Better Protection: What to Look for in a Tinted Sunscreen for Your Face

Pair light coverage with SPF 30 or higher.

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Tinted sunscreens are sheer enough to let your natural complexion shine—but still offer a hint of coverage.Pexels/Chermiti Mohamed

Skipping sunscreen is a big no no—no matter the weather forecast. But layering sunscreen amid a host of other facial products (foundation, BB cream, moisturizer and serums) each morning can feel cakey and overwhelming. That’s why tinted sunscreen is such a great way to simplify your morning makeup routine, whether you wear it solo or layer it under foundation. Here’s how to find one that’ll work for you.

CeraVe Tinted Sunscreen with SPF 30 | Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen With Zinc Oxide & Titanium Dioxide

Guard Against Harmful Rays

Lightweight coverage provides a natural looking glow without chemical active ingredients.CeraVe

Dermatologists recommend that your sunscreen has an SPF 30 or higher to guard against both UVA and UVB rays. To make sure you get the protection you need, a good rule of thumb is to apply approximately one teaspoon of tinted sunscreen for your face, neck and ears.

EltaMD UV Clear Tinted Face Sunscreen Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 for Sensitive or Acne-Prone Skin

Won’t Irritate Skin

This unscented formula contains niacinamide and lactic acid to soothe an irritated complexion.EltaMD

Just like you choose a moisturizer or foundation based on your skin type, the same rule applies for sunscreen. For dry skin, it’s best to use lotions and creams with hydrating ingredients such as shea butter or hyaluronic acid. If your skin is oily, try a lightweight liquid- or gel-based sunscreen that won’t clog pores.

COOLA Organic Mineral Face Matte Tint Sunscreen, SPF 30, Reef-Safe, Unscented 1.7 Fl Oz

Stay Shine-Free

This formula is fragrance-free and the finish cuts down on shine.COOLA

Not all sunscreens leave a shiny, white cast on the skin. If you want to protect oily skin, look for a mattifying formula that you can top with an SPF-infused mineral powder to set the face and add extra coverage.