Sun protection is something you need all year round, not just in the summer months, so it’s especially important to find a a it works for you. But if your sunscreen leaves a white or gray streak on your skin, you might be tempted to ignore it. And unfortunately, this is a problem for many people with darker skin.
All skin types, including black skin types, should be protected from harmful UV rays, but not all sunscreens are included. On brown and black skin, they may look ashy or leave a white or purple tint. Brands may advertise that their sunscreens are “suitable for all skin tones” but this is often not the case, especially if you apply the right amount of sunscreen, which should be a thick layer.
Given recent advances in technology, sunscreen that isn’t inclusive shouldn’t exist in 2021 — and the industry is making strides to do better. For example, many mineral sunscreens (zinc is notorious for leaving a white cast) have progressed, catering to all skin tones.
If you’ve struggled to find a sunscreen that doesn’t leave white marks on your skin, worry no more: we spoke to some amazing people with brown and black skin ― doctors, content creators, makeup artists, journalists beauty and more ― who recommend their favorite sunscreens below. Read on to find out their top picks.
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