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Another Reason to Just About Live In Sephora

Another Reason to Just About Live In Sephora

Skincare for women of color can be a tricky subject. There are a million and one skincare “hacks” and “DIYs” that will have you rubbing lemon and salt on your face and wondering why you look like Candyman. As much as we all love to keep it natural and simple, sometimes our best bet is to find products formulated for our skin. And one of the best, but easily overwhelming places to find these products is Sephora. Below is a list of Women of Color friendly skincare items that can be found at Sephora.

Everyone’s first step: Fresh Soy face Cleanser

So often we’ve come to think that in order to really get rid of dirt, bacteria, and makeup on our face we need to use harsh cleansers that strip the skin. But that has been found to be more harmful than helpful. Stripping the skin makes us more prone to acne, wrinkles, and excessive dryness. The Fresh Soy Face Cleanser gently rids your skin of dirt and makeup, while leaving your skin soft and supple. Remember, cleaning your face is not like trying to degrease and oven. Being gentle pays off.

Let’s get this Ph back together: CLINIQUE Clarifying Lotion 2

I know you were probably worried about how you will combat oiliness since you babied your way through the cleansing process. This is where a good toner comes in. Toners help balance the Ph of the skin, gently remove dead skin cells, and also work to reduce oil production. The Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2 is a gentle toner formulated for both dry and combination skin. Clinique has been a holy grail cosmetic line for many women of color and you really can’t go wrong with them.

But it says it’s Korean, it can’t be for us: May Coop Raw Sauce

The newest installment of beauty fads is Korean skincare regimens. However, unlike many other fads, it’s living up to the hype. One of the key components is the use of what is called an “essence.” The purpose of essences are to prep the skin to better absorb skincare treatments like serums, creams, and moisturizers. A fan favorite is May Coop Raw Sauce. While the price tag may seem daunting, a little goes a long way and one of the smaller bottles can last you around 3 months. Use this for one night and you will be sold.

My daughter called me a dalmatian: Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum

True story. My friend’s 5-year-old daughter said she looked like a dalmatian, because of a mix of acne spots and freckles. Now freckles are just the universe sprinkling a little extra awesome on your face, but acne spots are the universe saying “don’t think you can’t be humbled.” This is where the Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum comes in. Don’t be off put by the name. This is not a skin bleaching type of product. You will not end up looking like Vybz Kartel or Sammie Sosa. This serum helps even out your skin tone while keeping you looking kissed by the sun.

Bye Ashy: Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 42 For Face

Now onto the key element to seal an amazing skincare regimen. A bomb moisturizer. And what’s a key component that we need to have in a moisturizer? That’s right folks, SPF! Just because sunshine ups our “glow factor” doesn’t mean it still isn’t damaging. Here we have Shiseido swooping in to save the day. It’s got an SPF of 42 and is great for oily skin, which is a rarity among sunscreens, which often feel heavy and look greasy.

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