One myth that's been perpetuated for too long? That dark-skinned people don’t need to wear sunscreen since extra melanin is present in the skin. But melanin alone is not enough to protect you from the sun. A base tan gives you about the protection of an SPF4 sunscreen, while just wearing a t-shirt gives you closer to SPF7 protection. Anyone, no matter their skin tone, can get sunburnt - and skin cancer.
To reduce your risk of skin cancer, wearing sunscreen that has broad-spectrum protection and an SPF30 or greater is the way to go. But there are so many formulas out there and most of them leave an annoying white cast on dark skin, making it an expensive trial and error when choosing products.
So, let’s get some answers on your - *ahem* - burning questions on the best sunscreens for dark skin. We’ve done some homework so that you don’t have to trawl through the pharmacy aisles anymore!
The Best Sunscreens For Dark Skin Tones: What Does A Great SPF Offer?Your skin isn’t built to defend against sun damage, so slathering on sunscreen each morning is a must – all year round.
The best sunscreens for dark skin tones offer:
Protection from UVA and UVB Rays
Aesthetically, repeated unprotected sun exposure can cause pigmentation, dark spots, fine lines or wrinkles. And sadly, with cases of skin cancer, those with black skin may often find they get a worse prognosis because of being diagnosed at a later stage, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Our Oh My Bod! SPF50 Body Sunscreen gives you super protection from UVA/UVB rays, free radicals, dehydration, and environmental aggressors. Not to mention it’s cruelty-free, vegan, and oxybenzone-free. Generally when searching for sunscreen, look for the words “broad spectrum” on a label, which means it has ingredients that can protect you from UVA as well as UVB rays.
No White Cast
You have to wear SPF, but it doesn't have to look like you are. For dry or oily, dark or pale, our sunscreen range is designed to remain invisible on all humans. When it comes to a fast-absorbing sunscreen with zero white streaks, try the Resting Beach Face SPF30 Sunscreen Serum made with organic UV filters. It’s invisible and suitable for all skin types and tones. This super formula contains hyaluronic acid to plump up skin with hydration, while spinach and green tea strengthen your skin barrier.
SPF30 or Above
With time, UV rays break down collagen and elastin, the proteins in the skin that give you that firmness and elasticity. The best fight against aging is prevention, yet another reason to have a skin routine in the morning. Resting Beach Face SPF30 Sunscreen Serum is perfect for your face and can be applied every morning in your routine. You can even use it under makeup - don’t worry, there’s no white streaks whatsoever. Oh My Bod! SPF50 Body Sunscreen has an SPF of 50 that blocks out harmful UVA and UVB rays and can be used on your body. It has a great lightweight, non-sticky formula that will absorb straight into the skin. Plus, it will save you from sunburn, pollution and a bad tan. Essentially, a sunscreen that has higher SPF protection and broad-spectrum coverage will give you far greater protection than those with lower SPF values. Keep that in mind!