Summer is approaching quickly, and with it comes outdoor parties, beach vacations, and mornings chasing kids around the park. However, with all that fun in the sun, you know you need to protect your skin or you'll regret it. Some sunscreens can leave a white residue or cause allergic reactions, though, making you less than enthusiastic about using them. If you're dreading slathering on the sunscreen this year, you may want to consider a tinted sunscreen instead. Here are three reasons why:
1. Natural ingredients are better for sensitive skin
Some people develop reactions to non-tinted sunscreens that range anywhere from mild to severe. The chemicals in those sunscreens are absorbed into the skin, which can cause irritations such as hives, swelling, blistering, and more. Those with sensitive skin and/or sunscreen allergies will likely see an improvement after switching to a tinted sunscreen. Tinted sunscreens are made from natural ingredients and minerals, such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, and shouldn't be as harsh on your skin.
2. Physical sunscreen blocks visible light
Aside from the UV light from the sun, the visible light that we see can also cause problems. Studies have shown that the visible light from the sun and even blue light from computer and phone screens can reach deeper into the skin than UV light. This can aggravate skin pigment conditions such as melasma and hyperpigmentation. Non-tinted, chemical sunscreens are not designed to combat this issue. The skin absorbs the chemicals that deal with the dangerous UV light but can do nothing about visible light. Tinted sunscreens are physical sunscreens, meaning they sit on the skin and can prevent the light from reaching your skin at all, protecting you from the problems created by too much exposure to visible light.
3. Tinted sunscreen sometimes doubles as foundation
If you hate the white residue of non-tinted sunscreen, you will want to give tinted sunscreen a try. It's called "tinted" because it's not white; it's tinted to match the color of skin since it sits on top of it instead of being absorbed. Many find that this kind of sunscreen, assuming you find a close match to your skin tone, makes a fantastic foundation. Rubbing the tinted sunscreen all over your face and body can give your skin an even, smooth appearance that can even help boost your confidence. And, when your sunscreen, foundation, and maybe even your moisturizer are one product, that's less you have to buy.
There are many tinted sunscreens available for you to try, such as EltaMD tinted UV sunscreen. Especially if your skin has been sensitive to non-tinted sunscreen, tinted may be the way to go. Talk to your dermatologist for recommendations and more information.