For people with brown skin, finding the perfect sunscreen requires a lot of research and testing — not all sunscreens are created equal. It’s tricky to discover formulas that don’t go on chalky and pasty to begin with, but especially for darker skin tones. And though tinted sunscreen can help dial up the saturation, even tinted sunscreens for dark skin tones come with their own problems. A limited shade range (or lack of deeper shades, specifically) can mean even the darkest option available will still leave your skin with a ghostly white cast to it.
But, my friends, it doesn’t have to be that way. There are plenty of options that do the job of protecting you from sun damage, come in a decent shade range, and provide amazing coverage for darker skin tones (while color-correcting, blurring, and priming skin). Don’t believe us? We spoke to dermatologists and makeup artists about their favorite tinted sunscreens for dark skin to save you a whole lot of anguish and trial and error.
Before we dive in, know that SPF 30 guards against 97 percent of UVB rays, and SPF 50 is about 98 percent effective at shielding you from sun damage. New York City-based board-certified dermatologist David Colbert previously told Allure that the American Academy of Dermatology recommends a sunscreen of at least SPF 30 or higher because it is clinically proven to provide enough protection to reduce the adverse effects of sunlight.
You’ll find that all of these picks offer at least SPF 30 protection, and unlike sunscreens that use chemical UV filters to protect your skin, all are physical sunscreens with a mineral zinc oxide or titanium dioxide base. Mineral sunscreens sit on the surface of your skin, physically scattering and reflecting UV light, and are favored by dermatologists for sensitive skin types because they have hypoallergenic formulas that reduce your risk of skin irritation.
Here, 11 tinted sunscreens to help you look and feel your best in the sun, with plenty of skin benefits to their credit.
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