Sunscreens for Darker Complexions

When you go out this summer, it’s a good thing that you put on your sunscreens, but putting on the ones with ghastly residue is as worst as wearing a wrong foundation shade. In as much as we all need to protect our skin from the UVA rays(dark skinned or fair skinned), the ghostly white residues it leaves behind is worst on a darker skin tone.

Gone are the days when we use to think sunscreens are only for the fair skin, scientists have concluded that every skin tone is at risk of the UVA rays damages.  “One of the biggest misconceptions out there is that melanin skin doesn’t get skin cancer,” explains Dr. Shasa Hu, co-founder of BIA Life. “Mounting cancer statistics and medical studies have shown that people with darker skin can develop skin cancer from chronic sun exposure and often they are diagnosed late because of the lack of awareness.”

It has been recommended to use various wide-spectrum of Sunscreens with minimum of SPF 30 or higher everyday, regardless of your skin tone. Pick tinted formulas to fight the white cast residue, look out for sunblock agents like titanium-dioxide and Zinc-oxide, avoid fragrances and citrus botanical extracts. All these precautions will prevent hyper pigmentation, sun-burn damage, uneven skin tone, skin cancer and so on.

Here are some sunscreens for darker skin tones, doesn’t give a white cast and give a good protection:


Invisible Shield Daily Sunscreen SPF 35, $25 at Glossier


Simply Zinc Ultra SPF 50, $39.21 at The Sunscreen Company

Drunk Elephant

Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30, $34 at Drunk Elephant

Black Girl Sunscreen

Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30, $18.99 at Black Girl Sunscreen


Tinted Mineral Sunscreen, $29 at Unsun


UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46, $35 at DermStore

La Roche-Posay

Anthelios Face and Body Sunscreen Melt-In Milk Lotion SPF 60, $35.99 at Target