Frequently Asked Questions

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Everyone should wear sunscreen to protect them against UVA & UVB rays. Protection against these rays helps prevent skin cancers, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles and sunburns.

 

Read more about the importance of daily sunscreen use, here.

People of color SPECIFICALLY should wear sunscreen because according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, the 5-year melanoma survival rate for black people in the United States is 71%, compared with 93% for white people. While black people are getting melanoma less, we are dying more frequently than others.

 

Yes, darker skin does protect from some UV rays, but we actually do need to wear sunscreen too. Learn more about why melanin is amazing but still needs sunscreen protection, here.

SPF stands for sun protection factor which measures how long a sunscreen will protect you from ultraviolet (UV) rays. For reference SPF 15 sunscreen blocks 93% of UVB rays, SPF 30 sunscreen protects 97% of UVB rays and SPF 50 blocks 98% of UVB rays. We suggest using an SPF 30 or SPF 50 as this will provide adequate protection and coverage. 

 

Read more about what each SPF Number Rating means and which one to use for your skin, here.

Broad spectrum is protection against both UVA and UVB rays. These are the rays that cause aging and burning.

Black Girl Sunscreen’s Make it Hybrid™ SPF 50 is a lightweight mineral and synthetic formula with zinc-oxide, designed to protect against sun damage leaving no white residue and a dewy finish. You can shop Make it Hybrid™ SPF 50, here.

 

All other Black Girl Sunscreen products are formulated with chemical filters, free of oxybenzone, octinoxate, & parabens. Shop all Black Girl Sunscreen products, here.

UVA rays are the ultraviolet rays that are responsible for aging while UVB rays are the ultraviolet rays that are responsible for burning.

Oxybenzone is a chemical ingredient found in most sunscreens that is absorbed into the body. When used in sunscreen and worn in the ocean it can cause harm to marine life and coral reefs.

 

Read more about safer oxybenzone alternatives, here.

Our products do not contain parabens as we are paraben free.

We suggest applying Black Girl Sunscreen on your face and body as it contains additional moisturizing ingredients to protect and moisturize the skin.

 

For increased effectiveness, we recommend reapplying sunscreen every two hours. Learn how often to reapply your sunscreen, here.

The natural ingredients in Black Girl Sunscreen include avocado, jojoba, cacao, carrot juice, and sunflower oil.

 

Read more about all of the ingredients inside Black Girl Sunscreen products, here.

We are located in select Target stores, salons, spas and esthetician studios. For a full list of retailers check out our retailer page.

Domestic shipping typically takes 2-5 days. International shipping typically takes 7-10, but please keep in mind that there may be shipping delays due to Covid-19.

Yes, we ship internationally!

$5.48 per sunscreen. $6.00 per BGS Box.

For all influencer inquiries please contact marketing@blackgirlsunscreen.com with a media kit including analytics or your proposal for collaborating and we’ll be in touch. You can also submit your information through our online Influencer Partnership Form, here.

For all media inquiries please contact marketing@blackgirlsunscreen.com with your media proposal and we’ll be in touch.

Yes! We offer wholesale opportunities, if interested please send an email to wholesale@blackgirlsunscreen.com.