Best facial sun creams that won’t look chalky or ashy on dark skin tones

Best facial sun creams that won’t look chalky or ashy on dark skin tones

06/03/2021

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It’s crazy the amount of holiday pictures I have from childhood where I look almost grey because of the thick, chalky suncream my parents applied on my face.

Nowadays, more brands are savvy to their broad consumer base and the spectrum of skin tones they need to cover. Luckily there are ample options for those of us with more melanin to choose from, in both mineral and chemical formulas.

As a daily SPF wearer, I’m always on the lookout for a high factor that won’t make me look too shiny, too ashy or too greasy, so I’ve been putting a few new launches to the test in a bid to find my perfect sun cream match.

Here’s what I thought of these three trending mineral and chemical formulas…

Hawaiian Tropic Mineral Skin Nourishing Milk – get a 30ml bottle in OK! Beauty Box

This literally smells like summer beach holidays – a heady coconut and floral concoction. At SPF 30, it offers great protection against UVA and UVB rays, and the mineral formula is pretty lightweight, with a texture similar to double cream. It blended well on my complexion – no ashy cast in sight.

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Hello Sunday Everyday Moisturiser SPF 50, £15 for 50ml here

This sun cream/moisturiser hybrid offers more than just SPF. Your skin can also enjoy the benefits of hyaluronic acid and aloe vera, which condition your complexion as well as protect it from UVA/UVB rays.

The formula is gentle and fragrance free, which is great if you’re sensitive to scent. It didn’t leave any hint of a cast, and was a good base for makeup. Win-win.

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SuperGoop! Glowscreen SPF30, £15 for 15ml here

You’ll love this one if you want to add a little radiance to the skin, as it has a pearlescent finish.

I personally was a little worried it would make my already-shiny skin look worse. On a deep skin tone like mine, and in the wrong light, pearly formulas can create an ashy look – but thankfully this didn’t. I was also pleased that it looks great under a light foundation.

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