A tinted moisturizer with SPF is basically the Swiss army knife of summer skin care. These multitasking products are exactly what their name suggests: moisturizers with a hint of color and coverage added in. While we always encourage our readers to apply a traditional sunscreen daily — and not rely on makeup products with added SPF as their main source of protection — look at a tinted moisturizer laced with SPF as the icing on your skin-care cake.
“I am personally obsessed with tinted SPF because they pack a super powerful punch of light coverage (so they can often take the place of makeup), giving the skin a flawless look while also protecting against UVA/UVB rays and blue light,” explains New York City-based board-certified dermatologist Shari Marchbein.
Many of these skin tints are also packed with nourishing ingredients that you’d find in non-colored face creams and serums — like hydrating hyaluronic acid, soothing aloe, and moisturizing glycerin. These lighter-weight bases are a solid, year-round alternative to a foundation when you need to even out your complexion or conceal a dark spot. Some even offer the coverage level of a heavier foundation, but without the goopy, cakey feeling that can be miserable on a hot summer day.
Below, we asked dermatologists and makeup artists to share their favorite tinted moisturizers with SPF and they delivered. We’ve compiled their recommendations into a one-stop shop for finding your summer face base. Keep scrolling to check out our experts’s picks.
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