best sunscreen for women of color

The 8 Best Sunscreens for Women of Color

Summer’s coming, and it’s time to stock up on all-natural sunblocks that won’t leave you looking like Flashback Mary.

By: Chelsea March

While being melanin-enriched is nothing short of a blessing, that tends to come with the misconception that sun protection is irrelevant. Melanin is one of the Seven World Wonders (I’m sure of it), but it isn’t resistant to UV rays. We all need to be wearing SPF every day. I know the fear of a chalky-white or even purple cast is off-putting, to say the least, but times are changing. Sunscreen formulas have improved, and there is a slew of products that can both protect our skin from the scorching rays of the sun and keep us looking as dazzling and glowy as ever.

While we’ve established that SPF is nonnegotiable, we don’t just want to slather on a sun lotion—we need to protect our insides, too. What goes in must come out, amirite? Clean beauty is on everyone’s lips right now, and for good reason. It’s our prerogative to spend more time investigating ingredients and their effects on the body and mind. So whether you prefer a more matte base, or radiant and dewy, there is a product out there that’s good for both your skin and body at the same time. Check out our list of eight SPFs that will have your natural hue protected and pool-side ready.


Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40, $32

This weightless, scentless, and colorless sunscreen is a game changer. The formula pairs beautifully with your other serums for a no-makeup day, and it’s also perfect as a matte primer for a full face.

REN Clean Skincare Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30, $36

This is a double dose of clean! It’s a mattifying physical sunscreen packed with good-for-you ingredients like yellow passion fruit seed extract and non-nano zinc oxide, which delivers the best possible sun protection. REN Skincare is not only known for their killer products, but for their commitment to making packaging that is better for the environment. The packaging for this SPF is 50 percent recyclable and its cap is 100 percent recyclable.

Biossance Squalane + Mineral SPF 45, $39

Don’t be fooled by its white formula to start; it blends in to leave luminous and healthy-looking skin. Packed with squalane, this intensely hydrating and sun-protecting formula reflects damaging rays away and perfectly preps your skin for makeup.

Tatcha Silken Pore Perfecting Broad Spectrum SPF 35, $65

This cult favorite (and my personal one, too) broad-spectrum SPF is anti-aging and gives skin the appearance of smaller pores. This formula is non-comedogenic which makes it a perfect pick for acne-prone skin.

Cover FX SPF 30 Booster Drops, $45

Cover FX is primarily known for their range of cosmetics, but many don’t overlook their booster drops. They have an array of options like mattifying, brightening and one that shouldn’t be missed, the SPF 30 Booster Drops. It’s crystal clear and can be added to any foundation or worn alone. Talk about the best kind of mixer! Who’s up for a makeup cocktail?

Krave Beauty The Beet Shield SPF 50, $20

We know the power that beets have in our food, but who knew it applies to skin care, too? This beet root extract, antioxidant-rich liquid protects the skin from free radicals, environmental stressors, and the sun. There’s also no white cast, making it the perfect final step to your morning skin-care routine.

Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47, $34

This tinted, chemical-free sunscreen comes in a universal shade that works on all skin tones. It gives your skin a kiss of coverage and a hint of radiance. The added argan oil leaves the skin perfected and protected.

Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream SPF 30, $85

If you’re looking for a double-duty product, then this is it. While it’s a natural, broad-spectrum sunscreen, the formula also contains ingredients like antioxidants, plant oils, and fatty acids that regenerate the skin. This zinc-oxide SPF protects against UVA and UVB rays and is the perfect mix of sun protection and an anti-aging serum.

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