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protective creams

Sephora customers often prefer the following products when searching for protective creams.

The best way to protect your skin from the sun is to avoid it. But if you're going to be out in the sun, you might as well apply a protective cream that will help prevent wrinkles and skin damage. Here are some great options of protective creams on the market today.


This is the first BB cream I have tried and really like it. It provides adequate coverage and protection without the heaviness of a foundation....One cream does it all. Makes skin smooth and airbrushed and protected.

Which skin type is it good for?
✔ Normal
✔ Combination
✔ DryWhat it is:
A powerful balm to perfect the appearance of skin.

What it is formulated to do:
- Antioxidants to prevent and banish imperfections
- Features SPF 30 sun protection
- Comes in four shades

This instant morning routine gives skin just about everything it needs for a quick start: SPF protection, antioxidants for prevention, and just enough coverage to banish imperfections. In addition to these beneficial factors, it makes the perfect primer, too.


It is a perfect combination of protection and coverage. I use it when I am on the go and not going to wear make up but still need sun protection. ...Great sun protection and coverage without being heavy.

What it is:
A daytime sunscreen that protects against UV rays, prevents the appearance of dark spots and premature signs of aging, and protects from discomfort and redness.

What it is formulated to do:
Perfect multiprotection for the city. Effective and invisible on the skin, this UV 50 sunscreen protects against the harmful effects of UV rays, free radicals, and pollution to preserve youth, luminosity, and even tone of the skin. The powerful formula helps prevent the formation of dark spots while maintaining healthy-looking skin.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens

IT CosmeticsMini CC+ Cream with SPF 50+

Size: 0.4 oz/ 12 mL·ITEM: 1904259

Color: Light - taupe shade with warm undertones

599 Reviews


Awesome.. I love this CC cream. The coverage is very good...and the best thing is the sun protection (SPF50)..perfect for summer...Love this stuff! Offers sun protection and great, buildable coverage that doesn’t look overdone.

Skin type:
✔ Normal
✔ Dry
✔ Combination
✔ Oily

What it is:
A bestselling, award-winning, full-coverage, color-correcting cream with antiaging skin care and SPF 50+ sunscreen.

What it does:
This color-correcting cream provides full, flawless coverage and protects skin with SPF 50+ UVA/UVB broad-spectrum physical sunscreen. It is clinically shown to increase hydration, smooth texture, and enhance brightness. The breakthrough formula never creases or cracks and instantly camouflages skin imperfections including dark spots.


Perfect Balance of Moisture and Protection...I finally found a moisturizer that protects and keeps me skin clear and smooth!...I have dry skin and this cream is great for it, while giving me sun protection I need.

Which skin type is it good for?
✔ Normal
✔ Dry
✔ Sensitive

What it is:
A 24-hour, light-textured daily hydrator with SPF 30.

Solutions for:
- Dryness
- Loss of firmness and elasticity

If you want to know more…
Inspired by their beloved "Greenland First Ascent" Ultra Facial Cream, Kiehl’s created this daily, light-textured, 24-hour, moisturizer that leaves skin feeling balanced, comfortable, and hydrated.


Naturally serious skin warrior moisture rescue cream has improved my skin dryness helps combat aging with oatmeal and shea butter helps provide a protective layer of moisture...I would only use this at night as the last product of my skincare routine for overnight protection.

What it is: A powerful daily cream that supports your moisture barrier to defend against the aging effects of pollutants while saving skin from dryness.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Fine Lines and Wrinkles, Dryness, and Uneven Texture

Formulation: Cream

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Magnolia and Mangosteen: Visibly reduce signs of aging from environmental damage.
- Hyaluronic Acid and Squalane: Boost hydration and prevent dryness.
- Colloidal Oatmeal, Ceramide, and Shea Butter: Provide a protective layer of moisture and lock in hydration.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is cruelty-free and comes in recyclable packaging.


I am very glad I found this cream....This facial cream truly transformed my skin. Hands-down one of the best facial creams I’ve ever used (and I’ve used many) and well worth the money.

What it is: A cream that supports skin’s protective barrier within the first five minutes of use.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Loss of Firmness and Elasticity, Fine Lines and Wrinkles, and Dryness

Formulation: Rich Cream

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Natural Cholesterol: Helps skin hold hydration.
- Lactic Acid: Helps to firm skin’s appearance.
- Sunflower Seed Oil: Hydrates and helps prevent moister loss.

ShiseidoSports BB SPF 50+

Size: 1 oz/ 30 mL·ITEM: 2219673

Color: Medium

52 Reviews


I absolutely LOVE this product. I’d never used a BB cream before but was looking for something that would protection my skin from the sun but also give me some coverage that isn’t too heavy on my skin. ...Easy sun protection and great all day coverage...Its super quick and easy to apply, leaves a great finish, protects from the sun ALL DAY and stays put. I use tretinoin for my acne and previous sun damage which makes my skin very sensitive to sun burn and this stuff does a perfect job of giving me all day protection.

What it is: A sunscreen with medium coverage and excellent blendability that gives a contoured finish that lasts in the sun.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Dryness, and Dullness and Uneven Texture

Formulation: Liquid

Ingredient Callouts: Free of phthalates.

What Else You Need to Know: Shiseido’s Sports BB SPF 50+ is a quick-dry, non-sticky, longer-lasting BB protector. This formula features WetForce Technology, which protects from UVA & UVB rays even when wet rapidly dries sweat to prevent makeup from running, while reacting with water to improve UV protection.

Supergoop!CC Screen 100% Mineral CC Cream SPF 50 PA++++

Size: 1.6 oz/ 47 mL·ITEM: 2378883

Color: 105N

500 Reviews


To go CC cream...I love the mineral CC cream. It can be used as a foundation with SPF protection. ...Love this CC screen.It's 100% mineral broad-spectrum SPF 50 protection. This CC cream covers imperfections for flawless coverage and high SPF 50 protection.

What it is: An oil-free makeup, skincare, and SPF blend with medium coverage for a complexion-perfecting finish plus 100 percent-mineral broad-spectrum SPF 50 protection.




SPF: Over 30

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Non-nano Zinc Oxide: Made of mineral particles that are larger in size and sit safely on top of skin to absorb UVB rays and reflect UVA rays.
- Apple Extract: Helps the skin appear smoother and brighter.
- Irish Moss/Red Seaweed Extract: Protects against free radicals with vitamins and minerals needed to maintain healthy skin.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is gluten-free and cruelty-free.

bareMineralsMini COMPLEXION RESCUE™ Tinted Moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid and Mineral SPF 30

Size: 0.5 oz/ 15 mL·ITEM: 2454973

Color: Desert 6.5 - for tan neutral skin with a peach hue

47 Reviews


I love the bareMinerals BB cream!! I got the smaller size to make sure the color would work on my skin. ...Not only does this skin tint have nourishing hyaluronic acid, it’s made with spf so my skin is always extra protected. I’m all about a daily skin care and make up routine that is good for my skin, So this foundation replacement is my fave.

What it is: A mini-size, clean, multitasking tinted moisturizer that combines hydrating skincare benefits with naturally radiant, sheer-to-light coverage and SPF 30.

Coverage: Light



SPF: 30

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Hyaluronic Acid: Replenishes and boosts skin’s moisture.
- Olive-Derived Squalane: Quenches dry skin with all-day hydration that feels light and refreshing.
- Mineral-Based Sunscreen: Non-chemical sunscreen protects from damaging UVA and UVB rays.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free.

NUDESTIXNudescreen Daily Mineral Veil SPF 30

Size: 50mL·ITEM: 2554871

Color: Warm - natural tan tint

136 Reviews


Great mineral foundation that provides sun protection and adequate coverage without being heaving....Excellent product. Not greasy and protects. Makes a fantastic primer.

What it is: A light, hydrating, and oil-free SPF lotion, rich in vegan-powered extracts to help protect against free radicals as well as blue light.

Coverage: Light




Highlighted Ingredients:
- Purple Tea Extract: Antioxidants defend against free radicals.
- Green Algae Extract: A natural source of niacinamide that provides moisturizing properties.
- Passionflower Extract: Protects the skin from the adverse effects of atmospheric pollutants.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates SLS & SLES, and contains less than one percent synthetic fragrance. It is also gluten-free and cruelty-free.

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