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Do people with dark skin need to wear SPF?

best sunscreen for dark skin, best sunscreen for black skin

Spoiler alert: No matter your skin tone, you need sun protection every damn day. 

You must wear sunscreen all year round both indoors and outdoors and not just during the summer months. As UV rays are active on all days, cloudy or not, the sun can cause damage to your skin in all seasons.  

So, sis, please put on the sunscreen! Plus, there are a plethora of sunscreens that don’t smell like sunscreens or leave a white cast. 

According to a recent cosmopolitan poll, 1 in 3 Black women never, ever wear SPF. So, don’t feel disheartened if you don’t, but do not take this as an opportunity to relax. Wearing sunscreen is still the best way to prevent skin cancer and still extremely important in reducing hyperpigmentation and ageing. 

Applying sunscreen should be the last step in your daily morning routine after you moisturise.  

Product we recommend 

Black Girl Sunscreen SPF30  

  • Vegan & Cruelty-Free 
  • Does not clog up your pores 
  • Does not leave a white/purple cast 
  • Safe on all skin types 
  • Natural  

Eleven by Venus Williams On-The-Defense

  • A Lightweight Sheer Mineral Sunscreen That Melts Into Skin, Leaving A Semi-Matte, Non-Chalky Finish 
  • Clean, Reef-Safe Formula Utilizes Zinc Oxide (25%) To Protect Skin From The Sun's Harmful Rays 
  • Non-Chemical SPF Offers Physical Protection From UVA & UVB Rays 
  • Vegan & Cruelty-Free, Fragrance-Free, Dermatologist-Approved | Clean Beauty Sunscreen 
  • Great For All Skin Types 

Biossance Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen 

100% non-nano, non-toxic zinc SPF 30 mineral sunscreen that protects and hydrates all skin types and guarantees no white cast.  

  • Vegan 
  • Cruelty-free 
  • Paraben free 
  • May leave a very slight blue tint on dark skin.

Paula’s Choice Resist Super Light Wrinkle Defense SPF 30

Paula’s Choice Resist Super Light Wrinkle Defense SPF 50 

  • 100% Fragrance free, 
  • Uses Zin Oxide: Mineral sunscreen, effective in providing protection against sun’s UVA rays in addition to UVB rays. Very gentle and therefore suitable for sensitive skin. 
  • Suitable for all skin types: The light lotion texture of this cream is suitable for normal, combination, oily and sensitive skin types. It's lightly tinted and doesn't leave a white cast on the face while protecting from sun damage.

Everyday Humans Resting Beach Face 

  • Zero white cast and suitable for all skin types and tones 
  • Cruelty-free, reef-friendly & vegan 
  • Packaged in recyclable paper 
  • Super protection from UVA/UVB rays, dehydration and pollution 



- Reapply your sunscreen throughout the day

Don’t forget to apply SPF to your neck, ears, lips, hands, feet and scalp! 

Ensure your sunscreen offers UVA and UVB protection 

Protect your skin today and it will thank you for it tomorrow! 



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