Your melanin might be popping but it is not enough to protect you from sunburn, skin cancer and other damages caused by sun exposure.
Sunscreen is and should always be an important part of your beauty and skin care regimen, regardless of skin color and tone.
While it is relatively easy to find a sunscreen lotion that works for light skin tones, as most of the active ingredients in sunscreen can leave a ghastly white cast, it is usually problematic to find a suitable sunscreen lotion for people with darker skin. And as no one wants to look like Casper the friendly ghost, they decide to take their chances with the sun.
But do you really have to choose between sun protection and an uncomfortable white cast?
The following are some sunscreens that would give you adequate sun protection and won’t make you look like a White Walker. You can get these from any reputable beauty shops or online markets.
1. Clinique Sunscreen Face Cream SPF 50
Lightweight and dermatologist-tested. It blends easily into darker skin and doesn’t have a greasy feel to it.
2. Julep No Excuses Invisible Sunscreen Gel SPF 40
With this completely clear vitamin-enriched essence gel, you literally have no excuse not to stay protected. It dries to a satin finish making it perfect as a makeup primer.
3. L’Oréal Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Facial Oil SPF 30
In addition to protecting against UVA/UVB damage, this lightweight non-greasy, daily sunscreen gives the skin a healthy glow and keeps your face hydrated throughout the day.
4. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Melt in Sunscreen Milk SPF 60
No white cast.
Fast absorption mechanism.
Can be used for face and body.
La Roche-Posay for president!
This amazing sunscreen melts into your body in just a matter of seconds but still gives you that all-day-long protection.
5. Mario Badescu Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30
With the Badescu Oil Free Moisturizer, you are one step away from young and flawless skin. This anti-aging sunscreen is infused with green tea which corrects discoloration and fights acne.
It also prevents acne scarring and can be used alone or as a makeup primer. It is suitable for all skin types and as it is not comedogenic, is especially wonderful for acne-prone skin.
6. Palmer’s Even Tone Suncare Cocoa Butter Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30
The best things in life are free- or at least, cheap. This coco butter based sunscreen lotion evens the skin tone and protects the skin. The coco butter will leave your skin smooth, supple and smelling like a snack!
7. Unsun Tinted Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30
This women-of-colour-owned, mineral-tinted sunscreen is an all-natural sunscreen that is specially made for women (and people) of colour. It blends effortlessly into any skin tone and doesn’t leave a chalky cast.
8. Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50
Aptly named, this Japanese-owned sunscreen has a watery feel that is reminiscent of cool seas. It gives your skin the gentle protection and moisture it needs and does not clog the pores or leave a white cast. It is suitable for acne-prone skin and can be applied alone or underneath makeup.
9. Bolden Brightenining Moisturizer SPF 30
Created by Chinelo Chidozie and Ndidi Obidoa, the Bolden Brightening Moisturizer is a brown-girl friendly, Vitamin C-rich sunscreen that is equal parts hydrating and nourishing.
The hydrating formula nourishes and moisturizes the skin while the Vitamin C helps in the fading of discoloration. It has a non-greasy skin and is wonderful on acne-prone skin. The best part? No chalky cast!