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Sun protection for darker skin tones – yes, there’s a difference

Is that sunscreen you’re using leaving an obvious white residue on the skin? We’ve got you covered with these sun care products more suitable for your complexion.

Have you been skipping sun protection simply because you’re blessed with healthy amounts of melanin and all the products out there make you look like you’ve seen a ghost?

We feel your pain – too many formulas out there leave an embarrassingly obvious white cast or film on your skin, but that really isn’t reason enough to stop you from protecting your skin. After all, excessive sun exposure increases fine lines and discolouration of skin, decreases elasticity, and ups your risk of skin cancer.

Here, we’ve rounded up the best sun care solutions for darker skin tones. And while we're at it, we took the liberty of considering your other skincare needs like anti-ageing, colour correcting and make-up as well.

TRANSLUCENT OPTION: SUPERGOOP! ZINCSCREEN 100% MINERAL LOTION SPF 40, S$62

Supergoop! Zincscreen 100% Mineral Lotion SPF 40. (Photo: Supergoop!)

Sun care connoisseurs will know that zinc oxide blocks a broader range of UV rays, supports skin healing and fights skin inflammation. The only problem is that it leaves a white cast that looks unnatural even on fair skin. But this formula somehow gets it right – its light dewy lotion blends right into the skin, yes, even on dark complexions. And this translucent lotion comes with a skin-brightening tint.

PROTECTIVE BALM: LANEIGE AIR LIGHT SUN STICK, S$30

Laneige Air Light Sun Stick. (Photo: Laneige)

Is there anything this colourless wonder stick can’t do? Its protective film blocks out the harmful rays of the sun (hello, SPF 50) and pollutants, while its proprietary Selective Oil Balancing Powder locks in moisture to plump up skin. Rosehip seed oil is added to even out skin tone and promote cell regeneration.

WITH SKINCARE BENEFITS: BEYOND SUN PROTECTION BY CRYSTAL TOMATO, S$78.80

Beyond Sun Production by Crystal Tomato. (Photo: Crystal Tomato)

Not many brands dare to lay claim that skin gets better with use (of sunscreen). Besides protecting skin from the sun (SPF 75+), persistent pigment darkening, blue light, pollution and irritation, it also improve skin’s moisture level and evens skin tone. Its dry-to-touch finish doubles up as a mattifier.

READ: No time to visit the beauty parlour? Banish skin woes in a snap with these DIY gadgets

CUSHION WITH SPF: SULWHASOO PERFECTING CUSHION INTENSE SPF50+/PA +++, S$105 + REFILL

Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense SPF50+/PA +++. (Photo: Sulwhasoo)

This K-beauty leader’s cutting edge Radiance Pearl Powder Complex just got an upgrade. The cushion’s delicate microfibres come infused with red pine to help skin look firmer and plum blossom extracts to blur out ageing. Pick a shade that perfectly matches your complexion – Shades 25 and 33 are super flattering on dark complexions – to look younger while fighting harmful UV rays.  

PROTECT AND PRIME: HERA MAGIC STARTER SPF 25/PA++, S$62

Hera Magic Starter SPF 25/PA++. (Photo: Hera)

This two-in-one potion protects skin from the sun while offering up a brightening beauty filter effect. Use on its own or mix a pea-sized amount to your foundation to create the illusion of second skin and then add a drop of the magic starter to your favourite red lip to create a radiant cream blush.

ON-THE-GO: VICHY INVISIBLE MIST, S$26.90

Vichy Invisible Mist. (Photo: Vichy)

Want sun care coverage but without the mess? Try this handy spritz that protects with a light, bare skin finish. The 15 essential minerals in Vichy’s mineralising water work to strengthen skin barrier and is gentle even on sensitive skin.

READ: Still sunburnt even after applying sunscreen? Here’s what you're doing wrong​​​​​​​

Source: CNA/yy

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