The 4 Best Natural Tinted Sunscreens: Tested and Approved

Vetted By: Gail Slogoff

5.23.24

In celebration of the unofficial start to summer aka Memorial Day Weekend, let’s all take a trip down memory lane and think about our adventures in tanning from when we were growing up:

Did you use QT Suntan lotion to get your healthy glow?

Do you know what a Foil Reflector is?

Who lathered on baby oil mixed with iodine?

How many tanning bed memberships did you own?

Can you recall the sweet smell and orange slimy orange color of Bain de Soleil?

Did you listen for the “Tan Tones” on the radio that reminded you to flip sides?

My how things have changed since we were young! You’ve heard it before, but sun protection is really important when it comes to your health. It’s true that being outdoors can do you a lot of good, but you shouldn’t be outdoors without some form of sunscreen. UV radiation can cause early aging, sunburn, and even skin cancer, making daily sunscreen critical. Wearing sunscreen with an SPF level of 30 or higher helps prevent sun damage and reduces the risk of skin cancer.

We should all be using sunscreen every day to guard against sun damage, but if you also typically wear makeup every day, a tinted sunscreen is a great way to save time with your skincare and beauty routine. With so many products on the market, you might be wondering, “What does tinted sunscreen actually do?” Tinted sunscreen is exactly what it sounds like. A sunscreen that protects skin from harmful UV rays while also giving your skin coverage and a light tint like a foundation. The best tinted sunscreens even out skin tone, blur imperfections, and even out fine lines in addition to offering natural-looking coverage similar to light foundation or tinted moisturizer, perfect for everyday wear. It's the ultimate two-in-one solution, giving you customizable coverage while keeping your skin safe and glowing with a dewy finish. And when you use a mineral face sunscreen, you have the added benefit of natural ingredients that won't harm your skin with chemicals like titanium dioxide.

Here is my list of the Best Natural Tinted Sunscreens:

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Colorescience, Sunforgettable Total Protection Face Shield Flex SPF 50 ($54)

A lightweight tinted mineral sunscreen, this option immediately evens out skin tone for a flawless look. This hydrating, antioxidant-rich all-mineral formula is powered by patented EnviroScreen® Technology - which means comprehensive defense against UVA/UVB, Blue Light, Pollution, and Infrared radiation, combined with advanced antioxidants and nourishing, hydrating ingredients for long-term skin health. FLEX features innovative, iron oxide pigments that bloom in your fingertips to deliver tone-adapting buildable color coverage with a demi-matte finish. Safe for all skin types, including sensitive skin.

*Available in four flexible shades, each color is ideal for a broad range of skin tones and under tones. If you are not sure between two shades, I recommend getting the lighter one to ensure a good match.

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RMS, Super Natural Radiance Serum SPF 30 ($48)

A tinted skin nourishing, mineral-based daily sunscreen serum and soft focus radiant complexion corrector with natural-looking illumination and SPF 30 broad spectrum protection. This serum evens out skin tone, boosts radiance and corrects imperfections with a subtle hint of tint, while non-nano zinc oxide protects from the sun’s damaging rays. Formulated with complexion correcting soft-focus technology and powered by GlowPlex™, a complex of natural peptides and key ingredients such as Quinoa Seed Extract, Niacinamide and Pea Extract, this unique lightweight formula smoothes skin and boosts radiance instantly and over time.

*This natural sunscreen enhances your skin with effective sun protection, a natural tint, and a nice glow. What's not to love?

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Elta MD, UV Clear Tinted Broad Spectrum SPF 46 ($45)

This product is a lightweight sunscreen with a sheer tint to help even skin tone. Formulated with 5% Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) to help reduce the appearance of blemishes, dark spots, and discoloration on your skin for a smooth appearance. This broad spectrum sunscreen contains micronized zinc oxide to protect your skin from damaging UVA rays (aging) and UVB rays (burning) that comes from sun exposure. Ideal for daily use on various skin types, fragrance-free, paraben-free and non-comedogenic, meaning if you have acne-prone skin it won't clog your pores.

*This hypoallergenic sunscreen is perfect for skin that is prone to discoloration and breakouts. If you have sensitive skin, this is a great option for you!

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Mad Hippie, Sheer Tint Sun Serum ($23)

A zinc SPF 29 that leaves no trace - just soft, smooth, protected skin! A hint of mineral tint allows for a flawless application that blends into all skin tones plus an antioxidant boost to protect skin from damaging free radicals!

This tinted sunscreen contains: Vitamin C – One of the most vital ingredients in any effective skin care regimen, is a powerful antioxidant and can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles & discoloration, while fighting aging free radicals from UV exposure. Shea Butter – Used in Africa for centuries for its moisturizing & soothing properties, shea butter is a rich source of the powerful antioxidants vitamins A & E, crucial fatty acids, and cinnamic acid. Other active ingredients include Pomegranate Seed Oil, Resveratrol, Hyaluronic Acid and Squalane which are all potent antioxidants that help make this tinted sunscreen a real winner.

*If you're looking for a less-expensive price point, this is a really great affordable option to protect your skin while adding a slight tint!

Happy Summer!!

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