When it comes to the topic of sun protection, it is not only a common skin-care misconception that sunscreen should only be worn during the warmer months of the year but, that those with darker complexions do not need to wear sun protection at all. I can safely say that both of these statements are false. No matter your skin tone, whether it is cloudy or you’re indoors or outdoors, you should be incorporating sunscreen into your skincare routine every single day.
You may be wondering why this is the case considering that the sun doesn’t seem to make much of an appearance during winter but believe it or not, UV radiation from the sun is present within every season. As explained by Dermatologist, Dr Hiva, “It’s really important to use a sunscreen every day, even in winter months, because ultraviolet, which is an invisible radiation, is present all year round, even in the winter months.”
UV radiation is not only known as one of the highest causes of skin cancer but can age the skin and cause hyperpigmentation. The exposure to radiation causes damage to the skin’s DNA. That said, although those with darker skin tones have a sense of protection in the form of melanin, melanin does not guarantee that UV radiation will not do any harm. Yes, our melanin may be magical and indeed powerful, but it is not sun-resistant.
Dermatologist, Michelle Henry, states that “People with darker skin may not be more susceptible to skin cancer but when those with darker skin are diagnosed, the outcomes are typically worse because they are found at later stages.”
So, we’ve covered the importance of wearing sunscreen but let’s get into why we need to specifically talk about SPF for darker skin tones. Let’s face it, not all sunscreens are made with darker skin tones in mind and I’m sure we’ve all experienced putting on sunscreen and finding ourselves looking…ghostly. Darker skin tones need formulas that blend seamlessly into our skin, so here are five products that will do exactly that.
It’s all in the name. A sunscreen made by women of colour specifically for people of colour. Black Girl Sunscreen is a fragrance and paraben free SPF made with natural ingredients such as – avocado oil, jojoba oil, sunflower oil, and cocoa butter.
A personal favourite of mine and one that was definitely made with people of colour in mind. Its lightweight, silky texture works flawlessly on all skin types and complexions and with a powerful mix of Vitamin E and Aloe Leaf extracts, it is sure to leave the skin looking and feeling more youthful!
An affordable water based SPF that leaves zero traces of a white cast on the skin. It works to boost hydration whilst actively protecting the skin from sun damage and pollution and is perfect for every skin type!
This weightless and completely invisible SPF is perfect for those who prefer a matte finish, working as a form of sun protection and primer! The non-greasy formula sits well under makeup and most importantly, doesn’t leave a white cast.
A nourishing, lightweight fluid that leaves skin glowing without feeling greasy. With zero white cast, the La Roche Posay SPF is the perfect type of sun protection for both the hottest days of the year and yet the coldest as it not only shields the skin from UV radiation but adds moisture.