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Sunscreen for dark skin - Face & Body

Updated: Apr 6, 2023

By now, we’ve all heard about the importance of sunscreen in our daytime skincare routine. Before I spill the beans on the best options that leave no white or blue cast, I want us to get familiar with what causes the white cast in the first place. This comes from being a Scientist myself, trying out many different brands as an influencer and also cross referencing from experts such as Dendy Engleman, MD and Christine Brozowski, MD.

You need to know that sunscreen formulas fall into two categories: chemical sunscreen and mineral sunscreen. How do they work you say? Well, chemical sunscreens work by absorbing the UV rays, converting it into heat and releasing it while mineral sunscreens are designed to sit on top of the skin, acting as a physical barrier to reflect these same rays.

Mineral sunscreens are the real culprits for the white or blue cast because they contain white colored ingredients such as zinc oxide and Titanium oxide which reflect the light.

The ingredients in a chemical sunscreen however are typically not white in color, so minimal or no residue is left behind after taking your time to rub it in.

It is important for me to include that, due to the techniques in which these sunscreens work, mineral sunscreens (the one that sits on your skin) has been proven better for hyperpigmentation and sensitive skin.

The good news is, advances have been made in the formulation of mineral sunscreen, thanks to transparent zinc oxide. This is especially great for dark skin.

Always select a broad spectrum sunscreen with spf 30 or higher. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends this because anything less will not provide maximum protection which can lead to skin issues such as damage, hyperpigmentation, burns and early signs of aging. Your skin tone doesn’t matter, wear it every single day even if you are not going outside and about 15-30 minutes before to step out.

Now that you are fully equipped with the info, have your pick from these 12 options:





If you are wondering how much sunscreen you should be using, think of the lotion as a film and aim to apply a generous amount to form the light film over your face.

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