When it comes to sunscreen shopping, there are a few non-negotiable boxes that have to be checked. One, making sure it’s a broad-spectrum formula (AKA that it shields your skin from both UVA and UVB rays). Two, it should (ideally) have at least an SPF 30, the minimum protection level recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology.
But after that, the choices are pretty much up to you. Do you want physical or chemical protection? As a quick reminder, the former uses minerals that sit on top of your skin to deflect rays; the latter penetrate into your skin to prevent UV rays from damaging the skin cells. Lotion, powder, or stick? There’s also the question of tinted or not.
Convinced you should try one? Check out the best tinted sunscreens below.
SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50
Ideal for all skin types, including the prone group, this mineral block is non-comedogenic and non-paraben- and fragrance-free. Translucent color spheres give it a slight shimmer that’s just enough to balance out your teint, and since it’s water-resistant for up to 40 minutes, it’s one of our go-to’s for beach or outdoor workouts. Also worth noting: It contains a plankton extract that increases the resilience of your skin to the stress induced by UV and heat.
Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense Sunscreen SPF 30
Clean beauty lovers should enjoy this formula free from fragrances, colourings, parabens and silicones. What it contains: a strong 20 percent concentration of zinc oxide to block the light, plus two strong antioxidants to defend against harmful free radicals for a second stage.
Peter Thomas Roth Max Mineral Naked Broad Spectrum SPF 45
This all-mineral alternative protects your skin with a mixture of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, then upsets the ante for extra protection with antioxidant vitamins A, C, & E. Since it comes only in one hue, it mixes well with most light to medium skin tones. Thanks to the addition of diamond powder, we’re particularly big fans of the subtle luminosity it imparts.
Suntegrity 5-in-1 Tinted Moisturizing Sunscreen
Bringing the antioxidant and hydration game to a new level, this natural mineral recipe plays with certified organic aloe vera, jojoba, sunflower, pomegranate, cucumber, and green tea extract. Creamy and smooth, it glides seamlessly and comes in four shades, although it is worth noting that they are skewing towards lighter and medium tones of skin.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30
Established to hydrate skin for up to 12 hours (thank you, hyaluronic acid), and with flawless, buildable coverage, this is in and of itself a top-notch tinted moisturizer. Added SPF security is just the cherry on top, combined with the fact that this round-up also includes nine colours, the majority of any product.
Supergoop 100% Mineral Smooth & Poreless Matte Screen SPF 40
Upon layering this under a makeup, or using it alone to even out your complexion and tamp down unwanted shine, the staying power of your foundation. You will be reaping the sun-protective and hydrating benefits anyway. In addition, it includes butterfly bush extract, an element that protects your skin from the harmful blue light that your phone and computer screens emit. With the time we spend on our laptops we will not say no to that.