5 Skincare Brands by Women of Color
We all have skin, and skin needs skincare! These 5 brands are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to BIPOC skincare brands. These are great to support if you're looking for something to specifically target issues for those with more melanin, or if you want to see yourself represented more. Regardless, anyone can use these products so have a look for yourself!
I've been seeing this brand all over Instagram recently, for good reason! The products are just as cute as they are effective. Topicals is a black owned brand whose products target dry skin conditions, acne, and hyperpigmentation.
Topicals only has 2 products so far, but they've gotten rave reviews from customers and have been featured in Refinery29, Allure, Glamour, and more. The Duo includes Faded, a brightening and clearing gel, and Like Butter, a hydrating mask.
Faded is a treatment that claims to fade the look of dark spots, balance and brightens skin tone, and smooth out textured skin.
Like Butter is a moisturizing mask for dry and sensitive skin. You can use the product in 2 ways, as a quick rinse-off mask, or as an overnight mask. Like Butter, "restores dry, flaky skin while strengthening your skin's natural barrier".
All of Topical's products are free from animal testing, dye, and fragrance, making them perfect for all skin types including sensitive.
From the aesthetics of the website, social, and packaging, to the diversity and inclusion of models on their platforms, it's clear that Topicals is changing the skincare game!
Another black owned brand that I've personally been using is Nolaskinsentials. They are a small Atlanta based business who focus on natural ingredients and make their products in small batches. Nolaskinsentials has lots of products for every skin concern from acne prone to dry and sensitive, and they even have a men's line (though skincare has no gender!).
My favorite product is their Mint to Love Body Toner. As someone who struggles with body acne, this product helps control my breakouts. That in addition to their Passion Fruit Hyperpigmentation Soap, which fades dark marks and acne scars, is my favorite duo for treating body acne.
If you want to try any of their products, they offer generous sample sizes that last long enough for you to use them in your routine and let your skin adjust. Overall, this brand is in touch with their customers and the skin issues that we face.
If you want a brand that stays on top of trends in skincare, look no further than Glow Recipe. This Asian women owned business is known for their pink products, unique packaging, and emphasis on Korean beauty aspects. Some of their best sellers include products from their watermelon line such as the Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer, infused with watermelon, hyaluronic acid and a bunch of other goodies.
Their ingredient of the moment is Avocado, which is full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents, a high fat content which helps moisturize and strengthen skin, and a plethora of vitamins and minerals that help cell turnover.
I've got my eye on the Avocado Ceramide Recovery Serum that targets irritation, redness, and dehydration.
Glow Recipe has recently introduced a recycling program with Teracycle, which gives customers resources on how to recycle at home, or they can request an envelope to send certain items directly to Teracycle.
They have recently donated $20,000 to organizations fighting the battle against Asian Hate and have made a list of resources available on their website.
URBAN SKIN RX
Urban Skin's tagline is "clinical skincare for diverse skin tones ". Their team of Melanin Experts works to provide quality skincare for those with darker skin tones, and highlights the need for people of color to have specialized care when it comes to their skin.
Urban Skin has products for all of your skincare concerns, but their most popular products seem to be those targeting uneven skin tone and dark spots like this Brighter Days Dark Spot Polish with glycolic acid, lactic acid, ascorbic acid, and papaya extract.
After browsing their site, one product that caught my eye is their Lactic Glow Micropolish Gentle Cleansing Gel. It contains a blend of AHAs and moisturizers like hyaluronic acid and jojoba. It "polishes skin without irritation". Sign me up!
This Latina owned skincare brand focuses on clean beauty that fights the environment's affect on our skin.
Their Everyday Skin Trio includes a cleanser, an oil serum, and a free radical face mist. Their Enzyme Cleansing Gel is designed to loosen dead skin cells while hydrating irritated skin. The Manketti Oil Serum includes Beta Carotene and other natural ingredients that fight free radicals and reduce inflammation. Lastly, their Urbana Elixir is great to prep skin before makeup or serums, or use as a refresher throughout the day. It fights against pollution, is hydrating, and antiaging.
As you can see, there are lots of great skincare brands that focus on people of color. As a Black woman owned business ourselves, it's important to us that we uplift other business by women of color.
What skincare brand have you been loving? Leave a comment and let us know!
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