The 34 Best Tinted Moisturizers for Dewier, Glowier Skin

The 34 Best Tinted Moisturizers for Dewier, Glowier Skin

The best tinted moisturizers are multitaskers that rise to the challenge of hydrating and protecting your skin from sun damage, while also helping you look even and radiant in the process. The viral no-makeup makeup look is one aesthetic so many have tried to replicate, and having the right products is key. If you want glowing skin without the heavy coverage of a full foundation, you may want to consider adding a high-quality tinted moisturizer to your skin-care routine. 

What exactly is a tinted moisturizer?“The simplest way to think of tinted moisturizer is as a regular moisturizer plus pigment,” says Uchenna Okereke, MD, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist in Boston. Depending on your skin needs, the pigment could be used for color correction or simply to add a glow to your natural skin tone.

They also come in many forms, the simplest being a face moisturizer with an added skin tint for a natural glow (that can feel like a light foundation) and usually some SPF component. There are also makeup/skin-care products like BB creams and CC creams that share the moisturizing properties of a moisturizer and the blurring, color-correcting effects of a sheer foundation. You’ll usually find added SPF benefits in those too. 

It’s important to remember that while many of these products do have some element of sunscreen protection, you probably don’t want to stop there. Dermatologists typically recommend that people wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to protect against both UVA and UVB rays. They also note that while BB creams and CC creams can provide some sun protection, you’re still going to get the best coverage (especially if you’ll be in the sun for extended periods of time) if you layer a dedicated sunscreen on top. 

How to choose a tinted moisturizer?When you’re choosing a tinted moisturizer, a good place to start is with your skin type, Dr. Okereke says. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, go for one that’s oil-free and non-comedogenic (i.e. it’s been formulated to avoid clogging pores). Or steer clear of fragrance and harsh ingredients that could cause irritation, like alcohol or witch hazel, if you have sensitive skin. For normal, combination, or dry skin, Dr. Okereke recommends tinted moisturizers with hydrating ingredients, like hyaluronic acid, ceramides, or squalane.

If you’re ready to add tinted moisturizer to your morning routine, here are some of the best tinted moisturizers that come with the seal of approval from dermatologists and makeup artists.

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