The Best Sunscreens for Black People

Best Sunscreen for Black Skin

Everybody needs sunscreen year round, but when summer hits many of us spend more and more time outside. This means it’s time to step up our sunscreen game. For many years I didn’t bother with sunscreen because I was tired of the white cast they all seemed to leave on my skin. Also, let’s be honest, black people have often supported the “we don’t need sunscreen” myth. But we do. In fact, I wrote about a black woman who is a two-time melanoma survivor HERE, so yes, it is possible for black people to get skin cancer.  Below you’ll find a compiled list of what I believe to be the best sunscreens for black and brown people. Many of these sunscreens were developed by people of color, so they get it. I’ve tried several of these myself and I’m glad to report that they won’t leave that god awful white/ashy caste on your skin. Without further ado, I give you my list of the best sunscreens for black people. Let me know if you have any additions to this list!


best Sun Screen for Dark Skin

Black Girl Sunscreen

I just discovered Blackgirlsunscreen company and I am obsessed. It’s black-owned, available at Target and they carry a line for kids! I just ordered two of the kid SPFs because JB will be going to camp this summer, and I am sick to death of these ashy mcashy body sunscreens we have to put on our kids.  Buy HERE, or HERE

blackgirl sunscreen

suncreens for black and dark skin

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist

Sprays on and just melts into the skin. Buy it HERE

neutrogena ultra sheer body mist

Bolden Sunscreen

Bolden Skincare is a black-owned skincare line. They recently launched in Target, and offer an amazing facial sunscreen that will not leave you with ashy skin. Buy HERE,  HERE, or HERE.

bolden sunscreen

Good Beaute 

Good Beaute is a skincare line founded by black women for black women. Their SPF is amazing. I’ve been using it daily for the last few months and I have nothing by glowing results.  Shop HERE.

good beaute SPF

Aveeno Active Naturals Protect + Hydrate for Face SPF 50 Sunscreen Lotion

This is best used on dry skin because it’s moisturizing, but it blends in beautifully and keeps your face protected. Buy HERE

Best sunscreen for black skin Aveeno

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Weightless Lotion Sunscreen

Moisturizes protects and smells like a dream. Buy HERE.

Hawaiian Tropic best sunscreen for dark skin


Neutrogena Beach Defense (Broad Spectrum SPF 70)

I haven’t tried this one myself, but I’ve heard great things. Buy HERE.
best sunscreen for dark skin neutrogena beach defenseCOOLA Organic  Sunscreen Body Spray

I used this all summer last year and loved it. It also smells really good. Buy HERE or HERE.

coola sunscreen spray best for black skin

I hope you enjoyed my roundup of the best Sunscreens for black people. These sunscreens won’t leave you with ashy skin/white cast. Summer is upon us so it’s time to stalk up and stay safe in the summer sun. Let me know if you try any of these sunscreens for black people. 


Sunscreen for Darker Skin



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  1. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! For this list. I know there are lots of boutique brands that have ash free sunscreen but I do not want to spent that much just for my body. Do you find the Hawaian Tropic scent lingers long? I like the smell of coconut but will also spend time in professional areas so being heavily scented will be a problem.

  2. I can’t use a near one of these because I have a photoallergy when the sun comes in contact with chemical absorbers on my skin. I can only wear mineral/natural sunscreens either titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. If I wear anything else outside my skin breaks out in hives when it has prolonged contact with the sun and I itch for days.

  3. Wearing sunscreen daily will help to protect your complexion against harmful UV rays that make scars darker. Or you can try a product with vitamin C to help even out discoloration from post-breakout scars.

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