As the temperature warms up, so does our need for sun protection. Being of a darker complexion, I have never felt the need to protect my skin from the sun. I figure my skin was designed to withstand the intense heat of the sun. In my 28 years of living, I’ve only known to burn once or twice from over exposure to the sun. I recently discovered Unsun Tinted Mineral Sunscreen in Ebony magazine and I knew I wanted to try it out. I reached out to Katonya Breaux, the founder of the cosmetics line and scored a sample to try out. Here’s what I thought…


afirican american lady sunbathing


My interest in sun protection is very recent. I’m undergoing laser hair removal (I’ll be sharing more about my experience in a later blog post) and to prevent the risk of hyper-pigmentation, the estheticians recommend using a zinc based SPF 30 sunscreen daily. Even if you have a darker complexion, you can still get skin cancer.

Read more about skin cancer risks here.

The Unsun sunscreen stood out to me because it’s tinted. If you hadn’t already noticed, (spoiler alert!) I’m black . So white sunscreen usually looks very chalky on my skin, not to mention I hate the way the majority of them smell. Even if they are tropically scented, they remind me of hairy backed men at water parks (sorry for that visual, I was traumatized as a kid). So does the Unsun sunscreen really go on streak free?


After doing a skin test with the Unsun sunscreen, I’m pleasantly surprised to see that the lotion does blend better with my skin than traditional sunscreen. There is still a slight film of whitish color which can be minimized by decreasing the amount of sunscreen you use on each area. And make sure you rub it in well. The sunscreen itself is more of a dark olive tone which is several shades lighter than my own skin. You can expect the product to be just as thick as a normal sunscreen, with a slight (not over powering) scent. I think this sunscreen would be great for faking a tan.

Benefits of Sun Protection

Prolonged sun exposure can lead to wrinkles, dark spots, and even cancer. If you are of a darker complexion and plan to be exposed to the sun for more than 30 minutes, it’s highly recommended to use an SPF 30 or higher sunscreen like Unsun. Ways to protect yourself from the sun include, wearing wide brimmed hats, wearing shades with UVA/UVB protection, and of course wearing a SPF 30 + sunscreen.

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