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Sunscreen Guide: The Best Sunscreens for Dark Skin

by Laura M

We all love the sun but as much as we love basking in the heat,  finding the right sunscreen is crucial for maintaining healthy, radiant skin. Here’s a guide to some of the best sunscreens for dark skin.

As people of colour, it’s a common misconception that we don’t need to worry about sun protection as much as our fair-skinned counterparts. However, the reality is that everyone, regardless of skin colour, is susceptible to sun damage and the associated risks of skin cancer, premature ageing, and hyperpigmentation. Therefore, finding a cream that cares for your skin without leaving marks or looking blue is everything.

Black Girl Sunscreen SPF 30

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Designed with melanin-rich skin in mind, Black Girl Sunscreen provides broad-spectrum protection without the white residue often associated with traditional sunscreens. Its lightweight, non-greasy formula is infused with natural ingredients like avocado and jojoba oil, which nourish and hydrate the skin while shielding it from harmful UV rays. Regardless of your hue, you can apply the sunscreen without looking or feeling greasy.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF 100

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While many sunscreens leave a chalky finish on darker skin tones, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen is specifically formulated to be lightweight and sheer, making it ideal for daily wear. With an ultra-high SPF of 100, this sunscreen offers maximum protection against UVA and UVB rays, helping prevent sunburn and skin damage.

EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46

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Recommended by dermatologists, EltaMD UV Clear is a fan favourite for its oil-free formula and lightweight texture. Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive and acne-prone skin, this sunscreen contains niacinamide and hyaluronic acid to soothe and moisturise the skin while providing broad-spectrum protection against the sun’s harmful rays.

Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40

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With its innovative gel formula, Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen glides effortlessly onto the skin, leaving behind a weightless, matte finish. This sunscreen contains antioxidants like vitamin E to protect against free radical damage and maintain healthy, youthful-looking skin.

Aveeno Positively Mineral Sensitive Skin Sunscreen SPF 50

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Ideal for those with sensitive skin, Aveeno Positively Mineral Sunscreen is a gentle yet effective option for daily sun protection. Formulated with naturally sourced zinc oxide, it provides broad-spectrum SPF 50 protection without irritating or clogging pores.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Melt-In Milk Sunscreen SPF 100

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La Roche-Posay Anthelios Melt-In Milk Sunscreen is a luxurious option that offers high SPF protection without the heavy feel or white cast. Enriched with antioxidants like vitamin E and La Roche-Posay’s proprietary Cell-Ox Shield technology, this sunscreen provides advanced protection against both UVA and UVB rays, helping to prevent sun damage and premature ageing.

Fenty Skin Hydra Vizor Invisible Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen

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If you have a darker skin tone and suffer from hyperpigmentation, this sunscreen is for you. With ingredients like hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and aloe, it helps manage the condition while giving you the protection you need. 

CeraVe Hydrating Sunscreen SPF 30 Face Sheer Tint

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For waterproof sunscreen, Neutrogena Invisible Daily Defense is ideal for individuals looking for a solution that will protect them from the sun while playing sports, swimming or even hiking. The water-resistant formula is an affordable option and gives you the protection you’re looking for without breaking the bank. 

Suntouchable Whoa Glow SPF 30

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A lightweight sunscreen, Suntouchable Whoa Glow SPF 30 doubles as a primer and is one of those products that you can apply on its own and be sure to have glowy skin. Infused with Squalane, Hyaluronic Acid and  Aloe, the fragrance-free sunscreen has a long-lasting effect and comes in three shimmer finishes: peach, champagne and bronze shimmer.

SkinCeuticals Ultra Facial Defense SPF 50

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Though a bit on the pricier side, SkinCeuticals Ultra Facial Defense SPF 50 is worth it. A daily-use sunscreen, it not only moisturises the skin but aids in preventing sun-induced ageing and discolouration. Easy to absorb, you can expect a light finish thanks to the state-of-the-art UV filters that will leave your skin hydrated. 

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