Over the last years, I have been compiling a list of sunscreens that are suitable for dark skin. I am trying to encourage more black people to wear sunscreen and the #1 excuse I always get is the white cast most sunscreens leave on our skin. So, with my reviews, I test lots of sunscreens to help you decide which ones to get and ones to avoid.
Today’s post is a full review and demo of the Altruist Dermatologist Sunscreen SPF 50. I heard about this sunscreen from a fellow skincare Instagrammer I follow and it’s super affordable too.
What the brand says
Broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection, Exceeds EU recommendations for UVA protection, Clinically tested, Easily absorbed, non-sticky and no residue, Daily use on face and body, Excellent tolerability, Fragrance and paraben free, Water resistant
I got this sunscreen from Amazon where its 2x100ml tubes for £8! I’m now on my 2nd tube of the SPF.
This is a combination type sunscreen with physical (nano) and chemical filters
What I liked: the Altruist Dermatologist Sunscreen SPF 50’s formula has a good mixture of excellent & efficient sunscreen filters, including new generation Tinosorb sunscreen family. It is broad spectrum with both UVA and UVB filters.
It is a cream texture and doesn’t leave the skin looking too oily. It doesn’t clog pores and has the typical sunscreen scent. Suitable for both face and body.
Very affordable, 2x100ml tube for less than £10
What I didn’t like: I found the sunscreen inconsistent. Sometimes it piled and sometimes it didn’t. Most days it leaves a tell-tale white cast and on other days the cast wasn’t so obvious. It doesn’t layer too well on top of itself due to piling.
I have also used it on my body but it performs the same way as on the face, sometimes there is a cast sometimes there isn’t an obvious one.
In my pic below the cast isn’t that obvious but there is a slight silvery cast on my skin.
A few of my fellow insta skincare lovers love this sunscreen but it was a miss for me. I struggled to get through the first tube, and I’m struggling with this second tube. I like the formula, in terms of the filters used but the performance of the product is what I don’t like it. It leaves a slight cast and piles a lot which makes it difficult to layer on.
It’s very affordable so if it works for you then you’re in luck. I may end up chucking my 2nd tube away.
Altruist Dermatologist Sunscreen SPF50 is £8 or 2x100ml on Amazon