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Tinted sunscreens: Benefits beyond an attractive glow

July 13, 2020

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Neera Nathan, MD, MSHS, Contributor

Dr. Neera Nathan is a dermatologist and researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital and Lahey Hospital and Medical Center. Her clinical and research interests include dermatologic surgery, cosmetic dermatology, and laser medicine. She is part of the … See Full Bio
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Dieter Manstein, MD, PhD, completed his PhD in Physics, in addition to his dermatology residency training at the University of Munster in Germany. He then completed a Clinical Applications of Laser fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital … See Full Bio
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July 24, 2020

Would not mind some recommendations. Thanks

Weena Pradhan
July 21, 2020


Thank you for the information in this blog. So, my question is , can we use the tinted and non tinted together ?

Weena Pradhan

Carol Slocum
July 20, 2020

Can you give us some recommendations for tinted sunscreen?Thanks

July 25, 2020

Avene tinted mineral sunscreen

Christine Head
July 20, 2020

I have two different tinted sunscreens that contain zinc oxide, will they work as well as the tinted sunscreen with iron oxide

July 20, 2020

Awesome article!!! It answers my questions about tinted sunscreens which I thought was all hipe for a tan. I am prone to hyperpigmentation and melasma so now I feel safe and comfortable to try the tinted sunscreens with iron oxide. Brilliant! Thank you!

Harley Wood
July 20, 2020

As a 75 year old fair skinned male dealing with the effects of sun I’m looking for the best film I can use in a vehicle to protect me. I’m treated on and off and I would like to help my cause in not my problem worse than it needs to be. A vehicle is not a good place to be for people like me.

I would like protection for my skin but also tinting that keeps the vehicle cooler in the summer. In NJ that would mean a fairly dark tint but not extreme.

It doesn’t make sense to depend on a vendor to be my best source.

Any chance someone could reply directly?


Christine Zikowitz
July 20, 2020

I heard that some sunscreens aren’t good for you is that true? Isn’t it better to wear sunscreen than not wear it at all. I heard we all need the sun to survive how long is a good time to be outdoors to get the benefits without being out there too long. Is there a certain time of day that is best to be outdoors to get benefits from the sun?

July 24, 2020


I actually like the white zinc oxide on my face just because its easily visible for spoting unprotected areas.

With Pigments, I find it MUCH harder to identify areas on the skin that are unprotected unless spending a significant amount of time.

Which ruins the whole point of having fun in the sun doesn’t it? Spend more time applying sunscreen instead of whatever activity you choose 😀

July 25, 2020

You can check the EPA EWG database to see sunscreens ranked for toxicity.
The best time to get some sun is early morning. Avoid direct sun exposure 11am to 3pm .

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