I Tried a Black Girl Friendly Sunscreen?

It’s Memorial Day  which means summer activities have officially begun, which also means it’s time to talk about sunscreen. I know as black girls most of us went through a phase where we thought our melanin was the only protection we needed, and while melanin can protect against sun damage we still should all be wearing sunscreen regularly.

Once I started looking for a chemical exfoliant I learned through research that I would be more susceptible to sun damage so I started looking for facial sunscreens. There are a lot of options on the internet for sunscreens, but even though I’m not the darkest girl in the black community by far, I know that the wrong product could have me out here looking like Casper the Friendly Ghost. That’s when I came across SUPERGOOP! Everyday Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 online. It’s sold at Sephora in a travel size for $19 so I went into the store to see what it was all about and decided to purchase.

Now lets get into the review of the product. I will say it smells like sunscreen, like Banana Boat, Neutrogena, Coppertone type sunscreen, but it isn’t unbearable and after application the smell went away for me. The texture can seem intimidating at first but its not too thick at all, and it can be used on both face and body (I prefer a spray sunscreen on my body so I only use this product on face) A major thing for me was flashback because during the summer my makeup is usually either non-existent or super minimal, so I did not want any ash on my face. With flash, there is a slight hint of ash if you squint and search for it and with no flash there is nothing (excuse my bonnet I did this while getting ready to go out).

All in all I like this product a lot. I’m glad I found a sunscreen that doesn’t make me look ashy for an affordable price. If you’re a deeper skin tone than me know there are clear gel sunscreens as well, like Glossier’s, that you might like but if you want to test this product out you could hit up your local Sephora. I will say Supergoop! sells other sun products so even if you’re not in love with this one they have an almost overwhelming amount of options from foams to sprays and creams.

Do you wear facial sunscreen? Why or why not? If you do what’s your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

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