It’s heating up in Hong Kong, so we’re sharing the best SPF moisturiser for your skin type.
If there’s one piece of advice the beauty world swears by time and time again, it’s not to skip on an SPF moisturiser for your face. It’s easy to forget this crucial step in your routine. However, applying UV protection is a bigger deal than you might think. Although it’s a no brainer to protect our skin when we head to the beach at weekends, dermatologists highly recommend including SPF moisturisers in our daily routine (even during the grey, cooler months). The sun’s powerful ultraviolet rays can be severely damaging to our skin even on the cloudiest of days, which is why sun protection is a beauty must, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Luckily for us, more and more brands are developing lightweight, non-greasy formulas for daily use that won’t clog pores or leave a sticky residue behind. So, whether it’s a daily moisturiser you’re after, a base for your makeup, or something with a hint of colour, we’ve rounded up our favourite SPF moisturisers for every skin type to ensure your face stays protected all year long. Best of all, they’re all available to buy in Hong Kong!
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Best SPF Moisturiser For: Oily Skin
The Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Aqua Gel (with SPF 50) is just the thing for those with oily skin, especially in the summer months when it’s easy for your moisturiser to slide off your face minutes after leaving the house! This water-light gel packs in advanced anti-pollution technology, as well as high protection against UVA and UVB rays, so your skin will be well looked after. Even better, the refreshing texture provides an instant cooling effect (yes please!), while the Vitamin E will help with 24-hour hydration. Last but not least, this pick has been dermatologist-tested for safety and is paraben-free, fragrance-free, oil-free and colour-free.
Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Aqua Gel, available online or in Kiehl’s stores across Hong Kong for $325
Best SPF Moisturiser For: Dry Skin
If you haven’t heard of Supergoop! yet, then it’s time to jump on the bandwagon. Supergoop! is dedicated to sun protection and aims to change the way you feel about sunscreen. Instead of a chalky, sticky product, expect lotions, oils and calming face sprays, all with super broad-spectrum protection (protecting your skin from UVA, UBA and infrared-A rays). Its Superscreen Daily Moisturiser is a great place to start if you’re keen to explore the brand. With SPF 40, this particular lotion is great for targeting skin that’s in need of some extra moisture. We love that it manages to brighten and quench our skin’s thirst without feeling greasy or tacky.
Supergoop! Superscreen Daily Moisturiser, available online or in-store from Sephora for $305
Best SPF Moisturiser For: Sensitive Skin
With a mission to make dermatological skincare available for those who need it, La Roche-Posay is committed to formulating products for those with even the most sensitive skin. If you suffer from sun allergies, prickly heat, sun induced pigment spots, or all of the above and more (sensitive skin sufferers we feel your pain!), then this is the brand for you. Its Anthelios Ultra Light fluid with SPF 50 is a super lightweight, non-greasy, soothing SPF moisturiser dedicated to optimal sun protection against harmful UVA/UVB rays. It leaves an invisible finish and is extremely water resistant, making it perfect for daily use under makeup or as a beach day essential.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Fluid Ultra-Light, available from Mannings and Watsons stores across Hong Kong
Best SPF Moisturiser For: Anti-Ageing
A skincare favourite with a huge following worldwide, Eve Lom’s Daily Protection SPF 50 is so much more than just a sunscreen. Committed to protecting, brightening and fighting against ageing, this luxurious daily SPF moisturiser is packed full of sun-fighting ingredients, working to undo any sun damage that may have already been caused, all whilst minimising any fine lines or wrinkles. Still not convinced? It’s also formulated with anti-pollution ingredients, including vitamins C and E to defend against environmental impurities, and lactic acid to gently exfoliate. This lotion will make sure your skin stays protected, hydrated and even all day long, with a totally weightless finish.
Eve Lom Daily Protection SPF 50, available online for $750
Best SPF Moisturiser For: Long Wearing
If you’re on the hunt for something a little more durable, then look no further than the Neutrogena Sport Face Oil-Free Lotion. It’s specially formulated to withstand vigorous exercise or sporting activities, as well as being water resistant and sweat-proof. This pick also boasts superior sun protection, with an SPF of 70+ to help prevent sunburn on even the toughest of hikes (where sweat means longevity is key!). This moisturiser is a little on the thicker side, making it best for makeup free days. It will nourish and restore skin balance, and is thankfully oil free and PABA free so won’t clog pores or cause any unwanted breakouts.
Neutrogena Sport Oil-Free Lotion, available online from Amazon for around $70
Best SPF Moisturiser For: Brightening
If you’re looking to lift dull skin whilst also staying protected, then this is the product for you. Perricone MD’s Photo-Brightening Moisturiser (SPF 30) is a cult favourite, and for good reason. It’s formulated with mineral-based broad-spectrum SPF for superior sun protection, as well as a host of antioxidants which protect against environmental aggressors. Think of this as an invisible shield. What’s more, the addition of Vitamin C Ester provides supercharged brightening and smoothing. Overall, this moisturiser pick promises to give the appearance of collagen-rich skin by visibly plumping and minimising discolouration over time.
Perricone MD Vitamin C Ester Photo-Brightening Moisturiser, available online or in-store at Lane Crawford for $560
Best SPF Moisturiser For: A Hint Of Coverage
With countless beauty awards under its belt and a staple in many makeup bags, there’s a reason our favourite tinted moisturiser comes from Laura Mercier. Recently revamped with new ingredients and a higher SPF, this pick is the perfect blend of skin care and makeup. The dreamy long-lasting formula will keep your skin hydrated and soft, whilst giving a healthy, dewy coverage to ensure you stay glowing all day long. Ingredients include vitamins C and E, which act as a barrier to the harsh effects of the environment. This lightweight moisturiser also provides ideal sun protection with SPF 30, eliminating any UVB/UVA rays whilst simultaneously providing long wearing, even colour.
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser Natural Skin Perfector, available in-store for $430, find your nearest Laura Mercier boutique here
Best SPF Moisturiser For: All Skin Types
If you’re after something a little more versatile then check out the Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF 50. The amazing thing about this product is that it’s designed to have a whole host of uses. It can be worn alone as a broad spectrum high defence sunscreen, or if you already have a preferred moisturiser, you can mix equal parts of it into your current favourite and you’ve got yourself a tailor-made SPF product! You can also combine this with your existing foundation or tinted moisturiser – the lightweight, non-chalky formula is smooth enough to blend into your skin evenly. Ingredients-wise, this product contains Green Tea and grape seed extracts, which help to create a protective barrier against any nasty pollution or environmental damage. This ultimate all-rounder is a solid choice whatever your needs!
Dermalogica Solar Defence Booster SPF 50, available online or from Dermalogica stores across Hong Kong for $698
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on 20 May, 2019 and was updated in August 2020.
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Featured image courtesy of The Sunscreen Queen via Instagram, image 1 courtesy of Kiehl’s, image 2 courtesy of Supergoop! via Instagram, image 3 courtesy of La Roche-Posay via Instagram, image 4 courtesy of Eve Lom via Instagram, image 5 courtesy of Neutrogena, image 6 courtesy of Lane Crawford, image 7 courtesy of Laura Mercier, image 8 courtesy of Dermalogica.