If there’s one thing we’ve learned about our daily skincare routine over the years, it’s that sun protection is key. And the more products we layer on that can block damaging UV rays, the happier, healthier and more radiant our skin will be. This is where the best tinted moisturizers with SPF come in: Along with complexion benefits, they offer the added layer of sun protection.
A hybrid between moisturizer and light-coverage foundation with some skincare benefits, these formulas hydrate, cover minor blemishes and redness and create a glowing base—all without feeling heavy or cakey. “A tinted moisturizer is perfect for people who prefer lighter texture products or less coverage in general,” says Sam Michalska, executive director of global education at Ilia. (This is all of us on humid days when the sensation of foundation is especially intolerable.) Add SPF to the mix and you’ve got the perfect tool to speed up your morning routine while still protecting your skin (although you’ll want to layer on a face sunscreen for full broad-spectrum protection). We asked the experts and took a deep dive into the top-rated options to find the best tinted moisturizers with SPF for a variety of skin types. Happy swatching.