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No Sheen Sunscreen

Jun/07/2024 / by Team Seema

It can be extra challenging to find sun protection that doesn’t look chalky or greasy on South Asian skin—but the industry has come a long way

While we may know all the skin-saving benefits of sunscreen by now, the chalky white cast some products leave behind can tempt us to skip this part of our skincare routine. But SPF is important, not just for skin protection from cancer, but also from hyperpigmentation, signs of aging, and inflammation. 

Thankfully today, more options exist on the market that were formulated to be more brown-skin friendly. We sought out reader recommendations for some of the best, non-greasy formulations, with no white cast in sight. 

Live Tinted Hueguard 3-in-1 Mineral Sunscreen, SPF 30. Leave it to South Asian founder Deepica Mutyala to ensure this best-selling sunscreen leaves no white cast while also hydrating dry skin. Wear it alone or under makeup — and try the other variations of the product like the invisible sunscreen stick or the tinted version for a makeup-free day. $34,


Sonrei Sea Clearly Gel Sunscreen SPF 50. Specifically formulated for Indian skin, this unique gel formula is brand new to the market and glides on clear. Boosted with antioxidants like Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and ferulic acid, this formula also hydrates and strengthens the skin barrier.  $35,

Black Girl Sunscreen SPF 30. Made specifically to combat the white-sheen problem on melanated skin, this unique formula dries clear and has rave reviews from readers for its ability to leave a totally natural glow. Enhanced with avocado and jojoba oils, the sunscreen also hydrates skin without leaving it looking greasy. $19,


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