In case you couldn’t already tell, summer has officially arrived! And with summer comes higher, more humid temps but while it may feel great to finally show off that oh-so good looking summer bod, more exposure to the sun and UV rays can wreck havoc on your skin—therefore, we must protect ourselves and our skin. All of us,regardless of race or skin type, needs protection from the sun.
It is a common misconception that people with darker skin tones are immune from the potential damaging effects of UV rays and thus, have the option of omitting sunscreen from their daily skin care routines. But while having more melanin does provide some protection, extended exposure to the sun without proper protection, heightens the risk of getting sunburns or even worse, skin cancer. In fact, studies have shown that the possibility of death from skin cancer is much higher for african-americans diagnosed than white, hispanic, or east asian patients as diagnosis is often delayed because patients tend to ignore suspicious lesions.
Thankfully, there has been a surge of sunscreen options specially designed for darker skin tones and even more great options for all skin tones and skin types.
Sunscreen not only guards us from UV rays and prolonged exposure to the sun but it also protects us from other sun-related skin conditions like, Melasma, Hyperpigmentation, Dermatitis and even pre-mature aging.
But, I know choosing the right sunscreen can be challenging, especially since it can leave an unpleasant white, chalky residue behind, particularly on people with darker skin tones. Here are my top 6 sunscreen options for darker skin tones:
1.LA VANILLA The Healthy Sun Screen SPF 40 Face Cream
A hydrating, fragrance-free, noncomedogenic one-hundred percent natural formula, this sunscreen uses a new generation of minerals for superior broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Infused with youth-promoting antioxidants, botanicals and amnio acids, this ultra-sheer formula also provides daily protection and nourishment for the skin, titanium dioxide an zinc oxide delivers UV filters that keeps fine lines and wrinkle at bay.
$20.00, sephora stores, lavanilla.com
2.KIEHL’S Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+
This lightweight, oil free, water resistant, fragrance-free, parben free and color free sunscreen can be layered over your moisturizer for optimal UV protection, as it also prevents skin aging. Infused with antioxidant vitamin E, this sunscreen also helps prevent free radical damage.
$38.00, sephora stores, kiehls.com
3.CLARINS UV Plus Anti-Pollutant
Formulated with an exclusive anti-pollution complex this daily use, lightweight, oil free sunscreen shields the skin from UVA/UVB rays, pollution and free radical damage. In addition, it also forms an invisible shield that protects against the appearance of dark spots and future aging.
$45.00, sephora stores, clarins.com
4. AVEENO Protect + Hydrate Lotion Sunscreen With Broad Spectrum SPF 70 For Face
This sunscreen combines enviroguard technology and active naturals colloidal oatmeal to deliver superior broad spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection while hydrating the skin to keep it soft and smooth. It is fast obsorbing, oil free, noncomedogenic, sweat and water resistant.
$8.99, target stores, aveeno.com
5. BOLDEN Brightening Moisturizer with SPF 3
Soon to be released to the public, this powerful SPF 30, brightening moisturizer was specially designed for darker skin tones. Nourishing moisturizers and robust antioxidants help restore hydration and radiance while SPF 30 sunscreen guards against UV damage while vitamin C provides brightening corrective properties that counteracts daily oxidative damage.
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