The good news: Many brands are finally building options with darker skin tones to avoid this problem. Here are eight options that have all passed our testing by continuing to be absolute, providing broad spectrum protection and giving us bright light.
The absolute best sunscreens for all skin tones
This sunscreen can be used for both the face and body and protects your skin from UVA and UVB rays. It doesn’t smell that old-fashioned sunscreen and is 100% absolute.
Shop now: Black Girl Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30, $ 16
Dermatologists love this sunscreen for all skin types and skin types and rightly so! This popular favorite is oil-free and great for people with sensitive and dull skin caused by acne and rosacea.
Shop now: EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46, $ 37
If you are someone who doesn’t like sunscreen then this kid will change your mind quickly. It’s a lightweight, water-gel formula that basically feels like nothing when applied to the skin, plus, it’s makeup-friendly.
Shop now: Glossier Invisible Shield Daily Sunscreen SPF 35, $ 25
If you are a makeup-lover, this serum will act as a great foundation, helping your foundation float smoothly and giving your skin a light glow.
Shop now: EleVen by Venus Williams Unrivaled sun protection essence SPF 35, $ 50
Give your skin the luxury it deserves with this two-in-one moisturizer and sunscreen. It promises “mild air hydration” while simultaneously reducing the appearance of pores. It’s a great choice for those who love makeup as it won’t do medicine or be flashy (aka the white skin on your skin in photos).
This is a great choice no matter what skin or complexion you have. We file this application under “provide protection and feel and smell like nothing.”
Shop now: Supergoop! Sunscreen does not see SPF 40 PA +++, $ 34
Finding a mineral sunscreen that doesn’t produce white skin can be difficult for darker skin, but it’s absolutely amazing – we promise! Not to mention, it will hydrate, cool and soothe your skin due to the lilies and cane squalane extract.
Shop now: Biossance Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 PA +++, $ 30
If your skin concerns include discoloration, photo aging and hyperpigmentation, this sunscreen is for you. It’s so good that finding it in stock is almost impossible (but you can now pre-order).
Shop now: Bea Skincare Solar Defense SPF 30, $ 34
These sun drops are worth 100% investment and your skin will thank you. It is formulated with hyaluronic acid for hydration; Green tea leaf extract to protect from free radicals; and the combination of cassia extract, vitamin E and beta glucan to protect against premature aging and support the regeneration of damaged skin cells, all of which means: Your skin will lights up.
Shop now: Dr. Barbara Sturm Sun Drops SPF 50, $ 145
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