“It makes me break out”.
“I’m dark-skinned so I don’t need it”.
“I don’t get sunburns”.
“My skin is sensitive”.
“Sunscreens are too greasy”.
“It leaves a white cast”.
“I hate putting on sunscreens”.
“It takes too long to rub in”.
“It makes me sweat”.
- people who don't use sunscreen
These are the most common excuses I have heard from friends, family, acquaintances, social media comments and clients over the years for not applying sunscreen. None of which holds water anymore because there are now sunscreens created with you in mind. Regardless of your skin type, tone or sensitivity, there is a sun protection for you out there.
Here is a compilation of sunscreens that are dark skin compliant. I have broken the list up in two parts, The first 10 tick the following boxes:
A tinted sunscreen that comes in three shades, one of the best I've tried and loved. Along with providing broad-spectrum UV protection, it contains Iron Oxides which protect from environmental aggressors such as pollution, blue light, and infrared radiation. Fantastic option if you spend prolonged periods starring at (computers or phone) screens.
Quite rare to find a high concentration mineral sunscreen that rubs in clear on all skin tones, but this one is an exception. With its 20% zinc oxide + almost 9% titanium dioxide formulation. Perfect to use after a clinical procedure like chemical peels, facials, micro-needling, etc.
Supergoop is known for their cosmetically elegant, easy to layer, fast-absorbing sunscreens and this one is my absolute favourite. Serum-like texture which leaves a sheer finish and wears well under makeup. Its fragrance-free, oil-free and it contains red algae, an ingredient which is believed to protect from blue light rays.
This sunscreen is very lightweight and fragrance-free. Perfect for people with acne/acne-prone skin and very moisturizing. Won’t clog your pores or cause your eyes to sting.
This was the first sunscreen I used at the start of my skincare journey and it didn’t disappoint. An elegant lightweight fluid sunscreen that is packed with antioxidants to not only give you broad-spectrum UV protection but also defend your skin against other environmental pollution factors.
Another beautifully formulated sunscreen with an almost water-like texture that leaves a near-matte finish. I especially love it because it contains antioxidants and hydrating ingredients that enhance its potency and helps to visibly smoothen the skin after application.
Slightly tinted with 100% mineral filters, this Murad sunscreen is perfect for all skin types. It not only has broad-spectrum UV protection, but also offers Blue light protection, whether indoors or outdoors.
Extremely mild and my first recommendation for sensitive skin on a budget. It has no scent at all and contains a lot of soothing and moisturizing ingredients to promote skin health. It applies thin and almost matte which makes it suitable to wear under makeup. Oh! and did I mention? It is quite affordable too.
The perfect anti-ageing sunscreen. It's quite easy to fall in love with this sunscreen because of its extremely light gel-texture and fast-absorbing nature. It is easy to apply and also contains some nourishing and antioxidant ingredients in addition to providing broad-spectrum UV protection.
Apart from the fact that it comes in a small tube, this sunscreen checks all the boxes needed by dark skin. It is smooth, glides on easily and offers very high UV protection along with antioxidant protection from cellular damage.
Which of the sunscreens on this list are you looking forward to trying?
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Click for Part 2: 20 BEST SUNSCREENS FOR DARK SKIN TONE (Part 2)