Bid Adieu To Residue: Frank Ocean’s Flawless Mother Drops Sunscreen For Us Melanated Folks
While Frank Ocean is out here playing with our emotions musically (and we love it), his mother, Katonya Breaux, is making some major waves in her own way, but in the beauty industry. And once you get a glimpse of her skin, it will all make sense.
Breaux has launched a mineral tinted sunscreen for darker skin tones in an effort to help us all forgo that white residue. You know, the chalky film that gets left behind on our skin when we use the ordinary SPF creams on the market. According to the website, the lightweight SPF 30 sunscreen, UNSUN, is tinted just right to blend in with the lightest skin tones all the way to the olive and darkest of chocolates. As Breaux put it, “UNSUN was made specifically for people of color representing the beige to dark chocolate tones of the spectrum. The desire to protect our skin from the sun should not mean having to wear foundation in order to cover the white and gray film that’s present after application.” And the product’s components sound just about perfect for people of color, with natural ingredients including “shea butter, vitamin E, coconut oil and five different fruit extracts.”
Breaux started her own journey of using sunscreens pretty religiously after one mole on her face turned into a few. A dermatologist told her they were spreading partly because of genetics, but also because of sun damage. It was then that she realized all the issues with the sunscreen available.
“This was many years ago and I went on this crazy protective skin-care thing,” Breaux told The Cut. “I began using chemical-based sunscreens because they were the ones that would blend into my skin, but they were really irritating. I would rub my eye and then all of a sudden my eye would burn and water. I went after a more natural product, a mineral product, but they were so white. Personally, I don’t wear makeup every day, only for special occasions, so I guess it might be easier if you’re going to put a foundation over the white film, but for me it was just frustrating. It would get into my eyebrows, my hairline, it was just very frustrating.”
She continued, sharing how UNSUN came to be: “About three years ago I tweeted: ‘Can someone make brown sunscreen? Please! Must I look like a clown to protect my skin? #blackfolkburntoo.’ Shortly after that, I called a friend of mine in the hair-care business and asked if I could meet the folks at their lab. That’s how the whole process started.”
If you apply UNSUN about 15 minutes prior to stepping out in the sun and apply it continuously after swimming and exercising, you too, can have that Breaux glow. Frank uses it too!
UNSUN is available online with a 1.7 fl. oz. bottle going for $29.
Do you have a sunscreen that seems to work for you? UNSUN clearly works for momma Breaux: