10 Brown Girl Approved Sunscreen Products

By Christene Carr

How often do you wear sunscreen? If your answer isn't an emphatic 'everyday' keep reading. The number one complaint among women-of-color, regarding sunscreen, is that it leaves a gray to whitish cast on the skin. That might have been a valid complaint and a reason to skip sunscreen 10 to 15 years ago but in today's beauty world, that excuse is completely invalid. Talk to any dermatologist and they will tell you sun damage is the leading cause of premature aging (i.e. wrinkles, fine lines and dark spots) and skin cancer. People of color often mistakenly assume they don't need sunscreen but any skin can burn or get cancer. We understand that if you don’t like your sunscreen, you won’t wear it, so, we’re making it easy for you with this list of brown girl approved sunscreen products.

    All Skin Types

  1. Eucerin Daily Protection SPF 30 Face Lotion - a lightweight fragrance free formula that protects against UVA/UVB rays

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  3. Dermalogica Solar Defense Boost - can be used alone or added to your favorite moisturizer or foundation to provide SPF protection.

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  5. Supergoop Antioxidant Infused Sunscreen Mist - provides broad-spectrum sun protection while nourishing and moisturizing skin. It can be applied to wet or dry skin and it is water resistant for up to 80 minutes.

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  7. Specific Beauty Daily Hydrating Lotion SPF 30 - a daily, antioxidant rich, moisturizing SPF that provides broad-spectrum coverage. Emblica fruit extract, licorice and niacinamide work together to help prevent hyperpigmentation and balance the skin.

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    Oily Skin

  9. Neutrogena Clear Face Liquid Lotion Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 55 - formulated to provide broad-spectrum sun protection to oily acne prone skin. It is a lightweight lotion that absorbs into skin leaving a matte to semi matte finish.

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  11. Dermalogica Oil Free Matte SPF 30 - a creamy, lightweight formula that quickly absorbs into the skin leaving behind a matte finish. It also contains Caffeine, Niacinamide, Biotin and Yeast extract to help regulate oil production and soothe inflammation.

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    Sensitive Skin

  13. Olay Complete All Day UV Moisturizer SPF 15 Sensitive Skin - a broad-spectrum lightweight, oil and fragrance free daily moisturizer that contains vitamin E and aloe.

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  15. Neutrogena Pure & Free Liquid Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 - a waterproof weightless liquid that quickly absorbs into the skin to provide broad-spectrum protection against the sun’s harmful rays. It is formulated without oils or fragrance to work on its own or under moisturizers and makeup.

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    Dry Skin

  17. Murad Essential C Sun Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Pa+++ - an easy to use balm stick that provides broad-spectrum SPF protection as well as antioxidant protection through the use of vitamins, A, C and E. Broccoli extract helps to boost the skin's natural defense against UV damage and tangerine butter helps to lock in moisture and smooth skin.

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  19. Mario Badescu Moisturizer with SPF 30 - contains green tea extract, a natural antioxidant as well as aloe Vera to hydrate and soothe skin and St John’s Wort to help repair delicate skin. It is a lightweight lotion that provides superior moisture and protection to all skin types but we like it for mature/dry skin.

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