Tinted Vs. Un-Tinted Sunscreen, Which Is Better?

Depending on where you hear about the latest in skincare trends, you may have noticed that tinted sunscreens are becoming more and more popular each year. While you may know they provide an extra layer of “glow” or help even your skin tone when enjoying a day in the sun, there’s actually more going on beneath the surface (so to speak) that sets a tinted formula apart from its non-tinted sunscreen counterparts.

Let’s learn what makes tinted sunscreen different and whether you should be using it regularly.

Why Use Sunscreen In The First Place?

Before we talk about sunscreen, we should establish why we need it. The short answer is that the sun damages skin and can cause painful sunburns or even skin cancer over time without protection. The longer answer helps clarify the difference between types of sunscreens and cosmetic products that claim to have SPF.

There are two types of light that can harm your skin: UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin causing a breakdown of important structures such as collagen and elastin leading to wrinkles, pigmentation and dehydration. UVB rays are closer to the surface of the skin causing it to burn.)

Visible light can also harm skin, particularly toward the blue end of the spectrum. Different wavelengths of light are used to treat certain skin conditions due to how they’re absorbed by different structures. Blue light, increasingly encountered in our daily lives through device screens of all types, has been shown to stimulate pigment production, leading to issues like hyperpigmentation.

This is why sunscreen is important: to protect the long-term look and health of our skin. But not all sunscreens work in the same way.

What is Tinted Sunscreen?

Tinted sunscreen refers to a mineral-based, broad-spectrum sunscreen that contains a blend of additional pigments to help blend your sunscreen into whatever skin color you naturally have. This differs from other effective mineral-based sunscreens that leave a characteristic white film or streak on the skin – think of the iconic stripe of white on lifeguards’ noses.

In this case, the main benefit of tinted sunscreen is that it helps you look more natural while still providing the best type of sun protection with reflecting as opposed to absorbent active ingredients.

Additional Benefits For Specific Skin Conditions

However, tinted sunscreens hold an additional benefit in that they also block visible light, particularly helpful for people who may be susceptible to hyperpigmentation or melasma. As mentioned earlier, blue light in the visible spectrum is particularly effective at stimulating pigmentation, which is why a tinted sunscreen may be even more beneficial for people worried about those conditions.

What is Un-Tinted Sunscreen?

Non-tinted sunscreen can come in a variety of types of formulas. They can even be thought to include makeup and cosmetic products like lip balm that include SPF (sun protection factor). A good mineral-based zinc oxide sunscreen can be un-tinted, and with a high-quality formula, it may even go on clear and feel lightweight. However, in most cases, un-tinted sunscreen provides less protection than un-tinted broad-spectrum mineral sunscreen, unless it also has a mineral-based formula.

How To Use Tinted Sunscreen

Tinted sunscreens blend the line between skincare product and makeup a little bit, since they’re designed to help mask the appearance of the active ingredients with additional pigment. Before applying sunscreen, it’s probably a good idea to cleanse and moisturize your face, so the sunscreen doesn’t clog your pores or dry out your skin with sun exposure.

Use a small amount at first, applying it across your face with a special focus on points like the forehead, nose, and other prominent areas. Smooth it outward until it looks natural and your entire face is covered. If you feel you didn’t reach every area, layer a smaller amount on top until it looks good.

Wait for the sunscreen to dry before attempting to apply any other kind of makeup.

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