6 Skin-Care Brands Created With Black Skin in Mind
In addition to your skin type, your skin color can affect the complexion concerns that come your way. If you have black or brown skin, you’re more prone to hyperpigmentation and may experience a white cast after applying sunscreen, for example. Using products formulated with your melanin in mind can be helpful in preventing and treating these concerns. Here, we’re rounding up six of our favorite beauty brands, many of which are Black-owned, that cater to your skin.
Black Girl Sunscreen
If you have yet to find a sunscreen that truly dries clear, you need to check out Black Girl Sunscreen. The formula is created by and for people of color, is ultra-sheer and contains natural, moisturizing ingredients like jojoba, avocado and sunflower oils.
After experiencing acne and dark marks during pregnancy, Desiree Verdejo set out to create her own solution. The result is the brand’s first product, Hyper Clear. It’s a powerful vitamin C serum that contains vitamin E, fruit enzymes, bearberry, turmeric and kojic acid, in addition to 15% vitamin C.
Bolden was created to “help brown girls and women everywhere feel empowered to celebrate the natural beauty of the skin they’re in.” One of our favorite products from the brand is the Brightening Glycolic Acid Toner. It’s formulated to target discoloration from acne, sun damage and aging and to soothe, brighten and smooth.
Buttah Skin founder Dorion Renaud started using raw, organic, natural shea butter to treat his complexion challenges and quickly knew he had to share his discovery with those with melanin-rich skin like his. The brand’s Facial Shea Butter is a smooth textured butter that easily spreads and quickly absorbs into the skin’s surface. It also leaves a noticeable, healthy-looking sheen on skin — making it a must-have for melanated skin, especially during the colder, drier months.
The brand’s multi-purpose products target skin issues specific to melanated skin. The products feature minimal, mostly certified-organic ingredients that get the job done. Try the Melt Oil Cleanser, which removes makeup and impurities, brightens dark spots, moisturizes and balances oily skin.
Founded by medical aesthetician Rachel Roff, UrbanSkin RX was born out of her experience in medical spas as a laser technician, where she realized that there wasn’t much education around the appearance of skin for darker skin. This led her to open her own spa and start her own line. One of the brand’s most popular products is the Even Tone Cleansing Bar, which is formulated to improve the appearance of uneven skin tone and dark marks and to give skin a brighter, glowier look.
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