back to top

15 Brown People-Approved Sunscreens That Won't Leave A White Cast

Our readers swear by these sunscreens, claiming that they won't leave a white cast or residue. Say goodbye to ashy, gray skin!

Contrary to popular opinion, melanated folks should absolutely wear sunscreen.

ZDF / Via giphy.com

Although the rates of skin cancer are much higher for people with light skin, people with dark skin are also susceptible to skin damage from excessive sun exposure, including skin cancer (this in-depth explainer breaks it all down.) Plus, wearing sunscreen is the easiest, safest, and cheapest ways to reduce and prevent hyperpigmentation. Can you say win-win?

But finding an effective sunscreen that doesn't leave white cast or residue ain't easy. So we asked the BuzzFeed community to tell us which sunscreens keep their brown skin poppin AND protected. Here are the helpful results:

1. Black Girl Sunscreen

"BLACK👏🏾GIRL👏🏾SUNSCREEN👏🏾! First of all, it doesn’t leave a white cast. It's fragrance-free and lightweight, plus I can wear it daily as a moisturizer. Before I apply my makeup, I prep my skin with BGS and my skin feels amazing! It’s definitely become a staple in my kit of go-to products." —Chazney Thomas, Facebook"I’ve tried many sunscreens and Black Girl Sunscreen is now my go-to. I’m very active (swimming, running, and beach volleyball) and it’s the only sunscreen that doesn’t burn my eyes when I sweat or leave me looking white LOL. I also have super sensitive skin and it’s never broken me out. Plus it rubs on just like lotion and I don’t have to wash my hands after using." —Orla Manning, FacebookGet it from Black Girl Sunscreen for $18.99.
Instagram: @blackgirlsunscreen / Via Instagram: @blackgirlsunscreen

"BLACK👏🏾GIRL👏🏾SUNSCREEN👏🏾! First of all, it doesn’t leave a white cast. It's fragrance-free and lightweight, plus I can wear it daily as a moisturizer. Before I apply my makeup, I prep my skin with BGS and my skin feels amazing! It’s definitely become a staple in my kit of go-to products."

—Chazney Thomas, Facebook

"I’ve tried many sunscreens and Black Girl Sunscreen is now my go-to. I’m very active (swimming, running, and beach volleyball) and it’s the only sunscreen that doesn’t burn my eyes when I sweat or leave me looking white LOL. I also have super sensitive skin and it’s never broken me out. Plus it rubs on just like lotion and I don’t have to wash my hands after using."

—Orla Manning, Facebook

Get it from Black Girl Sunscreen for $18.99.

2. UNSUN SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Sunscreen

"I use Unsun. I took it with me to French Polynesia and had no problems. It didn’t turn my brown face white, and it protected me from the intensity of the sun. I highly recommend it!" —lawgirlGet it from Dermstore for $29.
Instagram: @unsuncosmetics / Via instagram.com

"I use Unsun. I took it with me to French Polynesia and had no problems. It didn’t turn my brown face white, and it protected me from the intensity of the sun. I highly recommend it!" —lawgirl

Get it from Dermstore for $29.

3. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion Sunscreen

"I’m brown-skinned and my new favorite is the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel! It absorbs and layers easily, isn't remotely greasy — which is great because I have oily skin — and most importantly, NO GRAY CAST!" —lauratalksGet it from Target for $10.99.
Instagram: @neutrogena / Via instagram.com

"I’m brown-skinned and my new favorite is the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel! It absorbs and layers easily, isn't remotely greasy — which is great because I have oily skin — and most importantly, NO GRAY CAST!" —lauratalks


Get it from Target for $10.99.

4. Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen

"I use Supergoop! It’s completely clear, and I use it as a base for my makeup since it leaves a silky smooth finish and no white cast or oiliness. A lot of face sunscreens break me out, but I’ve been using this for two to three months now with no issues. I love it." —singhkathleenk"I’m Indian and have super sensitive skin so that eliminates most sunscreens for me. But Supergoop is the best! It has no parabens, sulfates, or toxins, is cruelty-free, and has a great sheen. There's also no tint so it’s perfect for darker skin like mine! I swear by it." —varshar2Get it from Amazon for $14.
Instagram: @supergoop / Via instagram.com

"I use Supergoop! It’s completely clear, and I use it as a base for my makeup since it leaves a silky smooth finish and no white cast or oiliness. A lot of face sunscreens break me out, but I’ve been using this for two to three months now with no issues. I love it." —singhkathleenk

"I’m Indian and have super sensitive skin so that eliminates most sunscreens for me. But Supergoop is the best! It has no parabens, sulfates, or toxins, is cruelty-free, and has a great sheen. There's also no tint so it’s perfect for darker skin like mine! I swear by it." —varshar2

Get it from Amazon for $14.

5. Alba Botanica Facial Sunscreen

"I'm a honey brown color and this sunscreen works perfectly and is super inexpensive on Amazon." —bh1hdkaGet it from Amazon for $10.90.
Alba Botanica / Via albabotanica.com

"I'm a honey brown color and this sunscreen works perfectly and is super inexpensive on Amazon." —bh1hdka

Get it from Amazon for $10.90.

6. Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Daily Shade Facial Lotion SPF 18

"I have highly sensitive skin with the occasional eczema flare up, but I’ve been using this sunscreen for about two years now and have never had a reaction from it. They have ones that are like BB/CC creams, but the one I use does not have any color in it. It’s lightweight and also smells so good!" —gigimomsterGet it from Amazon for $11.51.
Andalou Naturals / Via andalou.com

"I have highly sensitive skin with the occasional eczema flare up, but I’ve been using this sunscreen for about two years now and have never had a reaction from it. They have ones that are like BB/CC creams, but the one I use does not have any color in it. It’s lightweight and also smells so good!" —gigimomster

Get it from Amazon for $11.51.

7. Cetaphil PRO Oil Absorbing Moisturizer SPF 30

"This is the best moisturizer sunscreen I've ever used! It's non-greasy, absorbs well, and maintains a natural semi-matte appearance throughout the day. One pump is enough to cover the whole face without leaving white film or buildup, so I don't have to use too much. It's also great for hot and humid weather as well as the cold and dry months." —janine71493Get it from Amazon for $14.36.
Cetaphil / Via cetaphil.com

"This is the best moisturizer sunscreen I've ever used! It's non-greasy, absorbs well, and maintains a natural semi-matte appearance throughout the day. One pump is enough to cover the whole face without leaving white film or buildup, so I don't have to use too much. It's also great for hot and humid weather as well as the cold and dry months." —janine71493

Get it from Amazon for $14.36.

8. Missha Essence Sun Milk SPF 50

"Missha Essence Sun Milk SPF 50 is amazing! It’s a lightweight K-beauty sunblock that leaves no white cast or oily residue. It has a light citrusy scent and leaves a dewy finish without having you look like a grease bucket. I have oily/acne prone skin and this sunblock is a HOLY GRAIL as it protects my skin without the risk of a breakout. Also, a little goes a long way :)" —lissasunnymGet it from Soko Glam for $18.
Soko Glam / Via sokoglam.com

"Missha Essence Sun Milk SPF 50 is amazing! It’s a lightweight K-beauty sunblock that leaves no white cast or oily residue. It has a light citrusy scent and leaves a dewy finish without having you look like a grease bucket. I have oily/acne prone skin and this sunblock is a HOLY GRAIL as it protects my skin without the risk of a breakout. Also, a little goes a long way :)" —lissasunnym

Get it from Soko Glam for $18.

9. Dr. G Brightening Up Sun

"It’s the only thing that doesn’t break me out or make me look ashy. 🙌🏽 A little pricey but it’s lasted me awhile." —Karen V Flores, FacebookGet it from Amazon for $22.90.
http://@myskinmentor.drg / Via instagram.com

"It’s the only thing that doesn’t break me out or make me look ashy. 🙌🏽 A little pricey but it’s lasted me awhile." —Karen V Flores, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $22.90.

10. EltaMD UV Clear

instagram.com

"EltaMD UV Clear is fabulous and moisturizing! And there's no white cast!"

—Anissa Felix, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $33.

11. Benefit Dream Screen

"I use Benefit's Dream Screen SPF 45. It's an oil-free chemical sunscreen [as opposed to a physical sunscreen] and definitely doesn't leave a white cast. It seems a bit oily side at first, but after a few minutes it dries down and you forget you're wearing it." —Tas Jordan, FacebookGet it from Benefit for $32.
Benefit Cosmetics / Via benefitcosmetics.com

"I use Benefit's Dream Screen SPF 45. It's an oil-free chemical sunscreen [as opposed to a physical sunscreen] and definitely doesn't leave a white cast. It seems a bit oily side at first, but after a few minutes it dries down and you forget you're wearing it." —Tas Jordan, Facebook

Get it from Benefit for $32.

12. CVS Health Clear Zinc Broad Spectrum Sun Lotion

"CVS Clear Zinc Sunscreen is the BEST. It DOES give you a whitish cast, but only for a minute or two before melting into your skin. It doesn't run, doesn't have a scent, and doesn't sting your eyes. And I swear I look younger with it on." —lalaorangeGet it from CVS for $4.19.
CVS / Via cvs.com

"CVS Clear Zinc Sunscreen is the BEST. It DOES give you a whitish cast, but only for a minute or two before melting into your skin. It doesn't run, doesn't have a scent, and doesn't sting your eyes. And I swear I look younger with it on."

lalaorange

Get it from CVS for $4.19.

13. Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense SPF 30

"The non-tinted option will leave some ash but the tinted one doesn't. Also, it's a physical (rather than chemical) sunscreen." —zboy549Get it from Sephora for $36.
Instagram: @drunkelephant / Via instagram.com

"The non-tinted option will leave some ash but the tinted one doesn't. Also, it's a physical (rather than chemical) sunscreen." —zboy549

Get it from Sephora for $36.

14. Eau Thermale Avène Mineral Light SPF 50+ Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion

"I use the Avène non-whitening sunscreen! It’s super lightweight and good for sensitive skin as well." —ndeeramGet it from Amazon for $36.
Instagram: @Aveneusa / Via instagram.com

"I use the Avène non-whitening sunscreen! It’s super lightweight and good for sensitive skin as well." —ndeeram

Get it from Amazon for $36.

15. Lancôme Bienfait UV SPF 50+ Super Fluid Facial Sunscreen

"It works great without casting a hue and goes great under makeup!" —grattonericaGet it from Sephora for $40.
Sephora / Via sephora.com

"It works great without casting a hue and goes great under makeup!"

grattonerica

Get it from Sephora for $40.

Want to be featured on BuzzFeed? Follow the BuzzFeed Community on Facebook and Twitter!

Connect with As/Is