Updated April 16, 2023
Although individuals with darker skin have some natural protection against sunburn, the extent of protection depends on the amount of pigmentation. Regardless of skin tone, it is important to protect your skin year round, especially when spending prolonged periods outside. Though a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 may work, depending on the extent of sun exposure, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends a sunscreen product with a SPF of 30, and with broad spectrum protection. This indicates protection against both the sun’s ultraviolet longer (UVA) and shorter (UVB) waves. Furthermore, some sunscreen ingredients are better than others. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) cautions against sunscreen products containing certain ingredients (e.g., octinoxate) due to health risks. Whereas other ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are better. There are many sunscreen products from black owned brands. Accordingly, you can review the descriptions, ingredients, and SPF levels to decide which products (whether for the face or body) work best for you.
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- Absolute Joi by Dr. Anne (advertisement) has tinted mineral sunscreens (SPF 40) that are hydrating and nutrient rich. The sunscreen is also available on Amazon (advertisement).
- Black Girl Sunscreen offers a moisturizing sunscreen for the face and body (SPF 30). Similarly, a moisturizing sunscreen for kids is also available (SPF 50). Black Girl Sunscreen is available at Target (advertisement) and Ulta (advertisement).
- BLK + GRN (advertisement) has black girl sunscreens for adults (SPF 30) and children (SPF 50). USE the discount code shopwithleslie to receive your benefits when shopping.
- BLK/OPL on Amazon (advertisement) offers foundation sticks with broad spectrum protection (SPF 15). There are several color options.
- Bolden on Amazon (advertisement) has a SPF 30 brightening moisturizer with vitamin C.
- Eleven By Venus Williams (advertisement) offers a selection of sunscreens that include lip balms (SPF 15) and broad spectrum sunscreens (SPF 30 & 35). Products are also available on Amazon (advertisement).
- Fenty Beauty (advertisement) has a diverse selection of moisturizing sunscreens with SPFs of 15 and 30.
- KINLÒ (advertisement) has an extensive selection of sunscreen products (SPFs 30 to 50). These include facial care products, lip balms, moisturizing lotions and sprays. Products are also available at Walmart (advertisement).
- Slay Ready Cosmetics (advertisement) offers a moisturizing with an SPF of 50. Use our link or the code SHOPWITHLESLIEBLOG for a discount.
- The Lip Bar (advertisement) offers a selection of 3 in 1 tinted skin conditioners in several shades (SPF 11).
- Unsun (advertisement) offers diverse SPF products that can be found on their products page. These include SPF 30 mineral face sunscreens, a SPF 15 hand cream, and an SPF 15 body highlighter.
- Unsun sunscreen for the face is also available on Amazon (advertisement).
- Urban Hydration (advertisement) offers a moisture locking body lotion that is formulated with castor oil and Shea butter (SPF 30).
- Bree & Milly offers a natural sunscreen with coconut oil, edelweiss extract, Shea butter, and other ingredients with natural sun protection.
- Joy Lorraine Cosmetics offers an advanced protection sunscreen (SPF 30) for the face that protects against UVA and UVB rays.
- Nyraju offers a daytime solar defense mineral moisturizer (SPF 30) that blends into the skin.
- Zuhuri Beauty offers a broad spectrum sunscreen lotion for the face and body in SPF 30 and 50.
In reviewing these sunscreens, I hope you find one or more that work for you.
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- American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). “Sunscreen FAQs.” https://www.aad.org/public/everyday-care/sun-protection/shade-clothing-sunscreen/sunscreen-faqs
- Environmental Working Group. “The Trouble with Ingredients in Sunscreens.” https://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/report/the-trouble-with-sunscreen-chemicals/#.WyG3viAnaUk
- Environmental Working Group. “EWG’s Guide to Sunscreens.” https://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/#.WyGx1iAnaUl
- Paula, Elle. “Dark Skin & Sun Protection.” 8 July, 2017. https://www.livestrong.com/article/79484-hyperpigmentation-dark-skin/
6 thoughts on “Sunscreen Products from Black Owned Brands”
This post was definitely needed!! Quite a few people I know think that black people can not get sunburn or any negative affects from the sun. As someone who has gotten sunburn years ago lol I know it is real. I really enjoyed this and I’ll definitely be subscribing!!
This is a really useful post!
Thank you very much for this list! I had heard of Bolden but wasn’t sure I can use their product because some things in my skincare regimen do not work with Vitamin C.
Thank you so much for featuring BLK + GRN (www.BLKGRN.com) on your list! We got an email from a customer, that they found our website because of you! 🙂
I actually featured the owner of Black Girl Sunscreen on my platform. She broke down the need for sunscreen. It breaks my heart that black people feel as though we don’t need sunscreen because of the amount of melanin in our skin. We are still in danger and the right sunscreen can give us that added layer of protection. We have to be careful; some products have cancer causing agents in them!