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8 Black-Owned Skincare Products I’ve Added to My Routine

I’ve been on a clear skin journey for YEARS and I can’t believe that people now ask me what I use on my skin! Step 1 was to clear and prevent my cystic acne, and since then, I’ve have been working on fading my dark spots. Pregnancy treated my skin well and seemed to have balanced out my hormones (best believe if the acne comes back I’m getting pregnant again ?), but I wasn’t able to use strong actives like I would have liked for a while since I made adjustments to my skincare routine while pregnant and exclusively breastfeeding. I’m now comfortable using acids and actives since I’m not breastfeeding all the time, and I decided to add more Black-owned products to my skincare routine. After all, who best knows how to deal with our hyperpigmentation than other Black women?! I’m now excited to say that both my day and night skincare routines primarily feature Black-owned businesses, with the occasional mask or product from another brand. Here are 8 Black-owned skincare products that I’ve added to my stash and routine.

Bolden Skin Clarifying Cleanser

This is a really great deep cleanser for oily and combination skin that is prone to frequent breakouts. I use this at night and use this cleanser in the morning.

Shani Darden Sake Toning Essence

I’ve heard about Shani Darden for a while but honestly didn’t realize that she was Black! This toner contains sake water which has been known in Japanese culture to help soften and brighten the skin’s appearance (shout out to back when I was a Japanese skincare buff). It also contains niacinamide which is great for evening skin tone. I use this in the morning to tone my skin and it doesn’t sting or tingle.

Hyper Skin Vitamin C Serum

I’ve been using vitamin C consistently since 2018, and I think it’s played a major role in treating my dark spots. The Hyper Clear serum is packed with 15 percent Vitamin C which attacks hyperpigmentation. It works together with Vitamin E, Kojic Acid and Turmeric to reduce future breakouts.

Emmaus Beauty Alpha Arbutin Brightening Serum

You can never use too much to target and reduce dark spots! I apply Emmaus Beauty’s Alpha Arbutin in my morning skin care routine over the Vitamin C Serum. This ingredient is said to be mild but very effective form of hydroquinone, which is used in many fading products.

Klur Immersion Serum

I use this moisturizing serum regularly as part of my evening routine for a boost of hydration. With all the products I use on my skin, a good moisture balance is necessary to keep my skin healthy and in a hydrated state. And the packaging is so luxe!

Shani Darden Retinol Reform

While in New York, my esthetician Tanya Thomas recommended Retin A, which helped clear up my cystic acne. Retinol is a gentler derivative of Retin-A, so I use the Shani Darden Retinol Reform Serum every other evening without any dryness.

Shani Darden Weightless Moisturizer

This moisturizer, which I use at night, is actually very weightless and melts into the skin. If you have super oily skin and would like something that doesn’t leave you feeling shiny, then Shani Darden’s moisturizer should be on your wish list. I got all my Shani Darden products in Kenya from Adara Cosmedics.

Bolden SPF 30 Brightening Moisturizer

This daytime brightening moisturizer is a nice all in one product that contains Vitamin C and SPF. If you’re on a tight budget but want a product that will have a lot of impact on your skincare routine, then this is for you!

Curious how I use these in a routine? Check out the video above! Are there any other Black-Owned skincare I should know about?

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