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Plan ahead: Best tinted moisturizers for summer

To me, May is officially the start of summer.  (I don’t care what you say.)   Well,  start preparing for summer a bit early. I don’t know about you, but when I’m sweating it out, the last thing I want to feel is like my makeup is dripping down my face. I live in Arizona so the summers here are long and intense which means switching up my typical beauty routine.  Here are some summer tips for you inherent planners out there!

One of the first things I like to lighten up on is foundation. Although I don’t use it often in general, I definitely look for something much lighter (and with sweat-staying-power) to get me through those 100+ degree days. Thankfully, I can swap out my foundation for one of the great tinted moisturizers on the market that do the trick, most of which double as a sunblock, too! Here are some of the top three tinted moisturizers to try. 

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

Whenever possible, I try to pick up a moisturizer that doubles as a sunblock, and Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer delivers exactly that. Although it’s a bit on the steep side price wise, it’s a great lightweight formula that packs a hint of color for lightweight coverage and offers SPF 20 protection. There are 10 different shades available so it’s easy to find one that fits your skin tone. Plus, it’s won a slew of beauty awards in the industry including being named In Style magazine’s “Best Beauty Buy” and “Best of Beauty” for Allure.

Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Tone Correcting UV Moisturizer

For a drugstore beauty buy, Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Tone Correcting UV Moisturizer gives you a lot of bang for your buck. It’s a moisturizer, it’s a sunblock, it’s tinted and it fights aging. What else could you want out of a beauty product? The formula is touted to fight the seven signs of aging and to even out skin tone. It also has SPF 15 sunscreen and provide fresh, luminous coverage.

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer

With the summer months here, it’s great to find a product that gives you foundation-like coverage in a lighter version. That’s exactly what you’ll get with the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer, an oil-free formula that comes in six different shades. The moisturizer offers SPF 20 protection and also works as a retinol treatment. Its budget price tag and drugstore availability doesn’t hurt its appeal either.

Do you ditch foundation for the summer? What are your favorite tinted moisturizers or lightweight formulas?

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing