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This Is The Best Switch I’ve Made For My Skin In Years

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I recently made a pretty significant change to my makeup based on a suggestion from my esthetician. She recommended that I try ditching my foundation for a while in favor of something I had never really considered before: tinted sunscreen!

I’ve been wearing it for a couple of weeks now, and I love lightness that comes along with wearing fewer “layers” on my face. (And if I feel the need to add a little more coverage, like if we’re going to be shooting photos that day, I’ll buff some mineral powder foundation over the top. Easy!)

Tinted sunscreen is lightweight, makes my skin feel smooth, and, most importantly of all, it provides the UVA and UVB protection my skin needs. (If you could use a refresher on the difference between these two types of UV rays why it’s so important to protect your skin from both, check out this post.)

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Why Use A Tinted Sunscreen?

Any dermatologist or esthetician will tell you that sunscreen is the single most important step in any skincare routine. It doesn’t just prevent sunburns when you’re outside on sunny days—it also protects your skin from the damaging and aging effects of UV light that remain a threat no matter what the weather is like!

Skincare products like masks and serums, as well as certain drugs used to treat acne, often contain ingredients that make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. And if you use those products but don’t apply sunscreen every day, you’re making your skin more vulnerable to wrinkles, dark spots, and more sensitivity.

That’s why many skin experts say that if you only apply one skincare product every day, it should be one that contains sunscreen! And that’s why tinted sunscreen is such a no-brainer, too—it’s like applying sunscreen, moisturizer, and foundation in one single step!

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The Case For Mineral Sunscreens

But the presence of SPF isn’t the only thing worth considering when shopping for a tinted sunscreen. My esthetician recommended I use a tinted mineral sunscreen, because they’re more effective and better for the environment than chemical sunscreens.

Not only will a tinted sunscreen protect you from the aforementioned aging and damaging effects of the sun, but it’s a better choice for sensitive skin than other types of sunscreens too. Zinc and titanium, the two primary minerals in most mineral sunscreens, are gentle and effective, while the addition of a tint helps to eliminate the white cast they sometimes leave behind on skin.

If your instinct is to apply tinted sunscreen lightly, keep in mind that mineral sunscreens need to physically cover your skin in order to provide proper sun protection. More is more when it comes to mineral sunscreen application!

If you’re ready to give a tinted sunscreen a try for yourself, I’ve included my top 3 picks for you below!

My Top 3 Picks For Tinted Sunscreen

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1. CeraVe Tinted Sunscreen SPF 30 ($17)

CeraVe products are frequently recommended by skin experts because they’re affordable and have short, simple ingredient lists that aren’t packed with fillers. This tinted sunscreen from CeraVe contains three essential ceramides (the “glue” that holds our skin cells together) and niacinamide (a form of vitamin B3 that protects against environmental damage).

As far as the amount of tint goes, this one mimics the look of a medium-coverage foundation. It may look a little thick and shiny right when you put it on, but after about 10 minutes or so it settles in and looks great!

2. Kinship Self Reflect Probiotic Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 32 ($25)

If you’re looking for something a little bit lighter in terms of tint, or if you have oily skin, Kinship Self Reflect Probiotic Moisturizing Sunscreen is a great choice. It’s super sheer, blends effortlessly, and is suitable for darker skin tones. (And as an added bonus, this formula also contains probiotics that can help restore the skin barrier and clear up acne!)

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3. Revision Intellishade Original Tinted Moisturizer SPF 45 ($75*)

This option is definitely more of a splurge than the others in this list, but considering that it’s a 5-in-1 product that corrects, protects, conceals, brightens, and hydrates, you’re getting plenty of value for your money! No need to worry about how you layer your makeup, moisturizer, and sunscreen, because this one does it all!

Packed with botanical extracts and antioxidants, this tinted sunscreen also offers a higher degree of sun protection than many others you can find on the market today.

*Note: While this sunscreen retails at $75, I was able to get it on Walmart.com for just $53 (with 6% cash back from Rakuten on top of that!)

Now that I know how easy it is to get protection, hydration, and coverage from a tinted sunscreen, I don’t know if I’ll ever go back to using plain old foundation ever again.

Have you tried a tinted sunscreen yet?

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  • I’ve started using the Cerave tinted sunscreen on my working days. I never know how much time Ill have to be outside. I’ve been using the Revlon colorstay on my days off. The tinted sunscreen does give my skin a slight glow and my skin looks slightly darker. I was impressed with how natural it looks on me.

  • The sun is not to be avoided. It is life-giving and ensuring you get enough sunshine on your skin is important for so many reasons including Vit D production, contrary to what dermatologists want us to believe that the sun is damaging and should be avoided. I am in the Phoenix sunshine every day at high noon year round in a bikini. Every day. I have never been healthier since starting this regimen 3 years ago.

  • I want to comment, but it is a bit off course…sorry! Anyway, I have always had oily skin, which of course meant breakouts and my makeup needing attendance every few hours…makeup looking oily in the middle of the workday, you know! Now, at 65, I still had oily skin, pretty much. I recently decided to get into essential oils, and I also purchased carrier oils. I decided to try using just a bit of coconut oil on my face after my night-time cleansing before I went to bed. I did this for no real reason…it just felt so nice! Anyway, on the third or fourth morning, I woke up and my skin was dry, and I was totally perplexed! Long story short…the oils actually balanced my skin! I no longer have “oily” skin, but it is like normal-dry (LITTLE dry) skin. It is WAY more balanced than it has ever been in my life! On a more current note, I recently purchased a tinted moisturizer to replace my prior us of foundation! God bless all! :-)

    • I LOVE coconut oil and use it as a moisturizer on my face and neck (sometimes other parts of my body as well) every morning and evening. I have very DRY skin and it helps balance it as well.

  • I have very light, but sensitive skin. I found that my local pharmacy that carries make up products has “Wet and Wild” make up that is very reasonably priced and not a heavy foundation. I buy their light foundation and use it sparingly. I do not use powder, but do use their blush and lipsticks.

    • Barbara, you should still apply moisturizer before you apply the tinted sunscreen. Just make sure your moisturizer is fully absorbed before you apply the sunscreen.

  • I’ve used Paula’s Choice Resist Super-Light Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 tinted mineral sunscreen with 13% zinc oxide. It’s works for for all skin types, including oily. It smooths the look of pores and evens out your complexion without being heavy or looking artificial. The ingredients also include ceramides, resveratrol, willow bark extract, pomegranate extract, and quercetin. I have very sensitive skin; this has never given me a minute’s trouble . . . and I’ve been using it for at least 8 years.

  • I haven’t tried one yet. My main problem is I’ve always had oily skin. And with our Humid climate in warmer weather makeup will just sweat right off my face. I’ve been using a tinted Cream -Dream BB pure by Maybelline. It’s has salicic acid. If it just had a Sunscreen in the formula it would be perfect. I haven’t tested it out yet with warmer weather.

    • I live in the humid southern United States. I’ve always used Revlon Color Stay foundation with success in the hot months. For me, waterproof mascaras and eyeliners are also a must in the hot months.

      • Definitely. I’ve got to have my waterproof Mascara living in the humid Midwest. I haven’t used Revlons foundation – but I have their Photo ready concealer. I love it.

  • Mica in mineral powder foundations makes my skin itch and burn. I’m assuming the same would be true with tinted mineral sunscreen. Has anyone else with that issue tried tinted sunscreen?

    • The tinted sunscreen I use (no mineral powder) is Paula’s Choice Resist Super-Light Wrinkle Defense SPF30. It has a lot of good ingredients in it that are good for skin. There is no mica listed . . . but way down on the list of ingredients is something called “hydrated silica”. Would that be the same thing? This is a great product that works for my super sensitive skin.

      • No, it’s not the same. Mica adds shimmer and the silica helps absorb oil for a matte finish, if I understand it correctly. Thanks for sharing your brand I’ll have to check that out!

  • I’ve been doing this for years. Sometimes “older” ladies seem to think that putting on heavy foundation covers wrinkles but all it does is accentuate them. Since you need sunscreen everyday anyway, tinted is the way to go. You can even take basic “white” sunscreen and mix with a bit of your foundation if you can’t find what you want in the tinted sunscreens.

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