Sunscreen Products from Black Owned Brands

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 unsplash-logoCasey Horner

Although individuals with darker skin have some natural protection against sunburn, the extent of protection depends on the amount of pigmentation.  Irregardless, 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 with retinoids (vitamin A related) as in conjunction with sunlight, this can pose 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.  See the product links below.

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  • BLK + GRN (advertisement) USE the discount code shopwithleslie to receive your benefits when shopping.  Find black girl sunscreens for adults (SPF 30) and children (SPF 50). 

  • 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 everyday SPF 15 body lotion. 
  • Unsun sunscreen for the face is also available on Amazon (advertisement). 




  • Bree & Milly offers a natural sunscreen with coconut oil, edelweiss extract, Shea butter, and other ingredients with natural sun protection.  






In reviewing these sunscreens, I hope you find one or more that work for you. 

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References

  1. American Academy of Dermatology (AAD).  “Sunscreen FAQs.”  https://www.aad.org/media/stats/prevention-and-care/sunscreen-faqs
  2. Environmental Working Group. “The Trouble with Ingredients in Sunscreens.” https://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/report/the-trouble-with-sunscreen-chemicals/#.WyG3viAnaUk
  3. Environmental Working Group.  “EWG’s Guide to Sunscreens.”  https://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/#.WyGx1iAnaUl
  4. Paula, Elle.  “Dark Skin & Sun Protection.”  8 July, 2017.  https://www.livestrong.com/article/79484-hyperpigmentation-dark-skin/

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6 thoughts on “Sunscreen Products from Black Owned Brands

  1. 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!!

  2. 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.

  3. 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! 🙂

  4. 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!

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