During this new exploration of skincare, I made an effort to support Black-owned skincare brands, especially after reading this article that I mentioned in an earlier post. It’s a lot harder to find Black-owned skincare brands than the mainstream brands. On Instagram, I’m constantly shown ads from major brands, but I didn’t start to see ads from Black-owned skincare brands until I followed several. I thought it might be helpful if I shared some of the skincare I’ve purchased in these past few months, so you don’t have to look as hard.
Hyper Skin creates a vitamin C serum that reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation with ingredients like bearberry and kojic acid. My skin did seem to catch the light better after using this serum for two months. It’s a bit out of range for my budget, but appears to be effective and receives high marks from Essence, Vogue, and Allure.
Base Butter creates a moisturizer called Radiate Face Jelly that is lightweight and makes your skin glow. The texture of this moisturizer was unlike any I’ve ever experienced. I’m used to thicker creams, but after wearing this gel, I’ve been looking for moisturizers with this same texture. It’s such a popular moisturizer that it’s difficult to get a jar. I signed up for text alerts so I wouldn’t miss out when they restocked.
Unsun is a sunscreen brand created with people with deeper skin tones in mind. I tried their Everyday Mineral Tinted Face Sunscreen and was happy to find a physical sunscreen that didn’t leave a white cast. The finish is mix of matte and satin, so I made sure to add extra moisturizer when using it because I prefer a dewy glow. The tint in the sunscreen gave a light foundation type of coverage and my skin appeared more even while I was wearing it.
Naked Flamingo makes a refreshing Green Tea Toner that’s packed with antioxidants and will balance your skin after you’ve cleansed. Unlike the other brands I’ve mentioned above, this brand doesn’t just focus on one step in a skincare routine, it has a lot of different products to choose from including body scrubs and mood mists.
As gifts, I’ve purchased the Fenty Skin trio and KNC’s eye patches, so I don’t know how they would work on my own skin, but the reviews seem positive. And once I run out of my current facial mist, I would like to buy the Super Fruit Mist by Nolaskinsentials because it has niacinimide, aloe leaf juice, and butterfly pea flower in the ingredients.
Hopefully that’s enough Black-owned brands to get you started on diversifying your skincare routine, but here’s one more resource just in case you need more. 🤓
P.S. Do you know of any Black-owned skincare brands that create pimple patches?