I am assuming you have landed here because you are looking for sunscreens for Black skin? Over the years Black people have become more and more aware of the fact that we need to wear sunscreen and protect our melanin. We are more aware of the fact that we are also at risk of skin cancer and melanin does not change that.
Now, even if we know this information it can be hard to find sunscreens that do not leave a white cast on our skin. Some time last year I asked on Twitter to hear about the sunscreens Black people were using. I have collated this information below and created a list of sunscreens for Black skin so that Black people know that they have options. Here are a few, most of these you should be able to find in the US and the UK.
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1.La Roche Posay
La Roche Posay is a brand that I have constantly seen being spoken about and was mentioned multiple times on Twitter. La Roche Posay is recommended by dermatologists for sensitive skin. Joyce from Diywithjoy.com recommended the La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra.
2. Alba Botanical – Hawaiian Sunscreen
Alba Botanical contains botanical ingredients and does not contain oxybenzone, octinoxate or synthetic fragrances. It comes in two different types Aloe Vera and Green Tea. This sunscreen was recommended by Irine from travelwithirine.com.
3. Neutrogenas Hydroboost
4. Cosrx Aloe Sun Cream
If you are interested in Korean skincare brands the moisturising Cosrx aloe sun cream may be one to try. This sunscreen was also recommended by Aitza B from petitelypackaged.com
5. Garnier Ambre Solaire SPF Oil
This Garnier SPF oil is enriched with shea butter and is different to the rest because it it is an oil, although claims to be non greasy. This sunscreen was recommended by Meg from megfabulous.com
6. Aveeno Protect and Hydrate
Aveeno is an already well known brand and here is one of their sunscreens to protect and hydrate. This was recommended by Adrianna K Smith at travepreneur.com
7. Jason Family Sunscreen
This is a family sunscreen which is perfect if you have children. It is enriched with Vitamin E, Shea Butter and Green Tea Extract. This sunscreen was recommended on Twitter.
This sunscreen is made for Black people in mind, so it had to make the list. Tammy from thewordismine.co recommends this sunscreen and reminded us that it was made by a Black girl for Black girls so it is definitely one to check out.
Ultrasun have a strong focus on people with sensitive skin and have a wide range of sunscreens. Below is one of them with an SPF of 50.
10. Glossier Invisible Shield
This is the sunscreen I have used in the past before for my body, although a little pricey I really liked it. It is super light and it is definitely an invisible shield as it does not leave a white residue.
11. Hawaiian Tropic
Hawaiian Tropic is water resistant and according to Amazon it is recommended as an effective UV sunscreen by Skin Cancer Foundation International. This sunscreen was recommended by Miranda of ajulydreamer.com and Ellie of niteviews.com
Altruist is designed for sensitive skin, since it is hypoallergenic and fragrance free. It claims to be fast absorption and non sticky. This was recommended by Temi of thepalateport.com and this particular one has a SPF of 30.
13. Garnier Solaire Ambre
I use this Garnier sunscreen and it is very hydrating and and does not leave a residue. I can recommend it with confidence and it has an SPF of 50.
From the list I hope you have been able to find a sunscreen that you would not mind trying because I know finding sunscreens for Black skin is hard. I am not a skincare professional, I am just here to introduce you to options. Also check out the ladies that recommended the sunscreens on their blogs and social media.
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