YES, Black girl you need sunscreen too!

Now we all know the power of melanin. However, it is not enough to protect black skin from the hyperactivity of harmful UV rays against the sun. It is a common misconception that black people don't necessarily need sunscreen or an appropriate SPF (Sun Protection Factor) to protect ourselves from the sun. Especially with the help of coined phrases such as "black don't crack" which aids the miseducation on rather or not sunscreen is necessary for black skin.

Yes, melanated skin does have a natural SPF of about 13 but an SPF of about 30 is what is usually recommended from dermatologists to protect skin from the harmful effects of the sun. Historically proven the medical field has not always tailored to black people in a way that would best benefit us and dermatology is no different. A 2012 study discovered about 47% of dermatologists including dermatology residents were not properly educated and trained on how to treat different skin ailments for black skin.




Although skin cancer is less endemic in the black community compared to the white population. Deeper skin is not necessarily immune to the damaging effect of UV rays that could lead to skin diseases such as melanoma, which is a harmful skin cancer that if diagnosed early can be treated. The beauty of a good SPF is it helps to minimize and prevent hyperpigmentation and sun-related blemishes. Yes, deeper skin is naturally more protective and is sometimes looked at as an inborn skin protectant however people of all skin types can suffer sunburn if sunscreen is not used properly. Increasing awareness of the importance of sunscreen and routine skin checks for people of all skin types is an important part of skin cancer prevention.



Yes, we hear the expressions of "sunscreen makes me look white as a ghost" Or "sunscreen makes me look ashy" we hear you and we know. Some SPF's were not curated with deep skin tones in mind which can leave sort of a white cast residue after application. So below we've listed a few black-owned sunscreen lines specifically tailored for deep skin below. We recommend always using a good SPF daily moisturizer. Also if you'll be experiencing significant sun exposure throughout the day slather that SPF on there is no such thing as too much when it comes to protecting our melanin.





 Here Is A List Of 4 Of Our Fav Black Owned Sunscreen Lines Made With DEEP Skin Tones In Mind





Black Girl Sun Screen: Ultra Sheer SPF 30 Moisturizing Sunscreen

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Black Girl Sunscreen is exactly that sunscreen for black skin. An SPF created by a Black woman for Black women. It dries clear and acts as the perfect primer before applying makeup and can be used before any outdoor activity.

Black Girl Sunscreen also offer a stronger, all-day sunscreen for kids.



Unsun - Tinted Mineral Sunscreen With SPF 30

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Unsun is a Black woman-owned brand made especially for people of all complexions, from fair to deep chocolate. Mineral sunscreen offers a many benefits, but is one of the main culprits when it comes to leaving a white cast on dark skin.  Unsun is a mineral sunscreen that is specially formulated to blend evenly on dark skin.


Bolden SPF 30 Brigtening Moisturizer

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Bolden is a Black-woman owned brand as well that’s committed to making beauty products that complement women of color. Their Brightening Moisturizer with 30 SPF combines advanced ingredients with broad-spectrum sunscreen to visibly improve the appearance and youthfullness of melanated skin.  

My Butter Bar - Melanin-in Skin Nourishing with MPF

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My Butter Bar’s Melan-in Skin Nourishing lotion offers UV absorption which they refer to as MPF (melanin protection factor) without the harsh chemicals usually found in big-name brands. This 4-in-1 100 percent plant-based moisturizer promotes a natural alternative that promises to add a glow and instant vitamin boost to your skin and body care regime. We recommend this gentle formula to acne prone skin types.



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