Wearing the Biore sunscreen with my favorite filter and lots of excitement for this post!
Happy Wednesday guys! So to be completely honest, I started using sunscreen regularly only about a year ago. Growing up in Ghana, it was just never a thing and when I decided to give it a try in the US, it always left me looking like Casper the Friendly ghost. Frankly, I also just felt that as a black girl, I didn’t need it. So what changed for me?
Well, I found out that contrary to what I thought, the presence of melanin only provides SPF 15 protection (still pretty cool!). So we still need an additional broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection of at least SPF 15 whenever we’re outside for prolonged periods. For a basic science breakdown, UVA radiation causes sunburns and dangerous cancers like melanoma whilst UVB radiation is causes photoaging; the wrinkling and loss of elasticity in skin.
The great news is that regular sunscreen use reduces skin cancer risk. A recent study also established that it also fights against the photoaging process so you can look young forever; jk but you get my drift. Lastly, those pesky acne scars or dark spots that you’re still battling? Slathering on some sunscreen regularly will let them fade faster; I can personally attest to this! So now that we’ve established how awesome sunscreens are, which ones are black girl approved aka will not make you look like Casper?!
1. Biore Sarasara UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence Sunscreen SPF50+/PA++++ : It has the longest name ever but this sunscreen is so bae and was the game changer for me. It has a silky/semi-matte finish, doesn’t leave the dreaded white cast or any oily residue and works great under makeup. The PA++++ rating means that it offers the highest level of protection currently available against UVA radiation. It being SPF50 also means that you’re well protected against UVB radiation; win-win. I’m wearing it in the title pic with moisturizer underneath.
Image taken from amazon.com
2. Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30/ PA+++ – I initially got a sample of this product in Sephora and absolutely fell in love with it. I mean it smoothes out the texture of your skin, blurs all your pores, offers protection against UVA and UVB radiation and primes your skin with a semi matte finish; what’s not to love? Oh I remember, the $65/£55 price tag! If you’re on a budget like me, get a sample to test it first and then buy the travel size until you’re ready to pay for the full product.
Image taken from muradcosmetics.com
3. Unsun SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Sunscreen : I came across this black owned sunscreen company on my instagram feed last week and got so excited! The founder created this mineral tinted sunscreen for people of color to address her frustration with the white cast that most sunscreen products always left on darker skin. It’s formulated with great ingredients like shea butter and vitamin E, free from parabens and other “controversial” ingredients and offers broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB radiation. Also if you need any more motivation to wear sunscreen, check out their instagram to see the founder who is the very definition of fountain of youth.
Image taken from unsuncosmetics.com
4. Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Lotion Sunscreen Ultra Radiance SPF 30 :I got this sunscreen on a last-minute stop before a beach trip and I was quite pleasantly surprised. It blended well into my skin with no ashy cast, smelled “un-sunscreen” like and had a subtle, radiant finish. It offers broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB radiation, it’s quite affordable and is stocked in most grocery stores.
Image taken from hawaiiantropic.com
5. SunBum Sunscreen Spray SPF 50 My friend introduced me to this brand a few years ago and I remember both of us being so excited because it was the first time we had found a sunscreen that didn’t make us ashy and greasy. The spray version is so handy for quickly applying sunscreen when in a hurry!
Image taken from ulta.com
So, what are your sunscreen habits?! How often do you wear it and which other black girl approved ones do you use?! Let me know in the comments below!