Tinted Sunscreens for Summer

Best tinted sunscreen for your face

In all of my years as a makeup artist, one of the biggest complaints I heard was that layering sunscreen and foundation on the face seemed too heavy. I couldn’t agree more–especially with those who have oily skin or prefer to feel nothing on the skin all day. Finding the perfect combo of face sunscreen and the right coverage foundation is like panning for gold in your backyard. It seems impossible to seek out the right combo, especially as the weather starts to heat up. With the popularity of tinted sunscreens on the rise, I was more than happy to take a look at what was out there and try some for myself.

A bit of a background at what I was looking for: I have combo and super sensitive skin that is prone to breakouts. I prefer mineral sunscreens, and I definitely do not want to shine, but I do not mind a good healthy glow. When it comes to tint, I was looking for something that gave me just a hint of bronze for summer that I could blend down my neck and onto my chest. My skin is fair with redness and an uneven tone, so I was looking for tinted sunscreens that would even out my skin tone and help me look like I got a healthy dose of sunshine. It must be a ‘throw on and go’ type of product that I don’t need to fuss with.

Below are my tinted sunscreen picks as well as picks from other pros. Enjoy!

Pacifica Mineral Bronzing Face Shade Coconut Glow SPF 30 – $16 for 1.7oz

Pacifica Mineral Bronzing Face ShadeI already love the brand Pacifica, so I knew this was a win. They’re 100% vegan and cruelty-free, and the price point is usually affordable. When I am out and about on a daily basis, SPF 30 is fine for me, and I prefer UVA/UVB protection. This 20% zinc oxide formula has a medium tan tint that is sheer, and dries down to a semi-matte finish. There is a particular smell to it that I wasn’t excited about, but once it dries down on the skin, it is not noticeable. This tinted sunscreen offers hydration plus protection, and is water resistant for 80 minutes–awesome! <!–more–>

CeraVe Tinted Sunscreen with SPF 30 – $13.97 for 1.7oz

CeraVe Tinted Sunscreen with SPF 30I’ve been tempted to try this tinted sunscreen out for myself, and the reviews are good. On Amazon, this product has about 22,000 5 star reviews. One reviewer stated that most mineral-based sunscreens give you a white cast, and this one does not. There are photos on the Amazon page to prove that it not only photographs well, but it isn’t as greasy as some had expected. This one is suited for sensitive skin and keeps your skin moisturized all day. Another plus is that it is fragrance-free and non-comedogenic–need I say more about this drugstore pick?

MyChelle Dermaceuticals Sun Shield Liquid SPF 50 – $14.54 for 1 oz

MyChelle Tinted Sunscreen
I purchased this lovely item before going to Hawaii because it is reef safe, and I planned on doing A LOT of ocean swimming. This is a higher SPF than the aforementioned products, for those that will be spending time in the hot sun. Since this product contains bentonite clay, it can be very drying as the finish is super matte. The coverage was pretty good considering that it is a liquid sunscreen, but it definitely evened out my skin tone. Another reason to love this item is that there is a color range from non-tinted to dark. A customer on Amazon commented that if you get the non-tinted version that you can add your own foundation to it to create a tinted version since there is a white cast with this mineral-based sunscreen. Did it stay on while swimming? Yes, for me it surely did, but I can’t say that it will for everyone, and it is not labeled as water resistant. The brand suggests using a water resistant sunscreen under it if you will be making a splash.

ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 Foundation – $48 for 1 oz

Ilia Serum Sunscreen

This next product is a bit higher on the price scale, but I am sticking with clean beauty products for this list–and this one is worth it. With 30 shades to choose from, this serum ‘skin tint’ acts as a daily skincare product with added SPF 40 sunscreen. This will give you a dewy finish and a boost of moisture, so keep that in mind. If you’re like me and you are ditching heavy foundations for a more even and healthy glow, this is a good one to try. Ilia is vegan, cruelty-free and has a ‘Clean at Sephora’ stamp of approval.

Perbelle Skin Tone Adjusting CC Cream SPF 43 – $42 for 1.05 ozPerbelle CC Cream

Although I have not tried this product, I have to give Perbelle credit for grabbing my attention! I see an ad for this CC cream every time I log onto Facebook, and the reviews are pretty darn good. Korean-based brand Perbelle claims that this cream goes on clear and adjusts to the perfect shade for your skin tone, and evens out sun spots and any types of discolorations like magic. It contains flower extracts to help with anti-aging and hyaluronic acid to keep the skin moisturized. Another bonus is the addition of niacinamide, which is a powerful anti-aging ingredient that helps brighten the skin. This product does contain fragrance, which was a little turn off for me, but I still want to see what this magic stuff can do!

That will conclude my list of tinted sunscreens to try this summer! Please make sure to read ingredients and make sure there are no irritants that you normally avoid.

Best summer sunscreen for the face

Best summer sunscreens for the face

When you were a kid, do you remember someone putting really white sunscreen on your face when you were about to go into the summer sun? Do you remember sunscreen having a particular smell such as coconut or just very “tropical”? It seems that as a child, there was only one type of sunscreen and it was slathered on both your face and body. Now, in 2019 as grown adults, we have different skincare needs, desires and personal preferences such as a vegan, gluten-free, all-natural physical sunscreen that blocks out UVA/UVB and blue light in BPA-free packaging. Do such things exist? You bet they do.

There are literally thousands of sunscreen choices with many different features and varying price points. To sift through everything would take a long time, but we’ve managed to hone in on dermatologist-recommended and beauty guru-approved choices that we think you will love. Read on to see what we’ve picked and why we love them!

Face Sunscreen For All Skin Types

COOLA Full Spectrum 360° Sun Silk Drops SPF 30 With Sephora’s Clean At Sephora label, it is easy to navigate their website and find products that contain no harsh chemicals. As adults, we should be concerned with aging and skin damage caused by the sun, but we also need to be aware of the ingredients of what is in our skincare as well.

The COOLA Full Spectrum 360° Sun Silk Drops SPF 30 ($46, 1 oz.) is the perfect face sunscreen for those who want a lightweight feel but wants to cover all of their protection bases, including a shield from broad spectrum UVA/UVB, IR (infrared), and HEV (high energy visible) Light. This product doesn’t just protect you from outside aggressors, it also protects you from digital overexposure from your devices (hello, Instagram and YouTube!). What’s worse about the blue-violet light emitting from your devices is that it penetrates deeper into the skin than the sun’s UV rays, causing premature aging. Luckily, there are many sunscreens that now include protection from blue light, just like COOLA’s organic formula, that you can wear daily without a greasy feel.

Best Sunscreen to Wear Under Makeup

Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40 If you wear makeup, the last thing you want to worry about is a thick layer of sunscreen under your foundation. Some foundations offer a level of SPF protection, but does it truly block out blue light and the sun’s rays? You definitely want to be sure you are protected, especially during the summer. When you wear sun protection under foundation, we are sure you will want something undetectable, light-weight, and acts as a moisturizer.

Behold the Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40 ($32, 1.7 oz). It not only helps your makeup stay on longer, but it features a little bit of a glow so that you can rock this sunscreen without makeup and still look fab! This formula also protects your face from blue light with natural red algae–which also adds softness to your skin. People love this sunscreen so much, that it was the Allure Best of Beauty winner in 2018.

Water-Resistant Face Sunscreen for Swimmers

Pacifica Mineral Face Shade Coconut Probiotic SPF 30There are some important tips that you’ll need to know if you plan on swimming outdoors this summer. The number one thing you need to do before heading out is to apply a water-resistant sunscreen 15 minutes in advance. After one hour to eighty minutes of swimming, you will need to reapply to the exposed areas once again. This is a step that a lot of people forget to take, then end up with a bad burn later. If you towel dry off, then you will need to immediately reapply your sunscreen.

For the face, we did some research to find a good sunscreen that is mineral-based and will last on the face for up to two hours! The Pacifica Mineral Face Shade Coconut Probiotic SPF 30 ($13, 1.7 oz) features a coconut probiotic which adds a superpower punch of hydration to the skin. For those looking for a vegan and cruelty-free option, Pacifica is your brand!

Face Sunscreen for Oily Skin

Clinique City Block Sunscreen
If you have oily skin, you know that the last thing you want to apply to your face is a heavy and greasy sunscreen product. Those types of products definitely do exist, and we will do our best to help you avoid it. Also, you may wonder what could work under makeup as well as protect–and for acne sufferers–you are probably a little paranoid about purchasing anything that isn’t labeled non-comedogenic. After doing a little digging, we found something!

The CLINIQUE Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector Broad Spectrum 40 SPF ($26.50, 1.4 oz) is not only non-acnegenic, but it is perfectly lightweight for daily use under makeup for all skin types–even for oily and really sensitive skin! This invisible sunscreen features broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sun-blocking ingredients and antioxidants. Since you want to avoid mineral oil in your facial sunscreen, you will be glad to know that this one doesn’t have any oil or fragrance to cause irritation.

Tinted Sunscreen

MyChelle Sun Shield Liquid Tint SPF 50 You are probably going to wonder why you had not heard of this sooner–but there are tinted facial sunscreens out there and we are very excited to have finally discovered its existence! If you want to skip the two-step process of layering sunscreen and then your foundation, then a tinted sunscreen is your new favorite.

During a trip to Sprouts, we found the perfect product for covering redness and evening out the skin tone while adding sun protection. The MyChelle Sun Shield Liquid Tint SPF 50 ($24, 1 oz) is the perfect oil-free matte tinted sunscreen that is 100% mineral broad-spectrum protection. The added Bentonite helps to absorb excess oil and impurities from pores. The product is reef safe, cruelty-free, and vegan! There are two shades available, but you can also purchase it without a tint.

Best All-Natural Face Sunscreen

Raw Elements FACE + BODY SPF 30 There are both good oils and bad oils that you can apply to your skin. For years, consumers have been told to avoid oil at all costs when it comes to buying skincare, and only just recently, face oils are one of the biggest trends in beauty. The trick is knowing which face oils to avoid and which ones are going to benefit your particular needs.

The Raw Elements FACE + BODY SPF 30 ($18.99, 3 oz.) has so many beautiful ingredients on their list, and you will recognize everything in it. The active ingredient is zinc, which will act as a reflective shield from the sun. The rest of the ingredient list is simple: Sunflower Oil, Green Tea, Black Tea, Coffee Bean, Hemp Seed Oil, Cocoa Butter, Mango Butter, Beeswax, Rosemary Oil Extract, Vitamin E. Sounds good enough to eat, right?

The sunflower, cocoa, hemp, mango, and vitamin E oils will naturally hydrate the skin while the coffee bean and black tea act as powerful antioxidants that protect against UVA and UVB rays. Best of all, it is safe for all ages!

Best Powder Sunscreen for the FaceColorescience Sunforgettable Brush-On Shield SPF 50

Convenience is key when you are traveling–especially when it comes to your beauty products. Broken makeup compacts and foundation bottles are very common during air travel–unfortunately–but there are products that are designed to go with you wherever in the world you are.

Since reapplying sunscreen is so important during the summer, it can be frustrating to have to stop and apply a cream to your face every two hours, especially if you don’t want to carry a heavy bottle in your bag. There is a solution for those that want a quick dab of sunscreen without too much hassle. The Colorescience Sunforgettable Brush-On Shield with SPF 50 ($65, 0.21 oz) is a color-correcting on-the-go face powder in a brush that protects from UVA/UVB rays as well as blue light, and is water resistant! This 100% chemical-free, zinc-based powder contains hyaluronic acid to restore moisture with green tea and grape seed extracts to help battle the signs of aging. Just pop the brush in your bag and go!

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