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Which Sunscreens Won't Leave a Whitecast?

Say goodbye to ashy white cast and hello to glowing, protected skin.

July 7, 2023

If there’s one thing you’ll hear us say over and over again at Upkeep Beauty, it’s “wear your SPF” (followed closely by “life is short, get the Botox!”) Why do we say this again and again? Because we’re passionate about beauty and self care. SPF is  the easiest and most effective way to protect yourself from sun damage, skin cancer, and premature aging. But if you have a darker skin tone, it can be really challenging to find an SPF that doesn’t give you the dreaded ashy white cast. It might put you off wearing SPF altogether, because after all, you don’t get sunburned! 

But not so fast, friends. No matter your skin tone, everyone is at risk of skin cancer and of accelerated aging from sun exposure. Fortunately, the beauty industry is creating formulas that look good on everyone. Here are our recommendations for SPF that look good on all skin tones. We’ve got something for every skin type, from oily to dry. 

Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen

This sunscreen is completely transparent, hence its name. Plus, it creates a perfect base for makeup because it is silicone-based. Think of it like an SPF and a primer in one. It’s formulated without phthalates and is perfect for you if you want a clean/green SPF. It’s the best choice for you if you have oily or acne prone skin because it has a matte finish.

Black Girl Sunscreen SPF 30

This product was designed with melanated skin in mind. It’s earned a cult following on TikTok because it won’t leave a white cast. It’s vegan and fragrance free, and at $15.99 for 3 ounces, you can’t beat the price. 

Coola Classic Sunscreen Spray SPF 50

Spray sunscreens make reapplying on the go super convenient. The downside is that most spray sunscreens can feel greasy or oily. But this one is formulated to absorb quickly–no more greasy shine! And it’s clear and transparent, good for any skin tone. You can get it fragrance-free, or with a guava mango scent (which is kind of addictive tbh).  

Elta MD UV Clear Facial Sunscreen SPF 46

This SPF is lightweight and oil free, designed for sensitive skin. It is a physical sunscreen, meaning it has titanium dioxide in it, but it does not leave a white cast, according to the glowing reviews on sites like Dermstore. It also has niacinamide in it, which is great for those with acne.

Laneige Hydro UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 50

If your skin is dry, this is the SPF for you. With glycerin and lavender flower water, it’s a moisturizing sunscreen lotion that won’t leave a whitecast. If your skin is oily, you might want to skip this one, but if you’re dry, you’ll love the radiant finish!

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow

An SPF that smells like watermelon? Count us in. It also has niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, and aloe for a hydrating, quenching feel. Which is so nice in the summer when your skin can easily get dehydrated. It combines mineral and chemical SPF for a formula that goes on sheer. 

Fenty Skin Hydra Vizor SPF 30

This product from Rihanna’s beauty brand combines the benefits of a moisturizer and SPF in one. Fenty Beauty has always prioritized catering to all skin tones, and this product is no exception. It is also vegan, FYI. 

Make this the summer of #nomorewhitecast with these sheer SPF products. 

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