“If you’re at all a melanated woman, it’s really hard to find sunscreen, because a lot of sunscreens because a lot of sunscreens have a white cast," Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said recently. Something I can personally attest to, after road-testing a lot over the years. Though, whatever your skin tone, applying daily SPF is a must to reduce your risk of skin cancer, hyperpigmentation and premature ageing (it’s a misconception that if you have extra melanin in your skin, you don't need to wear sunscreen). So, for those searching for an SPF that won’t leave an ashy residue on darker skin tones, peruse our shopping edit below.
Completely invisible, The Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen was revolutionary. Perfect for wearing underneath makeup, it will leave you with a smooth velvety matte canvas (no pesky breakouts). While offering broad-spectrum protection and no ghostly cast. Available to buy here.
The La Roche-Posay Anthelios Anti-Shine Sun Protection Invisible SPF50+ Face Mist solves the problem of reapplication throughout the day. This clever fine mist makes it handy to keep in your bag and reapply as needed. Without 1.) leaving you with any white residue and 2.) Interfering with your makeup. Available to buy here.
The SVR Ampoules Protect E-Shield SPF30 is unlike the traditional SPF. Firstly, the consistency is that of a serum rather than a cream or lotion. Secondly, not only does it provide sun protection, but the impressive roster of ingredients such as Vitamin E, Watercress extracts and Schisandra berry protect against pollution and reduce dark spots. Available to buy here.
Developed with sensitive skin in mind, Garnier Ambre Solaris Ultra-Light Sensitive Face Fluid is both lightweight and hypoallergenic. The formula consists of hyaluronic acid and glycerin to leave your skin feeling hydrated and soothed. Available to buy here.
Dr Jackson’s 01 Day Cream SPF 30, is an all-in-one day moisturiser plus sunscreen, taking care of two steps in one. The moisturiser is enriched with natural ingredients - Kigelia fruit extract, Shea fruit butter and Baobab seed oil - to pack a punch into terms of hydration, without feeling heavy. Available to buy here.
The SVR Sun Secure Extreme SPF 50+ Multi- Resistant Ultra-Matte Gel, is absolutely clear and non-sticky. The gel-like texture, is not only transparent but absorbs into the skin almost immediately. Also, happily, water, sweat and towel-drying resistant too. Available to buy here.