The Best Tinted Sunscreens
From the L’Oreal Portfolio of Brands
Sunscreen is a must year-round, but if you haven’t started getting serious about your SPF use (tisk tisk) there’s no better time than now to start. While we at Skincare.com love sunscreens of all shapes and sizes, we especially enjoy tinted formulas with SPF once summer rolls around. The reason? Not only can these formulas help protect your surface skin against the harmful effects of the sun’s UV rays, but they can also provide you with sheer, lightweight coverage to help perfect the look of your complexion all in one step! If you loathe piling on heavy makeup in the warmer months—we don’t blame you!—tinted sunscreens may just be the two-in-one product your arsenal is missing. To that end, we’re sharing a handful of our favorite tinted sunscreens—from the L’Oreal portfolio of brands—ahead.
SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50
This Broad Spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen boasts translucent color spheres that can adapt to most skin tones. Its lightweight formula lends itself to being worn under makeup, but since it does provide some coverage, you can opt to wear it on its own too!
SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50, $34.00 MSRP
Kiehl’s Skin Tone Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream
Once summer rolls around, many like to swap out their heavy foundations in favor of a lightweight BB cream. Not only are many of these multi-taskers formulated with skin-benefitting ingredients—think: humectants, ceramides, antioxidants, and SPF—but they also boast light coverage to help even out skin’s tone. This BB cream in particular features Broad Spectrum SPF 50 and helps visibly improve skin tone irregularities and instantly perfects the look of your skin. Plus, it’s available in five shades, so there’s bound to be one that’s just right for you!
Editor’s note: While most BB creams are formulated with SPF, they may not offer enough sunscreen to provide adequate sun protection. As such, we recommend pairing your BB cream with Broad Spectrum sunscreen. If you prefer to wear your SPF-packed BB cream without additional Broad Spectrum sunscreen, be sure to follow the pack instructions to ensure you’re applying the proper amount and reapplying as necessary.
Kiehl’s Skin Tone Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream, $37.00 MSRP
Garnier SkinActive 5-in-1 Skin Perfector BB Cream Oil-Free
Another A+ beauty balm? Garnier’s SkinActive BB Cream. This 5-in-1 skin perfector mattifies skin, helps minimize the look of pores, evens skin’s tone, hydrates, and protects. Formulated with Broad Spectrum SPF 15, this oil-free formula helps defend the skin against sun damage while delivering an even, natural-looking tint. If you’re using the formula as your sole source of SPF protection, be sure to follow the instructions listed on the pack and reapply at least once every two hours or immediately after swimming, sweating, or toweling off.
SkinCeuticals Physical Eye UV Defense 50
Just as we protect our cheeks, nose, and forehead with sunscreen, we need to protect the delicate area around our eyes. The skin around our eyes is one of the first areas to show visible signs of aging, so it’s important to give it as much care as possible. SkinCeuticals Physical Eye Defense 50 is a non-migrating eye cream formulated with SPF 50 to help protect the skin from damaging UV rays. Its sheer, universal tint is suitable for all skin tones, and provides a great base to wear under makeup or simply on its own.
SkinCeuticals Physical Eye UV Defense 50, $30.00 MSRP
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral SPF 50 Sunscreen
For a tinted mineral sunscreen formulated with antioxidants, try La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios Mineral SPF 50 Sunscreen. Suitable to wear on its own or as a primer, this tinted formula instantly conceals imperfections for more even-looking skin and protects the skin against harmful UV rays! Plus, it’s water resistant for up to 40 minutes!
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral SPF 50 Sunscreen, $33.50 MSRP
Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Mineral Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50+
Suitable for sensitive skin types, Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Mineral Defense SPF 50+ is a non-comedogenic 100% mineral based sunscreen. Its lightweight formula boasts Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ protection and Vitamin E. With a universal sheer tint, this formula subtly enhances the appearance of the skin while keeping it protected.
IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+
Fight both sun damage and signs of aging with this IT Cosmetics CC Cream. It’s a triple threat as it can be used as a color-correcting cream, an anti-aging serum, and a broad-spectrum sunscreen. Flawless-looking skin that’s also protected against UV rays? Sign us up!
Lancôme Skin Feels Good Skin Nourishing Foundation
This oil-free skin tint can deliver a perfect “no makeup makeup” look while also protecting your skin from UV damage. With SPF 23 protection and lightweight coverage, you can hide the look of imperfections without sacrificing your sun protection.
Lancôme Skin Feels Good Skin Nourishing Foundation, $35.00 MSRP
Giorgio Armani 'Luminessence CC' Color Control Bright Moisturizer SPF 35
Looking for a tinted sunscreen that can also help improve the look of dull or lackluster skin? We’ve got you covered. The Giorgio Armani Luminessence CC Color Control Bright Moisturizer SPF 35 color corrects and brightens the skin. And we can’t forget about the inclusion of SPF 35 to protect against sun damage.
As important as wearing sunscreen is day in and day out, it should not be your only means of protection against skin-damaging UV rays. If you’re heading outdoors, reach for a hat or a pair of UV-safe sunglasses along with protective clothing. If possible, seek shade often and avoid peak sun hours when the rays are most powerful. As a reminder, sunscreen is not a one-and-done sort of ordeal. Everyone—we repeat: everyone—must reapply their formula of choice at least once every two hours, if not sooner.