Wearing sunscreen is important for all skin tones and skin types. Though melanin in dark skin provides a minor shield from the sun, dark skin can still be damaged. You have to wear sunscreen because it prevents skin cancer, skin damage from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays, and premature aging. However, it’s not easy for black women to find a good sunscreen. Because most sunscreens on the market do not have a broad spectrum, black women often find themselves with a white cast on their bodies. No one should have to look like Casper the friendly ghost to protect themselves from the sun! So here are few sunscreens that are tailored for darker skin tones:
Palmer’s Eventone Suncare Moisturizing Sunscreen Cocoa Butter SPF 30
Palmer’s is a brand black women can depend on. Infused with coconut oil, cocoa butter, and shea butter, Palmer’s Eventone Suncare Moisturizing Sunscreen fights signs of aging, prevents dark spots, and smoothes out an uneven skin tone.
Unsun Mineral Tinted Broad Spectrum Face Sunscreen
Most mineral-based sunscreens leave a white cast on darker skin. Unsun’s sunscreen is a tinted mineral SPF with a broad spectrum. Containing natural products such as shea butter, fruit extracts, and vitamin E, no one will be able to tell you are wearing this lightweight UVA protector because it perfectly blends with the skin. It’s perfect for all skin types.
Glosser Invisible Shield
Glossier is the newest brand on the market for black women. Their Invisible Shield is a water-based, sunscreen that absorbs into the skin without leaving a white cast or greasiness. It contains antioxidants that prevent free radicals from penetrating your face.
Cover FX Clear Cover Sunscreen SPF 30
Clear Cover Invisible Sunscreen is a gel-like SPF that glides smoothly on the skin. It brightens up the skin and provides moisture. Containing UVA/UVB protection, Clear Cover prevents sun damage, premature wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation.
Extrashade Daily Defense Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30
Extrashade has a product for those with rich, dark complexions. Made with hyaluronic acid, their Daily Defense SPF will help the skin hydrate and glow. It is oil, fragrance, and alcohol-free. The pomegranate and kiwi extracts help to reduce under eye circles and skin irritation.
Trying to find a good SPF for your melanin can be rough. With these brands looking out for the darker shades, it’s easier now to find the right sunscreen to protect your skin tone without looking ashy.