No matter the weather, but especially during the summer months, SPF is a must have. But what isn’t a must-have is that ghastly, oily white cast that many sun protections in the past have left your skin. Fortunately, the formulas for SPF have become much more sophisticated, featuring skin-loving ingredients and acting like skincare as well as an SPF, along with being invisible on the skin.
It goes without saying that these can be all be used on all skin tones – but let’s face it: lighter skin tones can often get away with the SPF’s that leave ashy undertones on deeper skin tones, so we’ve created this list of inclusive sunscreens that are great for all skin tones. Black skin has some amazing qualities – its resilient, it glows and it ages well. But it’s still skin and as such, it is not resistance to sun damage – in fact, it needs just as much sun protection as any other skin type.
These SPF’s leave your skin protected, comfortable with an invisible finish (no white cast, thank you very much!). Some of these also feature other fab ingredients to boost your skin too. You’ll be addicted!
Why Black Skin Needs SPF
It’s a deeply damaging skincare misconception that needs to be left in the past that those with darker complexions don’t need daily sun protection: so, put that thought out of your mind! Melanin rich skin isn’t sun resistant: you should be wearing sun screen every day, no exceptions.
Not only does sun damage increase your risk for cancer, it can also worsen any existing hyperpigmentation.
“Black skin needs SPF because it provides a layer of defence against the harmful effects of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Although melanin, the pigment responsible for the colour of darker skin, offers some natural protection against UV damage, it is not sufficient to completely shield the skin from the sun’s harmful rays.
While darker skin tones have more natural melanin protection, it is still essential to use SPF because:
- Protection against UVB rays: Melanin provides some natural protection against UVB rays, but it is not sufficient to prevent sunburn or long-term skin damage. Sunscreen with an appropriate SPF helps to block these harmful rays and minimise the risk of sunburn.
- UVA protection: UVA rays can still penetrate the skin and cause damage, even in individuals with darker skin. Sunscreens with broad-spectrum protection can help shield against UVA rays, reducing the risk of premature aging and skin cancer.
- Uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation: Sun exposure can lead to uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation in individuals with darker skin. Regularly applying SPF can help prevent or minimise these concerns.
- Skin cancer risk: People of all skin tones can develop skin cancer, so using SPF is a crucial preventive measure,” says Dr Amiee Vyas.
Here are some of our approved sunscreens for melanin rich skin that you’ll absolutely love.