Updated: Jul 17, 2022
Finding a sunscreen that won’t have us out here looking ashy; while we’re trying to have hydrated, moisturized skin, has been a challenge for most of us. If you wear sunscreen then I'm sure you've experienced that dreaded white cast that most leave.
What causes the white residue?
The white cast is a result of the active ingredients in zinc oxide sitting at the surface of the skin; unlike chemical sunscreens that are made to sink into the skin. Mineral sunscreens contain two main ingredients, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. They work together to block the skin from ultraviolet radiation by scattering the sun's rays.
Do I need sunscreen? Even in the Fall/Winter months?
YES! YES! YES! I know we've all been told "black don't burn" and "black don't crack" growing up; but it is essential that we protect our skin throughout the year. Sunscreen should be included in your daily routine. Be sure to reapply sunscreen every two hours. More frequently if you are working out or in water so the sunscreen doesn't lose its efficacy.
What SPF will sufficiently protect my skin?
A SPF of 30 will sufficiently protect the skin. If you plan to be in direct sunlight for an hour or more SPF 50 will be best. (Pack that SPF 50 for those vacations.)
How much sunscreen should be worn?
To cover all exposed areas it is recommended to use a shot glass amount of sunscreen. It may feel like a lot at first, but we definitely want to make sure our skin is completely protected. For your face and neck alone; a 1/4 of a teaspoon or two nickel sized dollops will adequately cover those areas.
I have explored 10 different sunscreens on a search to find the best mineral sunscreen that doesn’t give your skin a "Casper the Friendly Ghost" appearance. Here are the 4 that made the cut.
Black Girl Sunscreen Broad Spectrum 30 $15.99
Unsun Mineral Tinted Sunscreen $29
Glossier Invisible Shield $25
Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF 50 $55