Sunscreen and brown skin: Let's talk about it. One of the biggest misconceptions in beauty is that if you have extra melanin in your skin, you don't need sunscreen. The melanin in our skin can do a lot of magical things, but protecting us from the sun is not one of them. As the absolute LAST step in your #ZynSkin routine, sunscreen has historically been an issue for people of color due to the white cast it leaves (and it is absolutely NOT cute). To this day, skincare - including sunscreen, tailored to melanin skin tones is limited. After testing dozens of options, here are our top 3 picks:
Black Girl Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30
As you can assume from the name, Black Girl Sunscreen was created with women of color in mind (though it can be used by all skin tones). It’s popular for drying completely sheer on all shades of skin, which is a rare feat compared to many other formulas on the market. It has everything you absolutely need in a sunscreen—SPF 30 broad spectrum protection, no fragrance, and is oxybenzone free (with extra points for being water-resistant for 80 minutes). We love that it’s filled with natural antioxidants that are integral for skin health and environmental protection, like avocado, jojoba, and carrot juice. Because the formula is so lightweight and easy to blend, you’ll never think to skip your daily application.
Bare Republic Tinted Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30
Looking for a mineral formula that won’t leave a white cast and can be found at your local Target? This stick sunscreen from Bare Republic has you covered. Not only does it have SPF 50 protection, but it’s completely reef-safe and free of oxybenzone—meaning it’s a great pick to throw in your beach bag.
Glossier Invisible Shield SPF 35
Applying a lotion sunscreen in the thick of summer might not sound appealing, which is why we’re thankful that gel formulas exist. Our favorite is this one from Glossier, which has an ultra lightweight consistency that goes on like a standard serum. Because of its texture, it applies completely clear, melts into the skin seamlessly, and doesn’t leave any residue or white cast. We appreciate that it protects against both UVA and UVB rays, and contains antioxidants to prevent signs of aging from environmental stressors.
And there you have it! Who's adding sunscreen to their #ZynSkin routine?
Comment below if you found this helpful and let us know which one you like best! You might just see a collab soon!!!