The 19 Best Sunscreens for Dark Skin Tones

It won't leave a cast—promise.

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Some skincare myths that need to be dispelled: Coconut oil is a good moisturizer (it's not); makeup wipes count as cleansing your skin (they don't); and not everyone needs sunscreen (they do). That last one particularly irks me, because believing it can endanger your health. For so long, we've been told that people who have dark skin don't need to use SPF religiously, and it's just not true.

Yes, dark skin tones need sunscreen, too.

In this myth's defense, there are some reasons why people might still believe it. For one thing, we've been taught that the main sign of sun damage is an itchy, red sunburn. For people with darker complexions, that sign is not always present. But redness is not the only sign of damage, even for people with pale skin. Sun damage caused by the sun's rays is present in skin cells and may not always be visible to the eye. Everyone, regardless of skin tone, is vulnerable to skin cancer.

But sunscreen hasn't always been formulated for darker skin tones.

While sunscreen is important to wear every day, it's also true that there weren't always a ton of sunscreens available that were designed and marketed for people of color. So many sunscreens leave white casts that don't blend well on darker skin tones, for example. But these sunscreens, formulated to work well on darker skin tones, don't—and they offer A+ protection, to boot.