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Here's What You Need to Upgrade Your Skincare Regimen!

Here's What You Need to Upgrade Your Skincare Regimen!

While skincare for women of color is so different than for the rest of the population, there are some concerns that we either focus on more or don’t focus on enough. Below I provide a list of skincare products I recommend for an optimal skin care routine if you are a woman of color.

Makeup Remover

There are million different makeup removers on the market now. From low-end to high-end. Because I’m still adamant about washing your face after using a makeup remover it doesn’t matter if it removes 100% of makeup, as long as it gets most off and doesn’t irritate your skin. Here are a few that I really like:

Shea Moisture African Black Soap Clarifying Cleansing Facial Wipes

Neutrogena Makeup Removing Cleansing Towelettes- Night Calming

Bioderma Sebum H2O


Thankfully we have moved past the days of people recommending the most stripping and drying cleansers to us, because they realized they were more harmful than beneficial. Below are a few cleansers that are delicate, but still get the job done.

Nubian Heritage Coconut and Papaya Bar Soap

Clinique Liquid Facial Soap- Mild

Face Mask

Face masks are probably the most relaxing skincare step. They don’t have to be done daily, and you can just put them on and chill out for a spell. They come in a bunch of varieties like peel-off, clays, sheet masks, etc. Below are some fan favorites.

Tony Moly I’m Real Tea Tree Mask

Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask

Feeling Beautiful Avocado and Oatmeal Facial Clay Mask


Toner is an important step in any skincare routine because it returns the skin to its natural Ph balance.

Thayer’s Alcohol Free Witch Hazel Organic Aloe Vera Formula Toner Rose Petal

Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner

Clinique Clarifying Lotion 3- For Combination Oily Skin

BHA Liquid

BHA stands for Beta Hydroxy Acid. BHA liquids in low concentrations for at home use are great for exfoliating, correcting dark spots, improving skin texture, and reducing the appearance of large pores. Two of the most popular BHA liquids out now are:

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid

Serums/ Treatments

Serums/treatments are the step in a skincare routine that is specifically to target skin concerns you may be having. They treatment issues like hyperpigmentation, acne, wrinkles, redness, etc. Some popular serums/treatments are listed below.

Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum

Mandelic Acid Serum

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum

Moisturizer w/ sunscreen (daytime)

Your moisturizers should vary between daytime and nighttime. Your daytime moisturizer should always include SPF, no matter what time of year it is. The only downside about products with SPF is that they can feel heavy and make you oily. Below are some that don’t do that.

Algenist Sublime Defense Anti Aging Blurring Moisturizer SPF 30

Murad Balancing Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF15

Garnier Skin Active Clearly Brighter Brightening & Smoothing Daily Moisturizer SPF 15

Anti-aging moisturizer (night-time)

Last but not least is a good nighttime moisturizer. I specify anti aging because although we hear “Black don’t crack” that doesn’t mean we should take all the help we can at preserving our skin. Night-time moisturizers tend to be heavy and will leave you looking a bit oily, but that’s because they have to offset you rolling around on your pillows at night and some of the product rubbing off.

Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins Mineral Enriched Renewal Cream

IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream Moisturizing Super Cream

ROC Multi Correxion 5-in-1 Restoring Night Cream



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