The struggle is real. When it comes to creating sunscreen for people of color, companies love to turn a blind eye. Our skin may not burn as easily as those with paler tones (thanks to melanin) but that’s no reason for them to ignore entire sections of society.
The sad thing is, this neglect by the industry has also made us think sun protection is not essential, myself included. For years, I never considered sun protection an important part of my routine simply because it wasn’t readily available. Of course visiting a dermatologist to learn about it was never a priority, because: African upbringing.
Fast forward to when my skin care journey actually began and being armed with the knowledge of how important sunscreen is. I started searching for one and was constantly disappointed. I learned that many formulations contain the necessary sun protection ingredients, zinc or titanium oxide, making them bright white. On application, they left my dark skin grey and slick with grease. Anita Bhagwandas termed my thoughts perfectly when she said “smurf, zombie, clown mask much?”
Thankfully, I discovered some brilliant Asian sunscreens for the face which apply, absorb, look and feel like a dream. ‘What about the rest of the body?’ I thought. Cue these five sunscreens that may be worth a try thanks to the rave reviews by people of color.
- Banana Boat Sport Perfomance Cool Zone Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Spray – SPF 30 and 50
- Doc Martin’s of Maui Nex-Gen Waterproof Sunscreen SPF 30
- L’Oreal Paris Advanced Suncare Clear Cool Lotion SPF 30 and 50
How frustrating has your search for a good sunscreen been? Have you found anything you like yet? Let me know in the comments below!
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Kindly note that I can’t guarantee that all of the make-up and skincare products I recommend will suit you. Everyone’s skin is different and it’s possible to be allergic to anything. Always, patch test your products.