These Sunscreens Won’t Leave Any White Residue

For all those who have been living in the warmth since the beginning of spring, I envy you. New York is finally experiencing some real warm weather — bringing out the shades, showing leg, no need for sleeves type of weather. And with more sun comes more sunscreen — and don’t think because it’s fall and winter season that you can put the sunscreen to the side because as long as you have sunlight, you will always need it.

Anyways, sunscreen is such a major part in your beauty routine, especially for those who suffer from hyper-pigmentation. All the products you use to lighten those pesky dark marks will go to waste if you don’t wear sunscreen during the day to protect your those problem areas from getting darker due to sun exposure.

You hear everywhere how important sunscreen is, but when you have one that leaves with an unflattering white cast and completely washes you out, you might stray away from it. So, what actually causes the white cast in the first place?

Zinc Oxide and Titanium Oxide!

There are two types of sunscreens — chemical, which absorb into the skin and physical, which sit on top of your skin. Jeannette Graf, M.D. declared in Women’s Health Mag, “the mask effect (white cast) is caused by physical (as opposed to chemical) blocks such as titanium dioxide and, to a lesser extent, zinc oxide—ingredients that reflect light as they sit on the surface of the skin, causing a bluish cast.”

According to an article on Beautiful with Brains, the creation of white residue on the skin is due the fact that zinc oxide being a white mineral. So, if you’re one to pack on a lot of sunscreen, you’ll most definitely will see the color difference on your skin. Now, this can be a big issue for someone who has a darker skin tone because you have increase chances of the residue being very noticeable compared to someone with pale or lighter skin.

But no fear, I’ve gather a few of the best sunscreens on the market that will leave your skin’s natural color in tact. And if really doesn’t matter to you, still check it for some new ones to try!

1. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 30

As a fan of Kiehl’s, I was excited to discover that they offer the SPF version of one their top rated moisturizers. You won’t only get sun protected skin and hydrated skin, but improved skin texture as well, according to Kiehl’s.


2. Neutrogena Clear Face Liquid-Lotion Sunblock SPF 30

A personal favorite of mine since high school. This sunscreen not only helps prevent sunburn, but acne too. I was always wary of what type of products I use because of my acne-prone skin, but not with this one. Unlike most sunscreens, this doesn’t block my pores. On top of that, it’s oil-free and fragrance-free. The lightweight texture of the sunscreen leaves skin breathable.


3. Missha All Around Safe Block Essence Sun SPF45

I’ve been seeing the Missha sunblock around the YouTube world over the the past year. Even though I love my Neutrogena sunscreen, I’ve been looking for a new one to try and this might it for me. One of my favorite YouTubers, Asia Jackson, always stresses that this doesn’t leave a white cast, which intrigued me. Not only that, the multifunctional sun block also moisturizes and is water and sweat resistant, and is great for my peeps with dry skin.


 4. Lancome Bienfait UV SPF 50+ Super Fluid Facial Sunscreen

Feeling like you want to take a walk over to the more boujee side of sun block, then Lancome is for you. It’s also has the highest amount of SPF. And according to Lancome, it was even recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation because of its high performing qualities. This sunscreen is great for all skin types .


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