It doesn't matter if it's cloudy. It doesn't matter if you're inside all day long. Wearing SPF is something you should do every day. Whether you see the evidence in the mirror yet or not, sun damage is a major factor in a variety of skincare issues including signs of aging and, yep, skin cancer. And it’s not just direct sun, either. Both UVA and UVB rays (but especially UVA) are constantly bombarding your skin, whether or not you have a sweet sun drenched corner office.
This is why you need to wear daily sunscreen. But that doesn't mean squirting a quarter-sized dollop from the family-sized bottle of beach lotion every day. Simply use a daily moisturizer that contains some SPF and you've got the perfect marriage of daily hydration and actual sun protection (that won’t feel like you’re on vacation instead of the office). The best of these moisturizers are weightless and won’t leave any sticky residue. In fact, you’ll probably forget you're even wearing it. We spent a couple months gently massaging a few gallons of different SPF moisturizers into our (now) baby-soft faces to find our favorites.
The Everyman Pick
In keeping with their razors, industry-disruptor Harry’s offers a well-priced and easy-to-get option that’s a good fit for almost every guy. The formula is lightweight, leaves little-to-no greasy residue, and gives you a couple month's worth of broad-spectrum protection for the cost of a sandwich.
The Wallet-Friendly Pick
Let’s not forget: in addition to protecting your skin from the sun, a daily moisturizer should actually moisturize. Simple’s no-frills formula doesn’t skimp on the hydrating ingredients (our driest-skinned tester drank it up) and the fragrance-free formula is especially great for sensitive skin.
The Naturalist Pick
If you’re concerned with the traditional chemicals in sunscreen (we'll spare you the long list of scary names, but the main culprit is oxybenzone), try a mineral-based product like this “green screen.” This moisturizer uses titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to physically block harmful rays instead. It's also packed with antioxidants for some nice anti-aging benefits.
The best thing about this sophisticated new moisturizer from LAB Series is that it doesn’t just protect you from harmful UV rays, it also combats pollution, climate-based free radicals, and even "blue light" from your computer (yes, that actually does affect your skin) so you can binge-watch to your heart's content.
$34, LAB Series