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8 Sunscreens for Deeper skin tones


Many of us have heard many misconceptions about proper skin care for generations. Unfortunately, with the number of opinions on sunscreen, it can be hard to identify what’s true and what isn’t.

The topic itself has been filled with opinions and the truth is everyone can benefit from wearing sunscreen.

Why we need Sunscreen

While many avoid using sunscreen just because we are melanated, it does not mean we are immune to the sun.

Although the risk for skin cancer is lower for people of color than other races, we are not immune to it; you can get sunburnt or any skin condition, no matter your skin shade.

Being black or of color doesn’t make you immune to the dangers of the sun. For many that wear sunscreen, the battle for years has been to find one that works well with your skin type and doesn’t leave a white cast look.

While there are many health-related benefits to wearing sunscreen, there are many other aesthetic benefits.

Another struggle has been to find sunscreens that work well with your skin and are not greasy. 

If you struggle to find the right sunscreen, here are eight sunscreens that work well for deeper skin tones.

8 Sunscreens to try :

Black Girl Sunscreen 

Made for melanated skin, it protects against UVA & UVB rays with its sheer formula. Water-resistant ( 80 min)

Available at Ulta Beauty, Target, Walgreens, and online at etc. (Photo Courtesy: Black Girl Sunscreen)

Supergoop! Unseen 

 Perfect to wear under your makeup, suitable for oily skin. Broad-spectrum sunscreen SPF 40 and 100 invisible. Water-resistant (40 min)

Available at Ulta Beauty, Sephora, Nordstrom, and online at etc. (Photo Courtesy: Supergoop $30.00

Absolute JOI

Lightweight, mineral sunscreen with a broad spectrum of 40

Available at Amazon and online at etc. (Photo Courtesy: Absolute JOI) $42.00

A lightweight tinted formula offered in two colors. SPF 40 protects skin from UV radiation.

MD Solar Sciences MD Mineral BB Crème SPF 50

The weightless blend provides added blue light protection; Antioxidant Green Tea is said to defend skin against radical free-range damage. Suitable for all skin types.

UVA and UVB broad-spectrum coverage, SPF 50. 100% mineral-based sunscreen.

Available at Target and online at Photo Courtesy: Mdsolarsciences $33.00

ColoreScience Face shield Flex 

UVB SPF 50, no cast buildable color coverage, natural demi-matte. A light weight mineral sunscreen, available in four shades.

Available at Walmart, Amazon, and online at Photo Courtesy: Colorescience $45.00

Dermalogica: Mineral sunscreen SPF 30

Said to be invisible mineral sunscreen ideal for sensitive skin types defends against blue and UVA/UVB light.

Available at Walmart, Amazon, Ulta Beauty, Sephora, and online at $ 45.00 Photo Courtesy: Dermalogica

Buttah Skin Tinted Mineral sunscreen 

A smooth texture is great for people with sensitive skin, SPF 30, free of chemicals, parabens, and flavorings.

Available at Ulta Beauty, HSN, and online at $24.00 Photo Courtesy: Buttah


Sheer sunscreen with organic ingredients, Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UVA/UVB protection

Available at Ulta Beauty, Sephora, Target and online at Photo Courtesy: Coola

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