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The Best Sunscreen for Darker Skin Tones, Based on Your Skin Type

When it comes to finding the right sunscreen for darker skin tones, there’s no one-size-fits-all option. You need to find a sunscreen that doesn’t leave a white cast or flashback and also works for the type of skin you have.

Thankfully, here at Supergoop!, we believe in many options, which is why we have an assortment of sunscreens that work beautifully on darker skin tones, whether you’re combination, dry, oily, acne-prone or normal. Keep reading to find the right sunscreen for you.

Combination: Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40

Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 is our most popular SPF for a reason. It goes on completely clear (so it works on literally every skin color), and the formula is light enough to work on slightly oily skin, but substantial enough to work on slightly dry skin––AKA combination skin.

The velvety formula glides on to create a smooth canvas for makeup, so if you have combination skin and love makeup, then Unseen Sunscreen’s for you.

Oily: 100% Mineral Matte Screen SPF 40

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If you have oily skin, you may have a spotty history with sunscreen, marred with memories of trying to blend it in to your best efforts but ending up a greasy mess. So we understand if you’re wary to start wearing SPF every day!

But it is possible to find a sunscreen that doesn’t mess with your already overactive oil production. The key is finding a formula that boasts mattifying features instead of hydrating ones. And the answer is 100% Mineral Matte Screen SPF 40. This formula uses only mineral sunscreen actives which tend to have smoother and drier properties than chemical actives.

If you’re familiar with 100% mineral sunscreens, you know that it’s impossible to create a formula that goes on completely invisible, but we do our best to mask the white cast that all 100% mineral sunscreens leave by including a light tint in Matte Screen’s formula. The universal tint blends into every shade of medium to deep skin tones while blurring pores and keeping shine away.

Dry: Superscreen SPF 40

If you have really dry skin, you can’t use just any normal sunscreen. While most sunscreens are inherently more hydrating, really parched skin needs something that takes it to the next level. You’ll want a daily SPF that works double duty to provide supreme hydration while also protecting you from all the bad stuff.

Enter: Superscreen SPF 40, our first moisturizer with SPF. We worked really hard on this one to make sure it was both super moisturizing and easy enough to apply so you can wear it every day. The texture is super light and bouncy and it absorbs into your skin really quickly (because we know no one has time in the morning to apply in a heavy moisturizer) and leaves skin hydrated all day, thanks to a mix of plant extracts, including blue-green algae. While the formula starts off white, it blends in clear and doesn’t leave any white cast or flashback.

Acne-prone: Glow Stick SPF 50 or Mineral Matte Screen SPF 40

Our suggestion for acne-prone skin depends on if you have drier or oilier acne-prone skin. If you’re on the drier side, look no further than Glow Stick SPF 50. This convenient, super lightweight sunscreen goes on completely clear (just like Unseen) and has been clinically tested to be non-comedogenic. P.S. It’s common myth that acne-prone skin shouldn’t use any skincare products with oils, but if you use a product with nourishing oils that aren’t heavy, they will work to calm and hydrate instead of clog pores and trigger acne.

If you have acne-prone skin that’s on the oilier side, then Matte Screen is for you. It’s a 100% mineral sunscreen primer that uses zinc oxide as one of its main sunscreen actives. Zinc oxide is known to work wonderfully with acne, since it helps soothe inflamed skin. And since it has a universal tint, it can subtly cover up any blemishes you may want to hide.

Normal: Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 or Everyday Sunscreen SPF 50

The beauty of Unseen Sunscreen is that the formula works great for a multitude of skin types. If you have normal skin and you like to wear makeup, Unseen will become your go-to. Swap your primer with this and you’ll get your SPF protection, blue light protection and makeup canvas all in one. Its clear formula will blend in on any shade of skin and won’t cause any flashback.

If you’re not the makeup type and have normal skin, then check out Everyday Sunscreen SPF 50, which is our very first formula that’s still a best seller. The lightweight lotion is fast-absorbing, blending into your skin easily and without any chalky finish. It lightly hydrates, too, thanks to a blend of essential oils. P.S. If you’re an active person, this is hands-down the best sunscreen for working out. It’s sweat- and water-resistant for up to 80 minutes and has been proven to not run into eyes and sting.

+Want more tips for the best sunscreen for darker skin tones, based on your exact skin type? Leave your skin type in the comments below and we’ll get back to you!