10 Of The Best Sun Creams For Dark Skin Tones

White residue who?

Sun cream for dark skin tones
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Contrary to what you might have heard, sunscreen isn't just for people with pale skin, in fact, everybody should wear sunscreen. Like, all the time. Yup, even at work.

Because, although people with darker skin may not see the visible signs linked with sunburn, being exposed to UV rays can still be damaging. The fact is, you're still susceptible to skin damage from excessive sun exposure, even if you're a melanin queen.

But, despite sunscreen being just as vital for dark skin, not all sun creams are appropriate. Why? Because most sunscreens are made with a formula that is white in colour, which tends to leave a white, chalky cast on your skin. And looking dusty is never cool.

Which is why we've rounded up the best sun creams and sunscreen lotions, that give protection to darker skin tones, minus the grey tinge.

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Cover FX Clear Cover Sunscreen
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Cover FX Clear Cover Sunscreen - £38

The invisible formula of this sunscreen makes it ideal for darker skin tones. Plus, its silicone-like texture leaves the skin looking matte and feeling really soft, making it a really good primer.

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Ambre Solaire UV Water Clear Sun Cream Spray
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Ambre Solaire UV Water Clear Sun Cream Spray - £8

Enriched with aloe vera water, which is great for soothing and cooling your skin, the formula of this spray is super hydrating and it leaves a nice velvety, invisible finish.

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La Roche Posay Anthelios Protective Oil SPF 50+
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La Roche Posay Anthelios Protective Oil SPF 50+ - £18

The satin finish you get from this oil is so stunning, it leaves your skin with a nice glow, without looking shiny. It’s moisturising and suitable for sensitive skin.

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Clinique Mineral Sunscreen Liquid for Face SPF30
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Clinique Mineral Sunscreen Liquid for Face SPF30 - £22

Apply this sunscreen after moisturising and it absorbs right into your skin. It’s not greasy, and the handy bottle size means you can throw it in your bag for when you need to re-apply.

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Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Ultra-Sheer Daily Defense SPF30
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Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Ultra-Sheer Daily Defense SPF30 - £29

Because this is a chemical sunscreen it has absolutely no white cast, which is always great for darker skin tones. The lightness of the cream means it doesn’t clog up your skin or give you unwanted break outs.

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Shiseido Clear UV Stick Protector WetForce SPF 50+
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Shiseido Clear UV Stick Protector WetForce SPF 50+ - £22.95

This handy stick sun cream is like applying silk onto your skin; the formula is so lightweight and not sticky. You can also use it over your make-up, which is ideal for touch-ups.

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Vichy Idéal Soleil Hydrating SPF30 Protective Solar Water
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Vichy Idéal Soleil Hydrating SPF30 Protective Solar Water - £14.25

This sunscreen includes hyuralonic acid, so not only does it protect your skin, it also plumps it up and corrects fine lines. It’s a water spray so you’re not going to get a grey tinge or residue.

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Glossier Invisible Shield Daily Sunscreen
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Glossier Invisible Shield Daily Sunscreen - £20

A little goes a long way with this sunscreen, you just need one pump for your face and you’re covered. It has a gel-like texture, which means it glides onto the skin and it creates a great base for make-up.

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Benefit Dream Screen SPF 45
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Benefit Dream Screen SPF 45 - £22.95

It’s like you’re applying an invisible layer of protection onto your skin. It’s so lightweight and it absorbs instantly, you literally can't see it or feel it. Plus, its matte finish ensures your make-up stays put for the whole day.

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Palmer's Eventone Suncare Lotion
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Palmer's Eventone Suncare Lotion - £8.45

If you're after a sun cream that also works as a moisturiser, this is it. The formula is quite thick and white, which a little off-putting at first, but it actually absorbs into the skin pretty quickly without leaving white marks. Plus, it smells great.

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