You’ve probably already heard that you should wear sunscreen on a daily basis. To make that easier, swap out some of your face makeup products for tinted SPF products that protect and conceal.
There are a lot of things to love about tinted sunscreen. Not only can it sometimes replace one of your makeup products (depending on what you’re using and the coverage you’re looking for), but it’s also infinitely better than regular facial sunscreen. Many face sunscreens come with an annoying white cast that doesn’t occur with a tinted SPF product.
Tinted sunscreen is so easy to apply, offers lightweight coverage throughout the day, and can sometimes double as a moisturizer as well. While it’s obviously ideal to use it during the summer, it can and should be used at any time of the year. Here are the best options for whatever you’re looking for:
With over 20,000 positive reviews on Amazon, this CeraVe Tinted Sunscreen with SPF 30 is a clear winner for the best overall tinted sunscreen. Unlike some tinted sunscreen options, this is a universal tint that is designed to work on every skin tone (and reviewers say it really does). It blends into skin easily with a subtle tint and it doesn’t feel greasy or look obvious.
It’s a mineral sunscreen, so it reflects UVA/UVB rays while sitting on top of the skin rather than soaking into the skin. Some mineral sunscreens are chalky, but this one doesn’t give a white cast, and it’s made with three ceramides that help to lock in moisture so it doesn’t feel heavy. It’s a great lightweight mineral option, and it can be found in drugstores at an excellent price point as well.
Easy to find in a drugstore near you and widely recommended by dermatologists, the La Roche-Posay Anthelios is an excellent option that delivers a lot of protection. It’s super lightweight and absorbs quickly so it doesn’t leave being a weird sheen. Despite the fact that this is a 100%-mineral sunscreen, it manages to give skin a healthy glow.
The sunscreen is also great for sensitive skin because it’s oil-free, non-comedogenic, allergy-tested, and fragrance-free. The SPF 50 gives skin plenty of protection in even harsh sunlight, and the subtle tint is natural looking.
At $100 per bottle, the La Mer Radiant SkinTint isn’t exactly budget friendly. But this luxe tinted SPF is really a mix of makeup and sunscreen, and customers who use it love the lightweight feel and radiant glow it gives their skin. So, if you don’t mind splurging a bit, this is a great option.
This skin tint uses a really light color that gives just a bit of coverage, while also plumping dry lines and diminishing signs of fatigue. It’s meant to give skin a healthy glow while also protecting it from the sun, thanks to the SPF 30 and antioxidant lime tea concentrate it’s made with. It comes in a few different shades, so it’s not a universal tint, which many people like.
As someone who has been wearing Saie Slip Cover Dewy Tinted Moisturizer nearly every day this summer, I can say that this stuff is really fantastic. It has a lightweight, non-greasy feel, but it also offers enough coverage where I feel like I can wear it without any other makeup except for a bit of concealer. I love the glowy look it gives my skin, and it goes on super easily.
This Saie product comes in a pretty wide variety of different shades, which is always a plus. It’s hydrating and clean, and offers 100%-mineral coverage, so you don’t have to worry about any scary-sounding chemicals. This is a pretty perfect suncreen/makeup combo product.
This Elta MD UV Elements Tinted Moisturizer is another personal favorite—but I’m definitely not the only one who loves it. Dermatologists regularly recommend this mineral facial sunscreen for its excellent protection and mineral ingredients.
This oil-free sunscreen uses transparent zinc oxide for a fragrance-free and paraben-free experience that doesn’t clog pores and is great for sensitive skin. It offers the perfect tint, there’s no white cast, it doesn’t smell weird or look greasy, and it feels hydrating. I love how this is water-resistant and doesn’t seem to wear off quickly, and after using it for months in the sun, I can say I’ve never gotten anything even close to a burn.
Think of the highly-rated and fan favorite Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 as a combination of makeup, skincare, and sunscreen. And, really, who doesn’t want a product that can do it all like that? This lightweight foundation is made with plant-based squalane for hydration, niacinamide for smoothing out texture and softening lines, and hyaluronic acid for plumping and hydrating, making it an excellent serum as well.
It’s also made with non-nano zinc oxide for weightless mineral protection from UVA, UVB, UVC, and blue light, and there is no white cast or weird, greasy feel. It’s totally clean, vegan, and free of silicones, oil, and fragrance, so it’s great for sensitive skin. I love how this applies lighter at first so you can ensure you’re covering your entire face before fading to its true tone. It’s the perfect amount of coverage and feels like you’re wearing nothing.
One of my personal all-time favorite products (like, I would bring this with me on a deserted island) is bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer. For me, it’s perfect: It offers sun protection with SPF 30, and it delivers the best lightweight coverage. During the warmer months, I use this on its own, no other makeup needed, for the best natural-looking glow and enough coverage to conceal imperfections and smooth texture without looking greasy.
This comes in a variety of different shades, so there should be something for everyone. It is really easy to apply—you can even put it on with your fingers—and it blends right into your skin quickly. I love how it feels like you’re wearing nothing but makes your skin look so much better.
With a 50+ SPF, this It Cosmetics CC+ Cream offers a little more protection than most other tinted sunscreens on this list. It also offers more coverage—most of the other options are for lightweight coverage, while this one is a full-coverage foundation. It’s really the best of both worlds.
It’s made with a clean formula, with collagen for smoother skin, peptides to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and hyaluronic acid for hydration and a more plump appearance. Thanks to the brightening color corrector, this has a really natural finish, no white cast, and no greasy residue. Over 4,000 positive reviews on Sephora back it up.
The Supergoop! Glowscreen acts as both makeup and sunscreen. It has sun protection with SPF 40, but it also doubles as a primer to help keep the rest of your makeup, like foundation, in place. The light tint of this one offers more of a dewy, glowing look rather than a lot of coverage, so it’s ideal for someone who wants their skin to look as natural as possible.
And it doesn’t just make skin look hydrated, it also really does hydrate. It’s made with hyaluronic acid and Vitamin B5 that help boost moisture in the skin to make it look and feel soft. Cocoa peptides help keep skin safe from damaging radicals, and sea lavender offers powerful antioxidant protection.
For those who prefer powder to liquid sunscreen, there’s Eau Thermale Avene High Protection Tinted Compact. Made with mineral ingredients like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, this powder offers broad-spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 50 sun protection, so it’s ideal for sensitive skin. It’s also water-resistant for 40 minutes, so it won’t come off easily.
It comes in two different shades that offer light tinted coverage, and it gives off a matte finish that never looks greasy. The subtle coverage is just enough for warm days, and the irritating formula feels good. The compact size makes it easy to carry around and reapply as needed.