5 Sunscreens Perfect for Dark Skin

Summertime is the peak time for everyone to show off their glowing skin. To keep our skin safe from UV rays, everyone needs sunscreen. It used to be hard to find a good sunscreen for people of color without making our skin look ashy or purple-tinted. However, as the beauty industry continues to diversify, we are finding more and more products that work for melanin. If you are looking for a new sunscreen, try out one of these five sunscreens.

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Black Girl Sunscreen SPF 30, 3 fl oz

Black Girl Sunscreen is a cream-based formula that advertises it does not leave white residue on the skin. It dries clear before any makeup application. It’s a black-owned sunscreen that does not contain parabens, fragrances, Oxybenzone and Octinoxate. It’s perfect for those who are vegan too. It is available online and in select Target stores for USD $15.99.

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Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40, 1.7 fl oz

Supergoop does not play with their sunscreens. They are known for their sunscreen translucent powders and setting spray. This sunscreen, Unseen Sunscreen, is the perfect black-friendly, oil-free sunscreen. It is a clear gel-based formula that dries matte on the skin. It protects our skin from UVA rays, UVB rays, and blue light from our technology. It’s perfect for reapplying throughout the day. It is available online and in Sephora stores for USD $32.00. 

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EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 46, 1.7 fl oz

EltaMD has been an industry-favorite for years from dermatologists to estheticians. They have a wide range of sunscreen products including their sunscreen lip balm. This sunscreen, UV Clear Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen, is a great one for black skin. The easy pump allows you to apply it quickly on the face and neck. It is lightweight, oil-free sunscreen that’s perfect for those who have acne, hyperpigmentation, and rosacea. It is available online via Dermastore for USD $35.00.

La Roche Posay Anthelios Clear Skin Dry Touch Sunscreen SPF 60
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La Roche Posay Anthelios Clear Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30, 1.69 fl oz

This French pharmacy has one of the best sunscreens on the market. This sunscreen has been highly recommended by dermatologists and magazines.  La Roche Posay Anthelios Clear Sunscreen Lotion is one of the best clear sunscreens on the market. It’s great for black people who have sensitive skin. It is water resistant and perfect for trips to the pool. It is fragrance-free, paraben-free, oil-free sunscreen. This product is available online and drugstore retailers for USD $19.99. 

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Krave The Beet Shield Sunscreen SPF 50+, 1.69 fl oz

Korean beauty has always been one step ahead of the Western market with beauty products. Krave Beauty has introduced a new sunscreen to the Western market. The Beet Shield has an SPF 50+ that contains beetroot extract and antioxidants to fight against free radicals in the air. The sunscreen is a fluid-based sunscreen that does not have a white cast. A good tip for this sunscreen is to use this as a makeup primer.  This product is available online via Krave Beauty for USD $20.00. 


For anyone wanting beautiful skin, sunscreen is an essential part of anyone’s routine. It helps protect your skin from the sun and a good part of an anti-aging routine. Black people have more melanin in our skin that comes with hyperpigmentation aka “dark spots”. It helps prevent your dark spots becoming darker. Apply your sunscreen every two hours to ensure your skin’s protection. Look into alternatives for makeup like Supergoop Invincible Setting Powder and Defense Refresh Setting Spray. The myth that black people do not need sunscreen is simply just a myth.  Alhtough we like to live by the phrase “Black don’t crack”, we still need to protect and care for our skin.


Sterling is a beauty and lifestyle writer that's originally from Atlanta, GA. Background in Art History and Beauty Marketing, Sterling loves to write about the latest products, cultural trends and lifestyle brands on her site, The Beauté Study. She can be found on all socials under @thebeautestudy.

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