Black Women aren’t using Sunscreen?

…and I’m 1 of the culprits—well I used to be. So what’s the problem? Well for one, a lot of us didn’t think we needed sunscreen. We thought being black came with a natural sunblock—ha, NO! The sun is real, the burns are real, and melanoma is REAL! Because We—Black Women…Black People, assume we are not at risk—skin cancer tends to be diagnosed at a more advanced stage and our survival rate is significantly shorter than for others.

Skin cancer can happen with or without sunburn.

Lack of access to preventative screenings, low quality or no health insurance and poor medical care (yes, sometimes minorities or purposely given sub par medical care) are all factors that can lead to worse health outcomes. Awareness here is key for prevention. Anyone— regardless of race, can get skin cancer. Before we treat—lets attempt to prevent.

Do you have hyper-pigmentation? Well, the sun is drawn to those dark marks and makes things worse! Wearing sunscreen can help you on your journey to combating hyper-pigmentation (combined with a good skincare regimen).

Lets face it, the mainstream cosmetics industry has just become more inclusive (yeah—I know), and now it’s tons of sunscreen options for us so that we don’t look all ghostly after application. More products for us in a market that we didn’t know we needed could help promote use and understanding.


According to the CDCsunscreen absorbs, reflects or scatters sunlight to protect against UV rays. It is suggested to wear a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. You know I got you covered below.


“63% of African American participants in a survey said they never used sunscreen.”

Here are a few options to start you on your journey:


Unsun Mineral Tinted Sunscreen SPF 30 

Created by Katonya Breaux—this sunscreen blends evenly on your skin and doubles as a tinted moisturizer. Though developed for women of color, this sunscreen has a tint that works for women of all shades.


Bolden SPF 30 Brightening Moisturizer

Made by two Nigerian Women (Chinelo Chidozie and Ndidi Obidoa) for other Black Women—this moisturizer has SPF 30 sun protection and contains vitamin C to brighten and correct discoloration. This brand does not utilize zinc oxide or titanium oxide in order to prevent the white cast commonly associated with applying sunscreen. I rotate this brand often and it makes me look and feel so refreshed upon application.


Black Girl Sunscreen SPF 30 

Created by Shontay Lundy, a Black Woman. This sunscreen also does not use zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, instead this formula contains avobenzone along with homosalate. This sunscreen soaks into your skin and does not leave any white cast.


Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense SPF 30 

A little bit on the pricier side, this sunscreen works wonderfully under makeup or even mixed in with your foundation and gives you a luminous glow. This formula is really thick so you really have to make sure to work it in when using alone. This version is tinted which makes it amazing for deeper tones (try the non-tinted sheer version here).


Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion Sunscreen

On the more affordable scale, this sunscreen hydrates the skin and comes in SPF 30 and SPF 50. This formula is a gel and gives you a dewy finish.


Palmer’s Eventone Suncare Cocoa Butter Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 

For total body protection, this is one of my go-tos. This sunscreen is water & sweat resistant and also gives your skin a healthy glow. Formulated with cocoa butter, shea butter and coconut oil this sunscreen is sure to leave you moisturized and well protected from the damaging effects of the sun.


Paula’s Choice Extra Care Non-Greasy Sunscreen SPF 50

This is by far my favorite on this list! Ideal for sports and all skin types­—this is a face & body sunscreen that is sweat & water-resistant. This sunscreen is light with a silky texture that goes on smooth. It doesn’t feel heavy or oily which make this my go to option when I’m wearing no makeup at all.


Do you currently use sunscreen? Comment below with more options—each one, teach one!

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