If you’re a seasoned skincare expert, then you already know that you should be wearing sunscreen 365 days a year. SPF isn’t just a summer necessity, it’s a non-negotiable step in your skincare routine. Not only does sun protection keep your skin looking healthy and youthful, but it also ensures you won't suffer from a painful sunburn after you head outdoors. By now, you’re likely already sold on sunscreen—but if you want to use it in a fresh way, swap your typical foundation and SPF lotion for a tinted sunscreen.
Tinted sunscreen is a skincare-meets-makeup hybrid. It puts in double the work, giving you coverage and sun protection all in one. Using a tinted sunscreens will help you pair down your routine and you might even find you like using a sheer tint SPF versus your foundation.
To help you simplify your routine, we’ve rounded up the best tinted face sunscreens (from BB creams to CC creams to even full-coverage and glowy formulations) to keep you protected from harmful UV rays and give you a beautiful glow that won’t mess with your complexion.
If you’re a skincare aficionado like us, you’ve likely tried LA ROCHE-POSAY formulas. Known for their extremely hydrating and affordable French-inspired skincare, they have one of the very best tinted mineral sunscreens on the market. It’s a lightweight SPF that uses titanium dioxide for sun protection. We love this SPF for all skin types but it works especially well for most sensitive skin wearers, giving them a healthy sun-kissed glow without the sun damage.
Once you’ve got this product in your kit, it’s glow time. This tried-and-true classic covers blemishes and imperfections, minimizes pores, conceals wrinkles, and smooths and brightens your complexion—all while protecting you from the sun. Depending on what shade you reach for, you’ll get up to SPF 25 protection. With a finish as flawless as this one, this formula looks like your skin (but better!).
While we typically trade our go-to winter foundation for a lighter option come summer, there are certain scenarios (like weddings) that call for a full face that won’t budge. In those cases, you’ll want to grab this best-selling staple. This waterproof formula leaves behind a full-coverage matte finish that promises not to slide off your face, even if you have oily skin or have spent a few hours sweating in the sun.
The secret to supple skin? Glowscreen. We love the way this makeup-gripping primer delivers a hefty dose of sunscreen protection and hydration all in one, thanks to a moisturizing combination of two anti-aging powerhouses: hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5. We like to think of it as a tall glass of water for your complexion (and how amazing does that sound for summer?).
Achieving a flawless, sun-kissed look doesn’t have to break the bank—and you can make it happen without ever stepping foot outside. For less than $15, this oil-free formula from NEUTROGENA gives your skin a gorgeous glow that lasts from sunrise to sunset. The natural tint in this formula also comes with sun protection and a nutrient-dense combo of vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E to improve your skin tone and hydrate your complexion.
If you want to cover up sun spots and hyperpigmentation, reach for this best-selling, dermatologist-tested face sunscreen that’s made with niacinamide, hydrolyzed collagen peptides, antioxidants, and vitamins. All these skin-loving ingredients work together to reduce the appearance of dark spots, dark circles, acne scars, wrinkles, and redness, leaving you with a more even, radiant complexion. The cherry on top of this sweet skincare recipe? SPF 50+ sun protection. Bonus: This must-have comes in 12 versatile shades.
Did you know pollution and sun damage are the two leading causes of premature signs of aging? Give your skin the armor it needs to protect your youthful glow with this cult-favorite tinted physical sunscreen. Not only does the mineral SPF shield your face from UVA/UVB rays, but it also protects against free radical damage and oxidation caused by pollution, making it ideal for anyone who wants to combat premature signs of aging caused by environmental aggressors. Grab this sun-care essential to make that glowing, gorgeous skin you have last even longer.
If you love the ease and convenience of a cushion compact when you’re on the go, look no further than this innovative formula from DIOR. This cushion compact is packed with SPF 50 and minimizes the appearance of pores, zaps up excess oil and shine, and blurs out redness to leave you with a flawless, fresh-faced appearance.
Whether you spend your days indoors at the computer or outdoors in the sun, you can still simplify your morning routine (and protect your skin in the process) with this incredible tinted sunscreen. This makeup-meets-skincare multitasker is formulated with a whopping SPF 40 and hydrating hyaluronic acid to restore moisture to your complexion. An oil-free tinted serum, it delivers mineral sunscreen protection against UVA, UVB, and UVC rays with non-nano zinc oxide while it protects against blue light and infrared rays. It also comes in 30 shades, making it a great go-to for anyone who typically has trouble finding a tinted sunscreen that matches their complexion.
Oily skin types, where you at? oil-free tinted sunscreen is calling to you. Instead of constantly battling a shiny T-zone and pesky breakouts, perfect your complexion with this must-have for humid days. Since it’s non-comedogenic, it won’t stress out acne-prone skin, and it will also zap up excess oil and keep your shine under control with the help of oil-absorbing powders. We especially love the sheer, buildable coverage and the non-greasy formula that makes it so easy to apply.
Sheer coverage, light-as-air feel, hydrating benefits...this formula was practically made for summer. This breathable formula gives your skin a dewy, illuminated glow that’s perfect for minimal makeup days or any time you want to achieve an effortless, I-woke-up-like-this glow.
Looking to liven up your complexion? Banish dullness with this radiant tinted SPF that’s made with vitamin C to ensure your skin glows. Not only does this formula help your skin look more luminous, but it also helps improve firmness and radiance with continued use.
Treat your skin to SPF luxury in the form of this tint from LA MER. This lightweight formula plumps up fine lines and minimizes the appearance of wrinkles, making you look more awake after just one application. Your skin tone will look instantly evened, brightened, and radiant as you layer it in a protective veil from the sun.
The lightweight liquid texture provides medium coverage, while still looking like your skin. Your freckles will shine through yet this tinted SPF will tone down redness and even skin tone. All you need is a little dot on each section of your face, then blend it in with your fingers for a natural, sunkissed finish. The shades are flexible too and easily blend with each other and match a spectrum of skin tones.
Looking for a moisturizer-SPF combo that can keep up with your active lifestyle? Whether you plan to hit the beach, lake, or pool, don’t leave the house without first slathering on this bronzing sunscreen lotion. The mineral SPF formula is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, and it boosts your skin with soothing aloe vera and caffeine to soothe and alleviate puffiness.
Finding a formula that can both combat dry spots and tame a shiny T-zone is no easy task. That is, until we discovered this mineral sunscreen. Its tinted hue leaves you with a gorgeous glow, hydrating only where you need it—and since the formula is water-resistant, you can count on it to last all day.
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