Beauty gurus are always preaching making sunscreen a skincare staple, but most times they don’t have our melanin girls in mind. Think about it — it’s difficult enough to look for the perfect sunscreen that doesn’t leave a white cast for light-skinned people. Where does that leave darker-skinned girls? It’s virtually impossible to navigate the world of sunscreens which were actually made for lighter skinned people in the first place, because lighter skin tones show sunburns and dark spots easily. Luckily, this is where clear sunscreens come into play. 

Unlike your regular chemical or mineral sunscreens, clear sunscreens don’t play the skin tone card. Clear sunscreens are inclusive because they match any skin colour, and they’ll never trick you by leaving a white cast after application. While they aren’t a new thing – Glossier launched its Invisible Shield clear sunscreen in 2017 – there just hasn’t been enough fanfare to launch clear sunscreens, despite its very clear benefits. 

Nevertheless, there are several decent ones in the market that you should definitely consider adding into your ‘to-try’ skincare list. Here are our picks: 

 

  1. Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40

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Supergoop! is a brand built on sun protection products, so you know that its facial sunscreens will definitely be good. Since its launch in 2018, the Unseen Sunscreen has been a particular favourite amongst many, mostly due to its clear gel consistency that leaves no white cast or residue on the skin while absorbing quickly. 

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  1. Glossier Invisible Shield SPF 35

Image: Glossier Invisible Shield SPF 35

Glossier made waves when it announced that it was releasing a game-changing clear sunscreen. Not only is it clear and leaves no white cast, but it’s also lightweight with a watery consistency that’s great for those who don’t like layering something heavy after all that skincare. 

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  1. Shiseido Clear Sunscreen Stick SPF 50+

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Japanese skincare brand Shiseido has recently released its Clear Sunscreen Stick under its iconic suncare range. Like all its other sunscreens, the Clear Sunscreen Stick is formulated with the brand’s exclusive SynchroShield technology that strengthens the UV protective shield on skin upon reacting to heat, water, and perspiration. We love how it’s mess-free in a clear stick format. 

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  1. Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield SPF 40

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The Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield sunscreen is especially great for mature skin, as it protects and primes skin, reducing the appearance of pores, fine lines, and wrinkles. Its clear texture and formulation makes it good for all skin types. Ingredients like barley, sunflower, and cucumber extracts help skin retain its moisture. 

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  1. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Anti-Shine Sun Protection Face Mist SPF 50+

Image: La Roche-Posay Anthelios Anti-Shine Sun Protection Face Mist SPF 50+

While a sunscreen mist won’t get you the same level of protection that a physical sunscreen does, it’s great to have around for when you need SPF touch ups throughout the day. This sheer sunscreen mist also has an anti-shine finish, so you won’t have that extra layer of shine on top of your sebum. It’s a win in our tropical weather!

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  1. Soleil Toujours Organic Sheer Sunscreen Mist SPF 30

Image: Soleil Toujours Organic Sheer Sunscreen Mist SPF 30

Another sunscreen mist you can consider that won’t leave a white cast on your skin is this one by Soleil Toujours. It has a waterproof formula and made from organic ingredients, perfect to touch up your sunscreen throughout the day without leaving a white cast. 

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