Sun Protection and SPF for Black and brown Skin
There are two types of light from the sun that cause sun damage - UVA and UVB. Your skin needs protection from both types to avoid premature ageing and skin cancer. SPF protects against UVB, so look for products with broad spectrum coverage as this will protect against both UVA and UVB.
SPF is a number that indicates how long the sun would take to damage your skin when using the product exactly as directed vs the amount of time with no sunscreen. Black skin is thought to naturally have an SPF of 13, which is a great start but it’s not enough to stay protected.
Everyone should ideally be wearing SPF 30 every day. Even if your makeup or skincare products contain SPF, this isn’t usually enough to keep your skin protected from both UVA and UVB. Your sunscreen should be applied directly to your face before the rest of your routine.
There are two different types of sunscreen that stop sun damage:
It’s worth remembering that physical sunscreens that use ingredients like zinc oxide can leave your skin looking ashy as they leave a white cast on your skin. This can give sunscreen a bad rep for darker skin tones, so we often prefer chemical sunscreen products.t
We love Black Girl Sunscreen, which is why it’s exclusively available from Candour Beauty in the UK.
Created by Shontay Lundy specifically for melanated skin, Black Girl Sunscreen dries completely clear, is water resistant and is filled with moisturising ingredients like jojoba and avocado. You can wear it under your makeup, to play sports or to swim (reapply it afterwards).
It’s also completely cruelty free, vegan, natural and comes with a SPF of 30. We even have the kid’s version available which comes in SPF50 for even more protection.
Ultrasun is another fantastic sunscreen brand for darker skin tones. The range offers specially formulated SPF for the face, body and hands - the Ultrasun Transparent Sports Spray is a must-have when it comes to SPF that doesn't leave a residue or a white cast on brown and black skin. It also absorbs super-quickly and is easy to reapply as needed, so you can stay safe from the sun straight away.
Don’t skip on your SPF, your skin will thank you for it!