If you’re into exfoliants (think your Vitamin C serums, AHAs, BHAs and the rest of the gang), have hyperpigmentation and/or you’re looking for protection from UV rays, sunscreen is your friend. Even though outdoor adventures are limited for the time being, your garden lounge session or neighbourhood jog is enough reason to slather some sun protection on your skin.
I occasionally use a Vitamin C serum, so I’ve been on the hunt for a sunscreen that doesn’t leave me with an ashy and purple tint, which is usually the case with mineral sunscreens.
Here’s the deal: deeper complexions do offer some level of protection against the sun (around SPF 13) but sunscreen provides more protection, with skincare experts suggesting a minimum of SPF 30 or sunscreens. Having a darker complexion does not make someone immune from skin cancer – in fact, cases of skin cancer in black people tend to show little correlation with sun exposure – but depending on your complexion, it can also protect against sunburn, and is an additional protective measure.
A few years ago, there wasn’t much choice for sunscreens that suit darker skintones, especially in the UK. I originally wanted to try the Glossier Invisible Shield but it was sold out, so after a scan on YouTube, I came across the COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream. It’s SPF 50, and comes from a K-Beauty favourite.
Although the cream is white, it blends into the skin without leaving a cast, like so:
It feels like a moisturiser and absorbs quickly, which is a pleasant surprise, so it’s safe to say this will be my go-to sunscreen for now.