16 Sheer Sunscreens For The Face And Body That Are Invisible
Summer’s biggest skincare trend is revolutionizing the way we think about SPF. Beauty brands have started dropping SPF in lightweight, sheer formulas that don’t leave your skin with the white cast that people of color can get from zinc-based mineral sunscreen formulas. Clear sunscreen is more inclusive of all skin tones, which is the kind of diversity that the beauty industry needs and that I personally wanted.
This change in sunscreen formulation comes after years of pressure from the folks at BIPOC on beauty brands to release sunscreen that wouldn’t leave darker skin tones with a cakey, white finish. As someone who grew up in California, where the sun shines year-round, the cakey sunscreen dilemma was a problem I faced all the time. Every time I looked for a bottle of sunscreen at the store, I knew I would have to spend more time scrubbing it down so it didn’t feel like I had covered myself in white paint. It was a problem that my lighter-skinned friends had never encountered. There was already a sunscreen on the market that catered to their lighter skin tones.
Now, in 2022, progress is definitely underway. While brands like Black Girl Sunscreen and Glossier have been offering no-flow white sunscreens since 2016 and 2017, respectively, this summer is the first time I’ve seen dozens of clear sunscreens available. The 12 sunscreens below are a game-changer and provide more options for people looking to both eliminate white cast iron and prevent sun damage to their skin.
Since this issue is close to my heart, trust me when I say I’ve been digging to find you the latest and greatest clear sunscreen gels, sprays and sticks to try this summer.
Don’t let your sunscreen overshadow you and try an SPF that lets your natural skin tone show through.