One of the biggest and most dangerous myths surrounding suncare is that those with dark skin tones don’t need to use daily SPF. While melanin does provide some protection from the sun, UV ray exposure, no matter what skin tone you are, can come with a whole host of side effects.
That being said, just because you’re wearing sun protection, doesn’t mean you have to look like you are. Suncare has come a long way, and there are now multiple types, shades and forms to choose from to find an application that works for you.
We’ve rounded up the top Suncare products for dark skin tones, from shade selections to find your perfect match, to clear lotions, sprays and drops that won’t leave a cast.
Suncare With Shades to Choose From
1. Australian Gold Botanical SPF 50 Tinted Face Mineral Sunscreen
New for 2021, Australian Gold Botanical SPF 50 Tinted Face Mineral Sunscreen comes in three shades, Rich, Medium and Fair. Not only does this new formula provide great protection, but it can double as a makeup primer or light foundation. Plus it’s got all the markers we’re looking for; Vegan, Cruelty, Gluten and Fragrance Free, Hypoallergenic, Dermatologist Tested and Reef Friendly.
2. COOLA Rosilliance Organic BB Cream Golden SPF 30
COOLA Rosilliance Organic BB Cream Golden SPF 30 boosts your skin’s natural radiance for a you-but-glowier look. This tinted face sunscreen evens your skin tone and hides imperfections for a luminous, no-makeup look. Plus it’s formulated with 70% certified organic ingredients and is water resistant for up to 80 minutes!
3. All Good SPF 50 Tinted Sunscreen
Organic and natural, All Good carries two Tinted sunscreen options; Butter in a smooth and creamy formula that leaves a barely-there matte finish and Lotion, made for face or body that offers a hypoallergenic option for all skin types.
4. Clinique Moisture Surge Sheertint Hydrator SPF25
Clinique Moisture Surge Sheertint Hydrator SPF25 offers seven shades to choose from of this tinted hydrator that provides 12 hours of hydration, complexion perfection and sun protection all in one.
Suncare That Goes On Clear
5. COOLA Makeup Setting Spray SPF 30
A cult-favourite and constant best-seller at Well.ca, Coola’s Make-up Setting Spray has to be sent from above. Not only does it make daily suncare a no-brainer (just spritz and go), it goes on completely clear and helps makeup stay put while delivering much-needed hydration.
6. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion Sunscreen SPF 50
We love this budget-friendly option from Neutrogena. It’s silky smooth and goes on completely clear, perfect for layering under makeup!
7. La Roche Posay Anthelios
In two formulas, La Roche-Posay Anthelios comes in a Melt-in Cream, a comforting, non greasy texture for face and body that melts quickly leaving skin soft and velvety and Dry Touch Gel Cream, a weightless anti-shine gel-cream that instantly mattifies skin without clogging pores. Both formulas go on clear without a milky residue!
8. COOLA Full Spectrum 360 Sun Silk Drops Organic Sunscreen SPF 30
Suncare for indoors? You heard us right! Coola’s Organic SPF 30 Full Spectrum 360° Sun Silk Drops protects your skin not only from the sun’s harmful rays, but from the negative effect of screen time on your complexion. The perfect option for daily use, keep this one right by your laptop, especially when working by a window.
9. Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 30
The perfect way to make suncare a no-brainer habit, Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 is a daily lotion that moisturizes and protects to reveal brighter-looking skin.
10. Badger SPF 30 Clear Zinc Sunscreen Cream
Badger SPF 30 Clear Zinc Sunscreen Cream may start out white, but it blends well and dries completely clear, no matter your skin tone. It’s also delightfully lightweight and moisturizing with no added fragrance— which makes it great for all skin types, even the sensitive ones!