May is Melanoma Awareness Month and all redheads know sunscreen is a must for redheads. It’s essential to incorporate sunscreen into your daily regimen and re-apply every two hours. We get it though – no one likes those heavy, white tinted sunscreens that make you look even paler. That’s why we’re here to introduce you to our favorite ‘Redhead Friendly’ tinted sunscreens. [This is different than tinted moisturizers. Also recommended daily underneath tinted or regular sunscreen.]
Tinted sunscreens do just want they say: add a tint of color to your sunscreen. Essentially, you’re adding a tint to your skin while protecting it from harmful UV rays. It’s a great product to start wearing as we approach summer. You can also say goodbye to heavy, caked on foundation when it’s humid and hot. Tinted sunscreen can even be used in place of foundation too! Talk about a boost in confidence.
To refresh your memory, there are two types of sunscreens: physical (mineral) and chemical. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are both physical. They work by sitting on top of the skin to protect it from damaging UV rays. Think of them as physical blockers.
Zinc oxide is more preferred since it is broad-spectrum in UVA and UVB, which titanium dioxide is not. Zinc oxide absorbs better, meaning safer and better protection.
We’ve rounded up our top favorite ‘Redhead Friendly’ approved tinted sunscreens and listed their SPF and type:
We recently were introduced to the Alastin Skincare line and fell instantly in love with this product. It’s lightweight and goes smooth, giving you a dewy glow. It offers a natural hint of color that’s compatible with all skin types.
Type: Physical (Titanium Dioxide 8.9%, Zinc Oxide 3.4%)
You can’t go wrong with this mineral-tinted sunscreen from MDSolarSciences. It’s hypoallergenic and fragrance-free, so it’s great for those with very sensitive skin.
Type: Physical (2% Titanium Dioxide, 17% Zinc Oxide)