9 Beauty Editors of Color Share Their Favorite Sunscreens for Dark Skin Tones

Sunscreen and brown skin: Let's talk about it. One of the biggest misconceptions in beauty is that if you have extra melanin in your skin, you don't need sunscreen. The melanin in our skin can do a lot of magical things, but protecting us from the sun is not one of them. For years and years, sunscreens were terribly formulated and would leave an ashy residue on dark skin tones. The selection of sunscreens in the market that are completely sheer on dark skin tones is extremely limited. To this day, it's still a challenge finding a variety of sunscreens that are brown skin–friendly.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, "People of color have a lower risk than whites of getting skin cancer. But they still have a risk. Monthly skin self-exams can help you find skin cancer early when a cure is likely." To reduce your risk of skin cancer, the organization highly suggests wearing sunscreen that has broad-spectrum protection, is SPF 30 or greater, and is water-resistant.

I reached out to the women in my circle, who happen to be beauty editors of color, to see which sunscreens they depend on for sheer, hydrating, and SPF protection. Ahead, you'll see an array of beautiful, dark skin tones and the sunscreens that were surely made with #BlackGirlMagic in mind.