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Wearing sunscreen is absolutely necessary — just ask any dermatologist. In fact, your mom, your BFF and your co-worker with great skin will all agree. However, if you’re not a fan of layering skin care products, these three-in-one tinted sunscreens can act as your moisturizer, sunscreen and foundation all at once.
These aren’t the greasy, oily sunscreens you might think, either. Sunscreen has come a long way over the years. These formulas are all lightweight, sheer and feel silky smooth — and they’re almost all mineral sunscreens.
Mineral sunscreen contains ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide that physically block UV rays from the skin. On the other hand, chemical sunscreens use chemicals that penetrate the skin to filter out UV rays. According to Sun Bum, chemical sunscreens absorb UV rays, convert them into heat and send them back out into the world.
Neither type is better than the other in protecting your skin — and the FDA regulates both. However, chemical sunscreens tend to have a greasier feel, and some may contain chemicals that could cause harm to coral reefs.
Find seven of the best tinted sunscreens for glowing, protected skin below.
1. EltaMD UV Daily Tinted Broad-Spectrum SPF 40, $34.50
If you haven’t heard, this is the tinted sunscreen Hailey Bieber uses for her glowing skin, and it’s now going viral on TikTok. It contains hyaluronic acid for moisturizing your skin, has an SPF of 40 and is super lightweight.
2. AKT Therapy Elemental Sun Balm, $48
AKT Therapy’s Elemental Sun Balm is a moisturizing face balm that you can wear on its own as a foundation or under your regular stuff. It feels silky-smooth on your face and even has a pore-blurring effect, like a makeup primer. Additionally, it contains meadowfoam and grapeseed oil to help reduce redness, according to the product description.
[Editor’s note: I recently got a sample of this product, and I’ve been using it as my foundation. The brand also makes a great bronzer with SPF that I like! It makes my skin glow so much that my boyfriend even asked about it.]
This is the tinted moisturizer Meghan Markle famously uses (or at least she’s mentioned in interviews that it was one of her favorites). It comes in 20 different shades, all of which contain oil-absorbing powders and vitamin E to protect against sun damage, according to the product description. It has a great matte finish because of the powders.
Supergoop has risen in popularity over the years for good reason: Its sunscreen is easy to apply, doesn’t feel greasy and is good for your skin. The brand’s CC cream comes in 15 shades and offers SPF 50 — the highest SPF on this list. While it’s sheer, it’s also buildable if you want a little more coverage.
Tower 28’s SunnyDays tinted sunscreen and foundation are especially great for people with acne or sensitive skin. Its fragrance-free mineral sunscreen is also a light-medium foundation, so it gives you a bit more coverage. It also contains prickly-pear extract, which, according to the product description, can help repair and protect from blue-light pollution.
If you have particularly oily skin, give bareMinerals tinted sunscreen a try. It has more of a gel consistency than a heavy cream or oil. However, it contains hyaluronic acid and squalane to provide all-day hydration while protecting you from the sun.
Love Sun Body is big on being 100% natural. Its products are all reef-safe, cruelty-free and vegan, too. The tinted sunscreen moisturizer only comes in four shades, but according to the product description, each is formulated to blend with almost every skin tone, like a BB cream. Unlike most others on this list, this tinted sunscreen is also waterproof for up to 40 minutes.
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