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The best face and body sunscreens for dark skin tones

Find the ideal sunscreen to suit your skin tone, and lifestyle, that won't leave your skin looking ashy ever

While the melanin in darker skin tones offers some protection from the sun, it’s definitely not enough to protect against  skin cancer and skin ageing UVA and UVB. 
However, while wearing an SPF should be part of everyone's daily skincare routine, it’s a step that many of us with brown and Black skin skip, due to formulas not being designed with warm skin tones in mind. You know what I’m talking about here; ashy looking limbs and purple hued complexions have been par for the course for decades. 
Thankfully change has been afoot and now there are plenty of new invisible formulas for us brown and Black folks to protect our skin with all year round...

For your Face

Black Girl Sunscreen SPF30
Moisturising avocado oil, antioxidant packed cacao and soothing carrot juice can be found in this daily SPF that dries totally clear, making it ideal for Black and brown skin. As well as having multiple skincare benefits so you don’t actually need to use a moisturiser when you wear it, it can also be worn during multiple activities too – from your daily commute to outdoor sports, and swimming.

SkinCeuticals Ultra Defence SPF50
Formulated with state-of-the-art UV filters, this lightweight and easily absorbed hydrating sunscreen helps to prevent UV induced collagen breakdown, UV induced hyperpigmentation and other signs of premature ageing caused by harsh rays.

Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF30
Protecting the skin against UVA and UVB rays, this lightweight and transparent gel melts into the skin for a mattifying effect without leaving a white cast behind. A complex of shitake mushroom and mucor miehei peptides helps to encourage skin firming collagen production, while a blend of barley, sunflower and cucumber extracts enhance moisture retention. 

ZO Skin Health Daily Sheer Broad Spectrum SPF 50 
Ideal for those with an oily or combination skin type, this SPF is non-greasy, and quick drying with a sheer matte finish. Not only does it protect against UVA and UVB but it also provides additional protection against high energy visible (HEV) light aka blue light emitted by digital devices and infrared (IR-A) rays from the sun.

For your Body

Dermalogica Protection 50 Sport SPF50
With up to 80 mins of water-resistant protection on the face and body, this is a great option for outdoor swimmers and sun, sea and sand holidays. It doesn’t stop there though, it also contains oleosome microspheres that help enhance SPF performance and counteract moisture loss triggered by extended daylight exposure.
Ultrasun SPF 30 Sports Gel
A clear liquid gel that leaves no trace on skin of colour, but protects both in and out of the water or if you simply get hot and sweaty in the heat. Free from perfume, mineral oils, emulsifiers and preservatives but packed full of vitamin E, to repair and hydrate.  

Clarins Sun Care Gel-To-Oil for Body SPF 30
A breeze to apply, this gel to oil SPF glides over skin with ease, protecting against UVA and UVB and deeply moisturising it too. It’s also pretty high-tech as it contains a water repellent function so you can apply it to dry or wet skin and remain protected while swimming. 

Colour Science Sunforgettable Total Protection Body Shield SPF 50 bronze
A water-resistant mineral based SPF that protects against UVA/UVB, pollution, blue light and infrared radiation while being non-comedogenic (so no backne to contend with) and hypoallergenic. What’s more, this formula has a bronze tint that warms and illuminates the skin.

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