The Best SPFs For Dry Skin

If you have dry skin, you might think you’re immune to the #SPFstruggles of overly heavy and greasy sunscreens; but parched complexions come with their very own set of challenges.

In fact, choosing the right sun protection for dry skin can be seriously tricky. Formulas too high in alcohol sap precious moisture from already dehydrated skin, leaving it feeling tight and itchy, while mineral UV filters can leave behind a chalky residue (or white cast) that makes dry complexions look dull and lifeless.

Don’t panic! We’ve found a whole host of perfectly balanced SPFs that give dry skin the TLC it needs, without feeling suffocating or greasy. Enriched with nourishing ingredients, they the perfect way to put moisture back into summer skin – but don’t forget to apply them on cloudy days too.

Alpha H Essential Skin Perfecting Moisturiser SPF15

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This does-it-all moisturiser is made with Shea Butter, to nourish and smooth dry patches without leaving any greasy residue. Ideal for normal to dry skin types, it also contains a skin-friendly line up of Caffeine and Niacinamide to help keep skin bright and clear.

With UVA and UVB filters, this daily cream also shields skin from blue light and pollution, making it the perfect all-rounder for city dwellers.

Rodial Dragons Blood Hyaluronic Moisturiser SPF15

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Figuring out your skin type can be hard enough but, to make things even more confusing, dry skin can be both dry and dehydrated – meaning it’s short on oil and water (here’s how to tell).

Whether you’re dry or oily, almost every complexion will benefit from a little extra hydration. Rodial Dragons Blood Hyaluronic Moisturiser SPF15 packs a trio of plumping, moisture-boosting ingredients, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin B3 and Dragon’s Blood (an extract from the Croton Lechleri Tree), into a comfortable, lightweight formula that sits perfectly under makeup.

Formula 10.0.6 Picture Perfect Day

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Not all dry complexions appreciate the feel of rich and heavy creams. If you prefer a lighter texture, you’ll love this gel-cream with SPF15 UVA and UVB protection.

Formulated with glycerin to effectively smooth away flaky patches, it’s also boosted with Vitamin C and Guava extract to nix the dullness that can accompany dry skin.

Antipodes Immortal SPF15 Skin Brightening Face & Body Moisturiser

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Formulated with Zinc Oxide (a physical UV blocker that’s gentle on skin) and no added fragrance, Antipodes Immortal SPF15 Moisturiser makes a great natural choice for dry skin types prone to sensitivity and redness.

This plant-powered sunscreen contains Kiwi and Grape Seed extracts for antioxidant and anti ageing properties, while nourishing Raspberry Seed Oil and high levels of Vitaman A, Essential Fatty Acids and Omegas 3 & 6 banish tightness and flakiness.

Mario Badescu The Moisture Magnet SPF15

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This silky lotion contains SPF15 for everyday protection and doubles up on moisture with a clever combo Hyaluronic Acid and Pentavitin.

While we’re all familiar with the mega hydration boosting properties of Hyaluronic Acid, dry skin types will love Pentavitin. This under-the-radar plant extract binds with the outer layers of skin for up to 72hrs, for seriously long-lasting moisture.