I love the sun. I was born in July (shout-out to all my fellow Cancers), so perhaps I’m predestined to love warm weather and the feeling of the sun grazing my brown skin. The origins of my sun-worshipping ways really have no bearing here because the indisputable fact for Black and brown people is that the majority of sunscreens for the face and body leave a ghostly white cast that’s just plain unsightly. And because of this, it’s tempting for us to just skip this vital skincare step altogether, which skin experts agree is a terrible idea.
The myth that Black people don’t need sunscreen has long been busted, and it’s high time for everyone, independent of their skin tone, to incorporate SPF into their everyday routine. Aside from the scarier consequences of skipping sun protection (ahem, skin cancer), there are other common challenges like uneven texture and hyperpigmentation that are exacerbated by the sun, too. So, yeah, sis. Get some sunscreen. Ahead, 17 options that provide sheer, non-ashy coverage for women with dark skin.