Black CAN Crack: Sun and Skin Tips for Brown Girls

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Here are some sunscreens worth checking out::

Best for full body:

Beyond Coastal Natural Clear Sunscreen (SPF 30+): No ghosts using this–it’s got the stuff to keep out harmful rays (zinc oxide), along with moisturizing and antioxidant ingredients like aloe, rose hips, grape seed, green tea, and shea butter.

Yes to Carrots Hydrating Body Lotion with SPF 30: Aside from the sun-shielding zinc, the top ingredients are sweet almond oil, Dead Sea minerals, and coconut oil.  Say buh-bye to the ashy.

Exfoliate and Protect:

Vivite Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen (SPF 30):

Manufactured by the pharmaceutical bohemeth, Allergan, Vivite’s sunscreen contains high-quality protective ingredients, and glycolic acid, so it covers and sloughs off dead skin that can make your face look dull and cause uneven skin ton.  It goes on completely clear.


Great for under eyes and lips:

Clinique Sun SPF 45 Sun Protection Stick

The formulation goes on sheer like a stick of  Blistex or Chapstick, and is solid, which makes it great for air travel.  You can get it for $17.50 at

For oily skin:

Chella Day Cream Mattifying Hydrator SPF 25

This stuff is fancy.  At $85 a pop, this SPF has silk protein, antioxidants and vitamins.  But don’t let the “mattifying” throw you off–this formula won’t suck all the moisture out.  But it definitely keeps the shine off, has a yummy citrus smell, and feels good under make-up.

Jan Marini Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant SPF 30

Like the other stellar formulas, it has the requisite protection, plus antioxidants and polymers that work to ‘absorb’ excess oils.  What makes it stand out is the manufacturer’s claim that is compatible with any other topical therapies and moisturizers, so you don’t have to worry too much about nasty chemical reactions.

Best Protection After Break-Outs

Dermagenics Sun Savvy Solar Shield

Did you know sunscreen can float?  This formula does not absorb into the skin; rather, it creates a barrier between your skin and the sun.  But don’t be alarmed if the cream looks like you’re putting cream cheese on your face at first–it’ll fade.  Because it doesn’t absorb and is hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, it’s a nice product to use while healing from an angry breakout, when your skin is most vulnerable to acne scarring and hyper-pigmentation.

Do you have any special tips for protecting your skin from the sun?






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