Isn't it frustrating when you need to wear SPF but it leaves a white cast on your dark skin? Some people may ask why do you need to wear daily sun protection if you have a dark complexion. Okay, so this skincare misconception is still around, huh? Well, melanin may be good, but it is not resistant to the sun. Whether you have fair, olive, or dark skin, we all should be wearing sunscreen every day especially when going outside. Yes, you should wear sunscreen even when you are staying inside your home too. Not wearing sun protection can increase your risk of having skin cancer and worsen any existing hyper pigmentation. But the real problem here is, what sunscreen to use that works well on dark skin tones? Because let's face it-- sunscreens are not made equal. Some end up looking chalky or leaving a white cast on skin. Great thing you found this article. Keep scrolling to discover the best sun-protection products to keep your complexion protected that won't leave chalky marks!
Glossier Invisible Shield SPF 35
A water-based gel that is so easy to apply with no grease or sticky feel? Yes, please! The Glossier Invisible Shield's formula is clear with a very smooth consistency. It has a combination of antioxidants within the gel that neutralize free radicals on your skin and leave your skin soft and glowy. The antioxidant cocktail can also fight signs of aging and keep your skin burn-free.
Kiss My Face SPF 30 + Sun Cream For Face and Neck Protection
If you are a fan of Kiss My Face's skin creams, lotions, and moisturizers, you will absolutely love their sun cream protection too. This cream is super easy to blend into the skin and there is no whiteness left after application. It feels like a regular lotion that leaves your skin soft and smooth. So if you have dry skin, this product is perfect for you. Another great thing about this cream is it can work as a moisturizer too because of its oil content and thickness.
Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence 50+ PA+++
Asian women surely know this amazing skin cream. This Asian skincare product feels smooth, light, and transparent upon the first application. It is so perfect for medium to dark-skinned women. Trust me, it won't leave white casts on your skin. You can also use this under makeup or other moisturizers without making your skin look shiny and clogged.
Clear Cover Invisible Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30
If you are looking for a product that can act as a sunscreen and a primer under makeup, this one is for you. Clear Cover Invisible Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is like a serum with a sticky finish to allow makeup bonds to your skin and stay in place. This awesome product is good for controlling oil production.
Moroccan oil Sun Lotion SPF 50
Another water-based sunscreen with a mixture of argan and coconut oils to soften and nourish the skin, introducing, Moroccan oil Sun Lotion SPF 50! This cream applies very lightly so you can still apply on top of other body lotions. This is also perfect for those with sensitive skin as it is free of mineral oil.
Clinique Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen Fluid
Most of us know how hard it is to blend mineral sunscreens to dark skin tones. But the Clinique Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen Fluid
has a thicker mineral base that makes it an excellent option for people with normal or dry skin. Even though the formula is heavy, the fluid still blends easily and dries totally transparent with no sticky finish.
Black Girl Sunscreen
Made with four different oils-- jojoba, sunflower, avocado, and cocoa butter, Black Girl Sunscreen can work as your sun protection and also a moisturizer. There's a kid's version of this product too.
Have you tried any of the featured products? If yes, you probably know how effective these are in protecting your skin from the sun. But if you haven't tried them yet, you should include any of them (or all of them) on your skincare shopping list!
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