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Best Sunscreen for Darker Skin Tones

By Aisha Beau Johnson

There’s nothing worse than stepping out in that chic swimsuit and cover-up, getting a seat poolside, then having your vibe ruined when you look down to see ashy looking legs and arms. Protecting yourself from the sun’s harmful UV rays shouldn’t have to come at such a price.

Thankfully, gone are the days that we have to rely on sun protection that leaves our skin looking and feeling less than favorable. Let our melanin rejoice, because in recent years, a new crop of SPF-centric products that don’t leave an annoying white or bluish cast have hit the market.

And to make your shopping experience a little easier, we’ve rounded up some of our favs that are sure to keep you protected and hydrated all year long:

For Full Body Coverage: Black Girl Sunscreen

Let’s kick things off with the holy grail of no-cast SPF and highlight a crowd favorite. Black Girl Sunscreen is exactly as the name says and along with it protecting your skin from the sun, it’s also leaves it moisturized and glistening from head to toe.

To Combat Past Sun Damage: Fenty Skin Hydra Vizor Invisible Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen

This sunscreen by our Lord and Savior, the now self-made billionaire Ms. Robyn Rihanna Fenty—was made for those with hyperpigmentation in mind. This triple action formula protects the skin from the sun, utilizes niacinamide to aid in fading dark marks and hyaluronic acid to help keep it moisturized. It’s also combined with aloe to soothe any irritation.

To Get That Glow: CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen

For anyone looking to achieve a bit of coverage with their SPF, this sunscreen by CeraVe has a sheer tint to it that promotes a luminous glow with each use. It leaves the skin looking dewy without that greasy feeling and promotes hydration throughout the day.

For Those Who Get Active: Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protector Lotion

If you sweat, a lot, this one’s for you. This sunscreen is made to increase its usefulness in heat or water. It’s lightweight but manages to retain its protective properties for up to 80-minutes when exposed to water. Less reapplications and more fun in the sun.

For The Body Part We Always Forget About: Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15

Protect them lips, girl! This lip treatment helps in protecting the sensitive skin on your lips from sun damage all while keeping them moisturized. It also comes in 10 different tints, ideal for a range of skin tones.


Aisha Beau Johnson is a digital content creator, speaker, and founder of AishaBeau.com, a digital destination highlighting all things self-care for women of color. She specializes in writing about beauty, lifestyle, and wellness topics, highlighting the importance of internal and external well-being. Her podcast Re-Written is all about self-love.

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