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SPF S.O.S : 5 Highly favoured SPF products

By: Shaza Elnour


We often hear the misconception that people of colour do not need to wear sunscreen lotions or other products with high Sun Protection Factor (SPF) because the melanin in their skin provides protection against UVA/UVB rays. While melanin provides some protection against UV rays, sunscreen is still needed to ensure higher levels of protection.

While the beauty and skincare industry is expanding to be more colour-inclusive with the products they put out, it can still be tricky to find just the right products that won’t leave your skin feeling (and looking) greasy, pale or under-protected. To help you get started with finding the right product, we have compiled a list of the top 5 highly favoured sunscreens for People of Colour down below.


1. SuperGoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40

This sunscreen is described as oil-free invisible, weightless and skin-smoothing product, with a velvet matte finish. It doesn’t end there because this product doubles as a primer! Unseen Sunscreen won the Allure Best of Beauty Award in 2018. With claims to ingredients like red algae and frankincense to soothe and a complex derivative from meadowfoam seed for hydration, your skin will feel protected and streak-free.



      2. Black Girl Sunscreen SPF 30


Black Girl Sunscreen was founded to cater exclusively to the need for a natural, non-white residue producing sunscreen that caters exclusively to melanated women. Did we mention that it is reef-safe too? A win for both the environment and your skin.



      3. Bolden SPF 30 Brightening Moisturizer



A brand started by two black women with the commitment to create beauty products that compliment women of colour. Their SPF 30 Brightening Moisturizer includes Vitamin C as well which claims to act as an anti-oxidant and brightening corrective. According to customer reviews, this SPF product passes both anti-greasiness and anti-white residue tests!



      4. Glossier Invisible Shield SPF 35


Glossier’s Invisible Shield SPF 35 provides a non-sticky clear water-gel formula, that quickly absorbs into the skin. Say goodbye to the greasy residue and white casts.



     5. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Eventone Suncare


Palmer’s Suncare contains Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter and Coconut Oil – the perfect recipe for protecting + moisturizing your sunkissed skin.