What is Skin Tint and Why Should You Use It?
As the world of skincare expands and more beauty brands are focused on providing a wide range of products with different functionalities and coverage styles, it can be hard to keep up and keep track!
A recent product that’s skyrocketed in popularity is skin tint. But what exactly is it, and how is it different from a foundation or tinted moisturizer? Read on to learn more.
What is skin tint?
Skin tints are very similar to tinted moisturizers, but they’re even more sheer. With very light coverage and just a hint of pigment, they’re the best when you’re looking for the ultimate no-makeup makeup look. Unlike foundations or BB/CC creams, skin tints have a very thin texture and feel more like a serum when applying. The buildable sheer texture melts into your skin for a dewy finish that doesn’t cake or settle into fine lines.
Most skin tints also include skin-nourishing ingredients to help improve complexion and fight signs of aging. Instead of clogging pores like heavy foundations, skin tints actively work as a skincare & makeup in one to improve your skin’s texture and tone!
How to choose between a skin tint and tinted moisturizer
So by comparison, what is tinted moisturizer? Tinted moisturizer is, by design, more hydrating than a skin tint. The primary base is a moisturizing cream or gel, with a touch of pigment. They’re typically available in different finishes from natural to matte, and often also contain SPF.
Ultimately, it depends on your skin type and the end result you’re looking for. For oily and acne prone skin, opt for a product that’s oil-free and non-comedogenic. If you have dry skin, a tinted moisturizer will be more deeply hydrating, and a skin tint with ingredients like hyaluronic acid and squalane will be your best bet. If you’re looking for more coverage for a breakout, layer concealer with your skin tint or opt for a tinted moisturizer for more overall coverage.
We generally like skin tints instead of tinted moisturizers because they’re more versatile. They’re not as heavy and are less oily, making them a good choice for all skin types – even oily skin. Our Life’s a Beach Skin Tint is also deeply nourishing. SPF 31 makes it perfect for daily use, while hyaluronic acid visibly plumps and smoothes the appearance of fine lines. Green Tea Leaf Extract helps soothe irritation and redness, while grapefruit and willow bark extracts fight free radicals and acne.
What is skin tint used for?
Skin tints are best when you’re looking for a very natural look and a dewy glow. Will they cover breakouts and other skin issues like concealer or foundation does? No. But that’s not what they’re designed for! Skin tints provide just a hint of pigment that brightens and evens your skin tone, while plumping and nourishing your skin with powerful ingredients.
They’re very easy to apply, making them perfect for a quick low-maintenance makeup routine. Simply sweep into your skin with your fingertips. We love layering with concealer to give undereye circles a brightening lift, and blending in a subtle blush. The dewy finish means you can even skip the highlighter if you want, as your skin will already have plenty of glow!
We’re big fans of the clean beauty trends that have emerged in recent years, and skin tints lead the way in this regard. Our skin tint, for example, is free of toxic ingredients, sustainability-driven, and is vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free. With so many options available, we believe it’s important to prioritize practices that are good for you and for our planet.
If you’re looking to ditch heavy, pore-clogging foundations in favor of a soft, natural makeup look, give skin tints a try! Have you checked out Life’s a Beach Skin Tint? Asking for a friend…