You brush your teeth every night before bed, right? Dental health is important, and so is skin health. Developing a simple self-care routine that protects all the essential aspects of your health doesn't have to be complicated—especially when you have multitasking products at your fingertips.

Whether you have blemishes, redness, or a dull complexion, you can commit to healthier, better-looking skin with a tinted sunscreen for men. These innovative formulas take ultraviolet (UV) protection to the next level, giving you more benefits in one simple step. Learn how you can prevent skin cancer and look your best without adding more than 60 seconds to your morning routine.

How Does Tinted Sunscreen Work?

Tinted sunscreen takes all the perks of broad-spectrum protection and adds a hint of color to better match your skin tone. This color often comes from encapsulated pigments called Iron Oxides, which break open when they make contact with the skin.

Can Men Wear Tinted Sunscreen?

Let's get one thing straight: Skin health has no gender. Everyone deserves radiant, healthy skin, and tinted sunscreen for men can get you there. For example, EltaMD UV Restore Tinted Broad-Spectrum SPF 40 helps minimize dark spots and discoloration, while EltaMD UV Clear Tinted Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 calms and protects rosacea- and acne-prone skin and reduces the appearance of blemishes.

These tinted formulas work their magic on all skin types and gender expressions.

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What Does Tinted Sunscreen Do for Your Skin?

Wearing sunscreen daily is one of the best things you can do to reduce your risk of skin cancer and sun damage. But choosing a tinted sunscreen has a few additional benefits.

Protects against Skin Damage from Screens

Many tinted sunscreens contain Iron Oxides. In addition to providing a tint, Iron Oxides protect your skin from blue light. Technology—including your phone, tablet, and laptop—emit blue light, and it's believed to contribute to premature aging. So, by applying tinted sunscreen each morning, you'll be protecting your skin from the sun's UV rays and blue light. Talk about versatility.

Reduces Streakiness and White Cast

One of the major benefits of tinted formulas is that they counteract white cast—that streaky, chalky hue that sunscreens often leave behind. This can be particularly frustrating if you have dark skin, and it can also leave people with fair skin looking a bit ghostly. If this has been a problem for you, tinted sunscreen just solved it.

Beats Dry, Flaky Skin

If your skin tends to feel dry or tight throughout the day, you can choose a tinted sunscreen with hydrating ingredients for a dose of long-lasting moisture. Look for Glycerin or Hyaluronic Acid on the label, which draw water into the skin and help it stay there. Anti-inflammatory ingredients like Niacinamide can also help restore suppleness to dry, rough skin while reducing redness.

Reduces the Appearance of Blemishes and Discoloration

Since it offers sheer, lightweight coverage, tinted sunscreen is a natural-looking alternative to makeup.

Your Guide to Choosing a Tinted Sunscreen for Men

A few different factors go into choosing the right sunscreen for your skin:

Skin Type

Start by identifying your skin type and skin concerns. For instance, if you have dry skin that craves hydration, prioritize hydrating ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid and Squalane. If you have oily or blemish-prone skin, a noncomedogenic, oil-free formula may top your list. If you have sensitive skin, you'll probably want a mineral sunscreen with simple, soothing ingredients.

EltaMD makes it easy by offering a range of tinted sunscreens labeled by skin type to help you find the right one without any fuss.

Facial Hair

Whether you have stubble, a mustache, or a beard, go for a tinted sunscreen that won't leave any obvious color in your facial hair. You can also use a sheer sunscreen on your beard and apply a tinted formula to the surrounding skin. Experiment with what works best for you.


If you bike to work, hit the gym regularly, or enjoy water sports, you'll benefit from having a water-resistant sunscreen on hand. Water-resistant sunscreen stays put on wet skin for somewhere between 40 and 80 minutes, depending on the level of protection. This is also a great option if you're a heavy sweater or live in a humid climate. If this sounds like you, try a tinted formula like EltaMD UV Elements Broad-Spectrum SPF 44.

Keeping Skin Care Simple

Once you've chosen the sunscreen that suits you, make it an everyday essential just like brushing your teeth. In just a few seconds, you'll conceal imperfections, unify your skin tone, add moisture, and protect your skin from UV damage and blue light. You might wonder why you didn't use one sooner.


  • Catherine Hufton

    Catherine Hufton is a UK-based freelance journalist and writer who has worked for some of fashion's most iconic companies and written for the world's best known magazines and newspapers. Beginning her career at Net-a-Porter and Matches Fashion over 12 years ago, she has created content for L'Oréal, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, The Telegraph and more.

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