Last Updated on November 12, 2022
NO SHADE leaves your skin feeling hydrated while brightening you up and offering broad-spectrum UV protection. It’s a great choice if you’re looking for SPF for dry skin.
For many people with melanin-rich skin, sunscreen has just never cut it. It always leaves a white cast. Or, it’s too heavy to moisturize the skin without irritating it. Or, it’s not moisturizing enough, making it seem like such a waste of a skincare step. We can go on and on about how sunscreens and SPF lotions have been so shady to women with darker skin and dry skin over the years.
Luckily, MELĒ skincare believes that there should be no more shade against our sisters when it comes to sun protection. After all, sun protection is arguably the most important part of your skincare routine. So, MELĒ joined forces with dermatologists of color to create NO SHADE Sunscreen Oil. The SPF oil offers invisible UV protection catering specifically to dry, melanin-rich skin.
According to MELĒ, NO SHADE contains nourishing ingredients that are backed by science.
NO SHADE Sunscreen Oil 1 fl.oz (29.6ml) hydrates the skin extensively, combating dryness while offering soothing UV protection. Among its emollients is Capric Triglyceride, a naturally-occurring ingredient that combines coconut oil with glycerin. Not only does it moisturize dry skin, but it also has antioxidant properties which helps to prevent UV damage. [Read more: Sunburn on Black Skin: How To Know It, Treat It, and Prevent It.] P.S: despite the bad rep against coconut oil, capric triglyceride is non-comedogenic so it won’t break you out.
The lightweight NO SHADE oil has a generally-recommended broad spectrum of SPF 30. It contains active ingredients, namely, avobenzone and octinoxate. These supercharged ingredients typically found in chemical sunscreens work remarkably to absorb UV radiation like a sponge before it can get it your skin. Once you apply the oil, it’ll disappear into your skin without leaving a greasy feeling.
Finally, the sunscreen oil has a non-comedogenic formula that doesn’t contain any parabens, phthalates, alcohol or mineral oils. However, note that it’s not fragrance-free and it contains linalool, so it might not suit sensitive skin.
TYPE OF SUNSCREEN: Chemical
ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: 7.49% Octinoxate, 3% Avobenzone
GOOD TO KNOW: Not suitable for sensitive skin
One customer review called the NO SHADE sunscreen oil “a lifesaver,” affirming that it leaves her dry skin “feeling hydrated” and helps to “brighten up” her face.
It’s no surprise that many people with dry skin love NO SHADE. Users repeatedly applaud it for being one of the few broad-spectrum SPFs that is also lightweight, non-greasy, and fast-absorbing into the skin.
In addition, NO SHADE gives you a glow that stays “fresh and strong” and doesn’t leave behind a noticeable residue. Many of the product’s users are now super confident in their skin, showing off lovely pictures of the radiant glow it gives them on the brand’s website.
One customer review called the sunscreen oil “a lifesaver,” affirming that it leaves her dry skin “feeling hydrated” and helps to “brighten up” her face. Another person commented that even though you do have to reapply this product every 2 hours, it’s great for her skin because “it keeps it moist.” A third reviewer branded it the perfect sunscreen because with a few drops on, she’s able to apply her makeup on top seamlessly (and yes, even though it’s an oil). Scent-wise, “I love the subtle scent unlike other sunscreens,” a user expressed.
Besides being an SPF for dry skin types, many people also love its packaging.
“I absolutely looove the dropper,” one reviewer gushes about the easy-to-use pipette that comes with the product bottle. A little bit of this product goes a really long way. So, the dropper makes it that much easier to gauge perfect amounts.
Quoting one final reviewer to summarize, “A lot of people of color don’t think we need to use sunscreen but that’s far from the truth.” Thankfully, the skincare world has produced numerous amazing developments and a ton of awareness through the years.
Promoting and protecting melanin-rich skin is now a priority too. And the industry now regards dry skin less as a condition in need of treatment and more as a natural state that you can care for effectively. Fortunately, the nourishing MELĒ NO SHADE Sunscreen Oil makes for the perfect SPF for dry skin types. It’s got you fully UV-covered!
If you prefer a tinted sunscreen for dry skin types, check out our article: Kinlo’s Tinted Golden Rays Sunscreen Is Great For Foundation-Free Days.
TL;DR: MELĒ NO SHADE Sunscreen Oil SPF 30 Broad Spectrum
- No white cast
- Best for dry skin types
- Non-greasy and lightweight
- Phlatate-free and paraben-free