizer doesn’t contain SPF

Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+

Even before I switched to using a moisturizer without SPF I was using Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+. This product goes on very light, providing an extra layer of protection to your skin. While it is on the pricey side at $38 for a 1.7 fl. oz. bottle, a little goes a long way! I have had the same bottle for nearly two years and it shows no signs of running out.

To use, just apply a light layer of Super Fluid UV Defense on top of your moisturizer. In addition to protecting against UV rays, this product allegedly helps fight up to 90% of skin aging, including fine lines, wrinkling, and uneven skin texture and tone. I have very sensitive skin but I have never had any issues with this product. It is dermatologist-tested for sensitive skin and it is oil-free, fragrance free, and non-comedogenic.

Overall, I would say this is a great everyday fix and I recommend it even if your moisturizer contains SPF.

Colorescience Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush SPF 30

colorescience Sunforgettable® Mineral Sunscreen Brush SPF 30


If you are looking for a product that is easy to apply frequently that comes in a non-liquid form, I cannot more highly recommend the Colorescience Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush. I picked this up on a whim a couple of years ago and it is now one of my favorite sun products because it is easy to apply and it doesn’t leave my face looking greasy or like I just applied sunscreen!

Per the instructions, you should apply this product before going outside, and then again every two hours. Applying takes seconds – just brush it over your face or other body parts – and the fine powder provides coverage! Colorescience Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush SPF 30 comes in many shades (see them all on the Colorescience website), so you can wear this product in place of foundation if you prefer.

There’s no need to be fearful of wearing this product to the beach as it is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes. It provides UVA/UVB protection, which is considered the best.

Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12 Hour Primer

tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen

I absolutely love Tarte Beauty products and, like most of their products, tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen gets great reviews! It’s currently available in four different shades, all of which have a matte finish.

Primer provides a smooth palette for makeup and helps fill in pores and wrinkles. This particular product is vegan-friendly and chemical-free.

Pür Minerals CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40

Pur Minerals CC Cream: Color correcting and SPF 40

Some foundations and alphabet creams come fortified with SPF these days, which is great news if you frequently wear makeup, which I did until I started working from home. Pür Cosmetics CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40 ($38) is one of the best products I’ve found for my face because it does a good job of concealing redness without irritating my skin. (Check out my Pür Minerals CC Cream review.)

This product works for me because it makes my skin look flawless without needing to resort to a heavier foundation or cover-up. The SPF coverage is really the icing on the cake, but I appreciate it nonetheless.

If you’re looking for more coverage than a BB or CC cream can afford, I have heard good things about the new bareMinerals bareSkin Foundation with SPF 20 ($29 at ULTA).

Topix Glycolix Elite Sunscreen SPF 30

Topix Glycolix Elite Sunscreen SPF 30

If you are looking for a more traditional facial sunscreen, check out Topix Glycolix Elite Sunscreen SPF 30 ($30 at Dermstore), which gets great reviews online and is recommended by everyone’s favorite doctor, WebMD.

This is a heavy-duty chemical sunscreen that goes over your moisturizer that provides broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays. Zinc-oxide is one of the best chemicals for protecting against sun damage because it sits on the surface of the skin and acts as a barrier to UV rays. Topix Glycolix Elite Sunscreen SPF 30 is 17% zinc oxide, which a really high percentage! The one downside to zinc-oxide is that it can leave a white residue behind, so wear this product with caution if you’re going out in public or plan on wearing it with dark clothing as it can leave a mark.

It’s really not the end of the world if your moisturizer doesn’t contain SPF, just make sure you supplement with an SPF product, not just to protect against sunburn and sun damage but also as an anti-aging measure. Your future self will thank you!

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