Editor’s Picks: 21 of the Best Tinted Mineral Sunscreens for Your Face and Body

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Just a few years ago, it was hard to find a good SPF 30 mineral sunscreen—let alone one with a tint!

Fortunately, that's no longer the case. Anyone who has experienced the notorious white cast from physical sunscreens will be happy to know that there are now PLENTY of non-whitening, tinted SPF alternatives.

Tinted sunscreen is also ideal if you're looking for a little more coverage, to perhaps even replace your usual BB or CC cream, tinted moisturizer or foundation.

What's more, you don't have to sacrifice on sun protection. The options below all meet or come very close to my criteria for sunscreens. That means they've got high enough levels of active ingredients to shield you from both UVA and UVB rays.

Now, there's no reason not to use a mineral SPF!

The Best Tinted Sunscreens

Tinted sunscreen

Tinted sunscreens from Juice Beauty, Drunk Elephant, W3ll People, Avène, Suntegrity, Ava Isa and Beautycounter.

Here's a recap of what I look for in a sunscreen:

  • Zinc oxide: For complete UVA and UVB protection, I like to see at least 20 percent zinc oxide. Or, 15 to 20 percent zinc oxide with at least 7.5 percent titanium dioxide. Note: I've included a few formulas that don't quite meet these numbers, but come very close!
  • PUFA-free or low-PUFA: PUFAs are polyunsaturated fatty acids—unstable oils that interact with UV light to cause skin damage. They shouldn't be present in high concentrations (I look at the first five to 10 ingredients).
  • Silicone-free or low-silicone: It's a matter of personal preference, but I avoid silicones because they dehydrate my skin and promote clogging.
  • Fragrance-free or low-fragrance: No fragrance is always best, especially if you have sensitive skin. 
  • Water-resistant: If you plan to be swimming or sweating a lot, you may want to choose a water-resistant sunscreen to ensure you stay protected.
  • Cruelty-free: The only brand in this guide that is NOT cruelty-free is Avène.
  • Reef-safe: As they are all mineral sunscreens, nothing here is harmful to coral reefs!

Ready to discover your best tinted sun cream? Read on!

Ava Isa Aurora Rose Ultra Matte SPF 45 Sunscreen

✓High-zinc ✓PUFA-free ✓Silicone-free Fragrance-free ✓Cruelty-free ✓Reef-safe

Ava Isa Aurora Rose Ultra Matte SPF 45 Sunscreen

Ava Isa Aurora Rose Ultra Matte SPF 45 Sunscreen

Ava Isa Aurora Rose Ultra Matte SPF 45 Sunscreen is part of a new range from The Sunscreen Company. (They also make CyberDerm Simply Zinc, another amazing SPF.) This sunscreen comes in one matte nude-rose tint with very subtle shimmer (I can't detect it on my skin). There is also a non-tinted version, FYI. I would describe the texture as a light cream-gel that dries down to feel like nothing is on your skin. And it's silicone-free!

It's the highest SPF they've offered to date (SPF 45), even though it only contains 15 percent zinc oxide. As outlined in my sunscreen ingredients tutorial, that would usually amount to an SPF 24. The reason it's higher is because they're now using a patent-pending, certified organic material that increases the UV protection by 60 percent. (This is different than what many companies are doing to get high SPF numbers—adding anti-inflammatories and antioxidants to their formulas. Because of the flawed way SPF ratings are calculated, ingredients that reduce redness will give a formula a higher "score." Even if it has low levels of actives and is not actually more protective!)

The bottom line? Ava Isa is a TRUE SPF 45—you won't be disappointed!

Avène Tinted Mineral Fluid SPF 50+

✓High-zinc ✓Low-PUFA ✓Silicone-free Fragrance-free ✓Water-resistant ✓Reef-safe

Avene Tinted Mineral Fluid SPF 50

Avène Tinted Mineral Fluid SPF 50+

Avène Tinted Mineral Fluid SPF 50+ is a lightweight mineral sunscreen that gives you 80 minutes of water-resistance, despite containing no silicones. (I was happily surprised at that, too!) This formula comes in one universal sheer tint that is said to absorb fast, leaving a matte finish. 

With 14.6 percent zinc oxide and 11.4 percent titanium dioxide, you're getting almost complete UVA and UVB protection. (It's shy of my zinc requirement by only 0.4 percent!)

Beautycounter Countersun Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Mist SPF 30

✓Low-PUFA ✓Silicone-free Water-resistant ✓Cruelty-free ✓Reef-safe

Beautycounter Countersun Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Mist SPF 30

Beautycounter Countersun Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Mist SPF 30

Beautycounter Countersun Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Mist SPF 30 is not only one of the few mineral sunscreens that comes in a spray format, but it is also tinted and water-resistant! There are two shades, Light/Medium and Medium/Deep, and you are getting 80 minutes of water-resistance.

In terms of protection, there is 14.5 percent zinc oxide in here, which is slightly low for the face (I'd like to see 7.5 percent titanium dioxide with it). But it should be fine for using on your body, or as a top-up to another sunscreen.

Beautycounter Dew Skin Moisturizing Coverage SPF 20

✓Low-PUFA Fragrance-free ✓Cruelty-free ✓Reef-safe

Beautycounter Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20

Beautycounter Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20

Beautycounter Dew Skin Moisturizing Coverage SPF 20 is a low-silicone tinted moisturizer that delivers sheer coverage and a bit of sun protection. This is a cream-gel that comes in five shades, so everyone should be able to find their match! (No. 1, the lightest, is mine.) As per the product name, the finish is dewy, although you could certainly powder that down in your T-zone.

Since the active ingredient is 14 percent zinc oxide, they're only claiming SPF 20 for this formula—not enough for the beach, but perfect for summer office days.

CyberDerm Simply Zinc Ultra Transparent Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

✓High-zinc ✓Low-PUFA ✓Silicone-free Fragrance-free ✓Cruelty-free ✓Reef-safe

CyberDerm Simply Zinc Ultra Transparent Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

CyberDerm Simply Zinc Ultra Transparent Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

CyberDerm Simply Zinc Ultra Transparent Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 is a new and improved version of the original Simply Zinc, which I've used and loved for years. I've been testing it for a few months, and I'm so impressed! 

It is now tinted, with a unique texture that reminds me of dry-oil fluid foundations. (Think: Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup.) In other words, it's very thin, fluid and easy to spread, giving you sheer coverage—and unlike Armani, no silicones! Once it dries, there is no texture on the skin.

The reformulated Simply Zinc Ultra also features the highest level of zinc oxide I've ever seen (25 percent!), as well as a higher SPF (SPF 50!). 

Derma E Tinted Moisturizing BB Cream SPF 30+

✓High-zinc ✓PUFA-free ✓Silicone-free ✓Fragrance-free ✓Cruelty-free ✓Reef-safe

Derma E Tinted Moisturizing BB Cream SPF 30

Derma E Tinted Moisturizing BB Cream SPF 30+

If you're looking for coverage and sun protection in one, the new Derma E Tinted Moisturizing BB Cream SPF 30+ is a great option. It's a BB cream that comes in five shades: Fair, Light, Medium, Tan and Deep. This could easily replace a lightweight foundation.

You will also be fully protected with the 20 percent concentration of zinc oxide.

Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense SPF 30

✓High-zinc ✓Low-PUFA ✓Low-silicone Fragrance-free Cruelty-free ✓Reef-safe

Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense SPF 30

Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense SPF 30

Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense SPF 30 is a true tinted sunscreen—no coverage, but ideal if you're looking for a lightweight, non-whitening SPF.

It comes in just one tint, which should be suitable for all but the very fair, because it is so sheer. Out of the tube, it has a refreshing gel-like quality that is easy to spread and blend (no silicones). Similar to Beautycounter Dew Skin, it doesn't really dry down and stays dewy, so you may find you need to strategically powder. There is also some fine shimmer running through it, but for what it's worth, I can never see it on my face!

In terms of protection, you're getting an excellent 20 percent zinc oxide in here.

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Moisturizer

✓High-zinc ✓Low-PUFA ✓Silicone-free Cruelty-free ✓Reef-safe

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Moisturizer

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Moisturizer

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Moisturizer is a BB cream suitable for normal to dry or mature skin. It gives ultra-light coverage and is silicone-free; this formula is said to be more moisturizing than their CC Cream below. It is available in three tints, as well as a sheer version.

It was recently reformulated, so now all the shades contain 20 percent zinc oxide!

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream SPF 30

✓High-zinc ✓Low-PUFA ✓Silicone-free ✓Paraben-free ✓Cruelty-free ✓Reef-safe

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream SPF 30

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream SPF 30

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream SPF 30 is a CC cream with broad-spectrum sun protection and tons of natural ingredients. The first thing you will notice is how incredible it smells!

There are five shades (my match is the lightest one, Natural Glow), offering very sheer coverage—maybe just enough to even out your tone. This is also one of the dewiest formulas. It doesn't really dry down, but paired with a translucent powder, it's totally fine, and feels great on the skin. I also appreciate that it doesn't have silicones.

Despite the near-invisible texture, there's a generous amount of zinc oxide in here—20 percent!

MDSolarSciences MD Crème Mineral Beauty Balm SPF 50

✓High-zinc ✓Fragrance-free ✓Water-resistant ✓Cruelty-free ✓Reef-safe

MDSolarSciences MD Creme Mineral Beauty Balm SPF 50

MDSolarSciences MD Crème Mineral Beauty Balm SPF 50

MDSolarSciences MD Crème Mineral Beauty Balm SPF 50 is a sheer, matte BB cream with antioxidants. There are two shades: Light/Medium and Medium/Dark. It is also water-resistant, for up to 80 minutes. 

This one has 17 percent zinc oxide and two percent titanium dioxide. An additional five percent of the latter would've been better, but this is still giving decent protection, particularly if you plan to be swimming—or sweating!

MDSolarSciences Mineral Tinted Crème SPF 30

✓High-zinc ✓Fragrance-free ✓Water-resistant ✓Cruelty-free ✓Reef-safe

MDSolarSciences Mineral Tinted Creme SPF 30

MDSolarSciences Mineral Tinted Crème SPF 30

MDSolarSciences Mineral Tinted Crème SPF 30 is a matte sunscreen that comes in one tint, which should blend with most skin tones. It's sheer, so they suggest wearing it as a primer under makeup if you need more coverage. This one is also water-resistant for up to 80 minutes (but is high in silicones).

And it, too, contains 17 percent zinc oxide and two percent titanium dioxide. (See how this one is only claimed to be an SPF 30, but their Beauty Balm is an SPF 50? That's because the latter has antioxidants to artificially inflate its rating—but both have the exact same levels of actives!)

Naturally Serious Mineral Sun Defense Moisturizer SPF 30

✓High-zinc ✓Low-PUFA ✓Silicone-free ✓Cruelty-free ✓Reef-safe

Naturally Serious Mineral Sun Defense Moisturizer Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30

Naturally Serious Mineral Sun Defense Moisturizer SPF 30

Naturally Serious Mineral Sun Defense Moisturizer SPF 30 comes in one sheer universal tint, which is said to be suitable for all skin tones. It's also silicone-free and has less than one percent of synthetic fragrance.

The best part is that it offers an extremely high level of protection with 25 percent zinc oxide and four percent titanium dioxide. 

Pacifica Mineral Bronzing Face Shade Coconut Glow SPF 30

✓High-zinc ✓PUFA-free ✓Silicone-free Water-resistant ✓Cruelty-free ✓Reef-safe

Pacifica Mineral Bronzing Face Shade Coconut Glow SPF 30

Pacifica Mineral Bronzing Face Shade Coconut Glow SPF 30

Pacifica Mineral Bronzing Face Shade Coconut Glow SPF 30 is a silicone-free sunscreen with a bronze tint. (From the product name, it almost sounds like a self-tanner, but it's not!) What is really impressive about this one is that it's water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, despite not containing any silicones.

It contains 20 percent zinc oxide, for full UVA and UVB protection. 

Pacifica Mineral Bronzing Sunscreen Pineapple Flower SPF 30

✓PUFA-free ✓Silicone-free ✓Water-resistant ✓Cruelty-free ✓Reef-safe

Pacifica Mineral Bronzing Sunscreen Pineapple Flower SPF 30

Pacifica Mineral Bronzing Sunscreen Pineapple Flower SPF 30

Pacifica Mineral Bronzing Sunscreen Pineapple Flower SPF 30 is a tinted and water-resistant sunscreen spray. It's similar to Beautycounter's, except it comes in just one bronzey tint. You get up to 80 minutes of water-resistance here.

This one has 14.5 percent zinc oxide—which is a little low, but you can use this on your body or to layer over another SPF on your face.

Pacifica Mineral SPF 50 Bronzing Body Butter Coconut

✓High-zinc ✓PUFA-free ✓Silicone-free ✓Water-resistant✓Cruelty-free ✓Reef-safe

Pacifica Mineral SPF 50 Bronzing Body Butter Coconut

Pacifica Mineral SPF 50 Bronzing Body Butter Coconut

Pacifica Mineral SPF 50 Bronzing Body Butter Coconut is a tinted sunscreen specifically for your body. It comes in one bronze tint in a moisturizing base, and offers up to 80 minutes of water-resistance.

It also has a very nice 22 percent zinc oxide (the highest concentration from this brand), so you get complete UVA and UVB protection.

Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Face & Body Sunscreen SPF 31

✓High-zinc ✓PUFA-free ✓Silicone-free ✓Cruelty-free ✓Reef-safe

Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Face and Body Sunscreen SPF 31

Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Face and Body Sunscreen SPF 31

Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Face & Body Sunscreen SPF 31 comes in one light tint—just dark enough to eliminate the usual white cast. This is a velvety matte sunscreen made with natural ingredients and no silicones. Oily skin will love it!

The protection is high, with 20.1 percent zinc oxide as the active ingredient.

Suntegrity 5 in 1 Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen SPF 30

✓High-zinc ✓Low-PUFA ✓Low-silicone ✓Fragrance-free ✓Cruelty-free ✓Reef-safe

Suntegrity 5 in 1 Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen SPF 30

Suntegrity 5 in 1 Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen SPF 30

Suntegrity 5 in 1 Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen SPF 30 was one of the first tinted sunscreens made with mineral filters... maybe even THE first! Dubbed a "5-in-1" product, it treats the skin with antioxidants; hydrates; protects; primes; and covers.

This one is available in four shades, although it only goes as dark as a Medium. Compared to the others, it dispenses as a somewhat thick, opaque gel. Blended out, it has the texture and light coverage of a BB cream. Initially it gives a dewy finish, but it you leave it a few minutes to dry down, it becomes semi-matte.

This is another high-zinc formula, at 20 percent.

Supergoop! Daily Correct CC Cream SPF 35+

✓High-zinc ✓PUFA-free ✓Fragrance-free ✓Cruelty-free ✓Reef-safe

Supergoop Daily Correct CC Cream SPF 35

Supergoop Daily Correct CC Cream SPF 35+

Supergoop! Daily Correct CC Cream SPF 35+ is a hydrating CC cream that promises higher coverage than a tinted moisturizer. It comes in four shades, from Fair/Light to Medium, and has some mica (shimmer) to reflect the light.

Although not silicone-free, this sunscreen is giving you complete protection with 20 percent zinc oxide.

Supergoop! Smooth + Poreless 100% Mineral Matte Screen SPF 40

✓High-zinc ✓Low-PUFA ✓Water-resistant ✓Cruelty-free ✓Reef-safe

Supergoop Smooth and Poreless 100 Percent Mineral Matte Screen SPF 40

Supergoop! Smooth + Poreless 100% Mineral Matte Screen SPF 40

Supergoop! Smooth + Poreless 100% Mineral Matte Screen SPF 40 is a water-resistant tinted sunscreen for the face. It comes in one sheer tint, and as the name suggests, it gives a matte finish. You also get 40 minutes of water-resistance, but it is high in silicones.

This one contains 17 percent zinc oxide and 0.7 percent titanium dioxide. I like to see 7.5 percent titanium dioxide, so it's probably best to choose a higher-protection sunscreen if you plan to spend a long time outside.

Thinksport Everyday Face SPF 30+

✓High-zinc ✓Low-PUFA ✓Low-silicone ✓Fragrance-free Water-resistant ✓Cruelty-free ✓Reef-safe

Thinksport Everyday Face SPF 30

Thinksport Everyday Face SPF 30+

Thinksport Everyday Face SPF 30+ is a gentle, moisturizing sunscreen lotion that comes in one tint, which they say will blend into all skin tones. Bonus: It's also water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, even though it's not that high in silicone.

It contains 20 percent zinc oxide for complete sun protection.

W3ll People Bio Tint Multi-Action Moisturizer SPF 30

✓High-zinc ✓Low-PUFA ✓Silicone-free Fragrance-free ✓Cruelty-free ✓Reef-safe

W3ll People Bio Tint Multi-Action Moisturizer SPF 30

W3ll People Bio Tint Multi-Action Moisturizer SPF 30

If you're looking for the colour and coverage of a foundation, W3ll People Bio Tint Multi-Action Moisturizer SPF 30 could be for you.

It's available in four tints, and after trying two of them (Fair and Light), I will say that this range runs on the darker, warmer side. I think I'll only be able to get away with Fair when I have a bit more colour! That said, I love the buildable, light-to-medium coverage and silicone-free formula. As you blend, it dries to a glowy, semi-matte finish. (Make sure you blend well, though—it tends to separate a little in the tube.)

This one boasts 20 percent zinc oxide, as well!

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