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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- Alaffia offers a coconut face lotion with broad spectrum protection (SPF 15). This is also sold on Amazon (advertisement).
- BLK + GRN ⇔ offers a broad spectrum tinted mineral sunscreen for the face by Unsun (SPF 30). A broad spectrum black girl sunscreen (SPF 30) is also offered.
- Bolden offers a hydrating broad spectrum SPF 30 brightening moisturizer as a part of their facial line of products.
- Clear Essence offers a moisturizing body lotion (SPF 15), and a moisturizing skin milk (body toning lotion) with a SPF of 15 that protects against UVA and UVB sunlight. The beautifying milk is also available on Amazon (advertisement).
- Iman Cosmetics offers an oil free moisture complex (SPF 15) and an all day moisture complex (SPF 15) for the face.
- Iman SPF 15 products are also sold on Amazon.
These include the skin tone evener (medium deep) (advertisement)
and the time control oil free moisture complex (advertisement).
- Joy Lorraine Cosmetics offers an advanced protection sunscreen (SPF 30) for the face that protects against UVA and UVB rays. Creme blend and stick foundations (SPF 15) are also available.
- Nyraju offers a daytime solar defense mineral moisturizer (SPF 30) that blends into the skin.
- Specific Beauty offers a water resistant and broad spectrum (SPF 30) active radiance day moisturizer that is light weight and oil free. It is available through Amazon (advertisement).
- The Butter Bar Skincare offers a melan-in skin nourishing lotion for the body with natural sun protection.
- Unsun offers diverse SPF products that can be found on their products page. These include a SPF 30 mineral face sunscreen, a SPF 15 hand cream, and several SPF 18 lip tints.
- Vera Moore Cosmetics offers a broad spectrum SPF 25 sunscreen.
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- American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). “Sunscreen FAQs.” https://www.aad.org/media/stats/prevention-and-care/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/