If you’re someone who wears some form of a complexion-evening base on a daily basis, chances are you’ll be a fan of the best tinted sunscreens. These magical little base-product miracles are lightweight, excellent at evening out skin tone, and are especially ideal for touching up throughout the day. (Every two hours, remember?) You should also know that there are options in SPF 15 all the way up to broad-spectrum SPF 50, plus they come in mineral, chemical, and hybrid formulas to test.
Speaking of mineral-based sunscreens, these formulas are more likely to create a white cast, especially on those with darker skin tones, says New York City-based board-certified dermatologist Michele Green, MD. “[Mineral sunscreens] typically contain ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium oxide which create a white cast on the skin,” she says. Dr. Green adds that the white cast is actually an indication that the sunscreen is working and is creating a physical barrier on your skin, albeit a very unflattering one. That’s where tinted SPF formulas come in. They provide all the sun protection you need — as long as the formula has the American Academy of Dermatology’s recommended SPF 30 sunscreen rating — without the white, ashy finish.
Tinted sunscreens come in several different formulas (liquid, cream, powder) and finishes (dewy, matte, satin), and feature sheer-, medium-, and full-coverage options to choose from. So whether you’re looking for a fabulous all-in-one product or just want to double up on your SPF, tinted sunscreens are the answer.
The biggest caveat when it comes to tinted sunscreens is the lack of inclusive colors currently available, with most being optimal for light-to-medium skin tones. That said, there are several brands that are getting it right and checking all the boxes in terms of protection, skin-perfecting, and shade range, so we’re really hoping others do the smart thing and follow suit soon. Now, check out 17 picks that protect, correct, blur, and more.