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5 Best Tinted Sunscreens for Redheads

and why tinted sunscreen should be every redhead's summer go-to

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:

1. Alastin Skincare HydraTint Pro Mineral Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 36

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.

SPF: 36

Price: $82

Type: Physical (Titanium Dioxide 8.9%, Zinc Oxide 3.4%)


2. MDSolarSciences Mineral Tinted Crème SPF 30

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.

SPF: 30

Price: $32

Type: Physical (2% Titanium Dioxide, 17% Zinc Oxide)


3. La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Ultra-Light Tinted Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50

This fast-absorbing tint sinks into the skin creating a natural glow to last all day.
SPF: 50
Price: $40
Type: Physical (Titanium Dioxide 11%)

4. PCA SKIN Sheer Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 45

We’ve been obsessed with this product for a while now –– and for good reason. The added antioxidant protection and water-resistant make this the perfect sunscreen for an ultimate redhead glow.
SPF: 45
Price: $50
Type: Physical (Titanium Dioxide 6.0%, Zinc Oxide 8.0%)

5. EltaMD UV Daily Tinted Broad-Spectrum SPF 40

This creamy sunscreen is packed with hyaluronic acid to boost moisture retention and diminish fine lines.
SPF: 40
Price: $32
Type: Physical and chemical (9.0% Zinc Oxide, 7.5% Octinoxate)
Would you try any of these products on your redhead skin? Rock it like a Redhead!