- What It Is: A thick gel sunscreen formulated with antioxidants
- What It Does: Protects from harmful sun rays
- Who It's For: Great for any skin type
When I was younger, I typically wasn't shocked when I resembled Casper the Ghost after putting on sunscreen. After quite a bit of rubbing, I could get away with blending most of the product into my skin, though it was anyone's guess whether it had actually absorbed into my skin or come off on my hands. Back then, it didn't feel like too much of an issue, as it was only something I used on hot summer days when I was at the beach.
But when I discovered that sunscreen was a daily necessity, I needed to find an option that wasn't like the chalky formulas of my youth. Nowadays, more brands claim to have created SPF that people with darker skin can wear without looking ghostly, but after some trial and error, I've found not all of them live up to their promises. So when I heard about the Sonrei Sea Clearly Gel Sunscreen — a clear formula that's supposed to melt into the skin — I was eager to see if it lived up to its claims of working for all skin tones.
Don't get distracted by my beautiful glowing skin — the point of showing a before and after is so that you can see this sunscreen is pretty much undetectable after application. My skin still looks like my skin even after applying it. There's no white cast, and my complexion is not made dull or lifeless by the gel sunscreen. This formula is everything I want and need it to be.
You should know, however, that this sunscreen is "Thicc" with a capital T and two Cs at the end. Instead of the lightweight gel I was expecting, it has a consistency closer to that of Vaseline. But while it's firm, it still spreads on the skin like butter. I like to take an amount roughly between the size of a nickel and a quarter and smooth it onto my face, neck, hands, and arms. Since it dries down matte, I apply it as the last step in my skin-care routine, right after I've used a moisturizer and oil; the combination of the facial oil and sunscreen gives me dewy skin that lasts all day long. It's also full of antioxidants — vitamin C, vitamin E, and ferulic acid — that some dermatologists says can help rejuvenate the skin and mitigate damage from the sun.
While there has been a lack of options for those with darker skin in the past, the market has started to address our needs, and Sonrei's Sea Clearly Gel Sunscreen is a great one. After all, without SPF, skin issues like hyperpigmentation and dark spots — which especially affect those with darker skin — will only worsen over time. Grab your own tube for $25 at toner or sonreiskin.com and have a safe, ghost-free summer in the sun.