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The 15 Best Sunscreens for Dark Skin That Are Practically Invisible

These expert-approved formulas won't leave behind a white cast.

best sunscreens for dark skin in 2022
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You've probably heard it countess times before: sunscreen is meant for every day wear. But the fact is that not all sunscreen formulas are optimal for every skin tone, especially those with darker complexions. Whether chemical or mineral, many sunscreens are known to not completely disappear on deeper tones even after they're rubbed in. "When formulated incorrectly, opaque ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide can cause a white cast," Michelle Henry, a board-certified dermatologist and clinical instructor of dermatology at Weill Medical College, says. Rather than go without SPF entirely, Henry recommends looking for formulas that include micronized versions of their key ingredients, or incorporate the addition of masking pigments to avoid a ghostly cast.

Of course, we also recommend keeping an eye out for the right level of broad-spectrum sun protection and when it's time to re-up. "I recommend SPF 30 for daily use and SPF 50 whenever you are outside for more than an hour. Sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours," says Henry. To make it seamless for you to keep your skin protected from the elements, we've pulled together a few dermatologist- and editor-approved sunscreen picks from beloved Black-owned and buzzy tried-and-true brands, like Black Girl Sunscreen, EltaMD, and Fenty Skin that are perfect for melanin-rich skin.

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1 Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Black Girl Sunscreen

Henry recommends Black Girl Sunscreen to her clients, which is a culty among shoppers who've looked high and low for SPF that genuinely disappears once it's applied to deeper skin tones. Plus, its vegan, fragrance-free formula makes this sunscreen even more versatile.

2 No Shade Sunscreen Oil
Melē

Not a fan of how sunscreen feels on your face? Consider adding an oil to your daily regimen instead. Mele's lightweight SPF 30 formula is created specifically for melanin-rich skin, and is made without alcohol, mineral oil, or parabens.

3 Hydra Vizor SPF 30 Sunscreen Moisturizer
Fenty Skin

One of Rihanna's unofficial goals with her namesake brand Fenty Skin is make suncare glam—and effortless—for all skin tones and types. Enter: the Hydra Vizor SPF 30 Sunscreen Moisturizer, which combines hydration and broad-spectrum protection into one easy step.

4 Hydrating Sunscreen SPF 30 Face Sheer Tint
Ulta
CeraVe

As a mineral option, Henry also suggests CeraVe's tinted sunscreen, which offers lightweight SPF 30 protection and features a subtle tint to even your skin tone.

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GREAT FOR ACNE-PRONE SKIN
UV Clear Facial Sunscreen Broad-Spectrum SPF 46
EltaMD

With more than 3,000 reviews and nearly a five-star rating from Dermstore shoppers, Henry's next product pick for melanated skin is flanked with a serious cult following. EltaMD's UV Clear also is a great option for those with acne-prone skin, since it contains ingredients like niacinamide and lactic acid to control oil.

6 Mineral Tinted Face SPF 30 Sunscreen in Medium to Dark
Madwell
UnSun Cosmetics

Here's a tinted mineral sunscreen from UnSun Cosmetics that's made with darker tones in mind. It also works well as a primer and color-corrector, in addition to being water-resistant for up to 80 minutes per wear.

7 Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40
Supergoop!

Beauty editors and enthusiasts swear by Unseen Sunscreen from Supergoop!, since it not only rubs in invisibly, but is also oil-free and leaves behind a soft, velvety texture.

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GREAT FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Sunscreen SPF 50
Glow Recipe

If you're a fan of Glow Recipe's watermelon-based skincare collection, consider adding this SPF from the brand to your range of essentials. Not only is it optimized for a wide range of skin tones, but it also features ingredients like niacinamide and hyaluronic acid to soothe and plump skin.

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GREAT FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
Universal Mineral Face Lotion SPF 55
Cay Skin
Cay Skin

Supermodel Winnie Harlow recently launched this broad-spectrum SPF 50 face moisturizer from her buzzy Cay Skin line, which is fragrance-free in addition to dermatologist- and ophthalmologist-tested.

10 All-Physical Lightweight Wrinkle Defense Broad Spectrum Suncreen SPF 30
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare

This featherweight mineral SPF from Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare effortlessly melts into all skin tones, thanks to its transparent, micronized zinc oxide formula.

11 Unrivaled Sun Serum SPF 35
EleVen by Venus Williams

Created by tennis pro Venus Williams, this fragrance-free sunscreen applies like your go-to serum, and contains 25 percent zinc oxide. Added naturally-derived skin soothers like prickly pear makes it a dream to wear every day.

12 Self Reflect Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 32
Credo Beauty
Kinship

Over 400 Credo Beauty shoppers and counting love using this moisturizing, reef-safe mineral sunscreen. In addition to providing broad-spectrum protection, it also uses a plant-based probiotic to fortify the skin's barrier.

13 Golden Rays Sunscreen SPF 50+
Kinlò
KINLÒ

Here's another tinted sunscreen from tennis star Naomi Osaka's Kinlò collection, which is an every day staple in her beauty routine. "I like to keep things simple for my day-to-day makeup as I don't really wear much, but to prep for meetings and interviews, I typically use our Kinlò Golden Rays Sunscreen," she tells BAZAAR.com. "It has a slight tint, which gives me a great glow on Zoom. It also helps protect my skin against damage from blue light."

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GREAT FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
Hydro UV Defense Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50+
Sephora
Laneige

This hypoallergenic and dermatologist-tested sunscreen is ideal for both darker skin tones and sensitive skin, since it contains centella asiatica to help soothe irritation.

15 SPF 30 Brightening Moisturizer
Bolden

An equal part moisturizer and sunscreen, Bolden Skincare's fan-favorite SPF 30 formula includes brightening vitamin C and deeply moisturizing squalane to improve skin's texture and tone over time.

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