Best In Black Beauty 2017: The Skincare Saviors We Can't Get Enough Of

From dark spot busters to antiaging miracle workers, these are the fabulous finds you need for a healthier skin care regimen this year! 

ESSENCE Editors Apr, 26, 2017

It’s that time again–the 2017 edition of our annual Best in Black Beauty Awards has officially arrived! We’ve spent weeks swiping, swatching and smelling the newest products so you don’t have to. From the splurge-worthy to the drugstore faves and Black-owned must-haves, these are the picks that every Black woman must know. Stay tuned as we continue to unveil this year’s winners!

This feature originally appeared in the ESSENCE May 2017 issue.



1 of 11 Diane Labombarbe

If you’re a skincare junkie, we know you love this brand. Their newest launch is a retinol-free correcting serum, the Lytera 2.0 Pigment Correcting Serum, that can fade even the most stubborn of dark spots. It's a total winner for women of color.

available at SkinMedica $154 Buy Here

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This genius brand was created with people of color in mind and that’s why we can’t get enough of this unique cleansing bar. Filled with a blend of kojic and azelaic acids to diminish dark spots, it's certainly award-worthy.

available at Urban Skin Rx $28 Buy Here

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This lubricant is your key to increased skin hydration. It is packed with moisture, has huge plumping properties and is available at all price points. When you want a burst of hydration, Peter Thomas Roth's Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Serum is the way to go. Don’t be mistaken by the small bottle, this serum is packed with 75% hyaluronic acid. Can you say mega moisture?

available at Sephora $65 Buy Here

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Another skincare favorite, Rodan + Fields never disappoints with its highly effective formulas. Not only is the Active Hydration Serum chock full of the award-worthy ingredient, but other moisture-rich ingredients like sea salt, glycerin and lactic acid as well. 

available at $108 Buy Here

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We all know beauty sleep is a real thing. Our skin does most of its work overnight, including repairing itself from all the exposed elements throughout the day. Cetaphil's Rich Hydrating Night Cream is an editor favorite. It’s great for sensitive skin, uber-moisturizing and extremely affordable.

available at Target $20 Buy Here

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From hair to skin to makeup, SheaMoisture is the ultimate multitasking brand, with plenty of staple products to choose from, including the Raw Shea Butter Body Lotion.

available at Target $9 Buy Here

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There’s no doubt that Dove is embraced by the entire family. And its new line for babies will keep your precious little one’s skin nourished. Get started with the Baby Dove Rich Moisture Top To Toe Wash.

available at Target $6 Buy Here

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Sunday Riley is the ultimate skin indulgence. Their products are unique, effective and just plain old beautiful to look at. The C.E.O. C+E antiOXIDANT Moisturizer keeps skin supple while fighting dullness, texture and aging. 

available at Sephora $65 Buy Here

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It is unanimous amongst our beauty team that you have to have at least one Dermalogica product in your daily routine. This fan-favorite Daily Superfoliant not only gets rid of dry, dead skin, but fights signs of aging.

available at Dermstore $58 Buy Here

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Olay is an oldie, but goodie, skincare brand that we will never stop using. Its formulas are top notch and you don’t have to pinch your pennies to experience them. The Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream lessens wrinkles and signs of aging while keeping skin smooth to the touch.

available at Target $20 Buy Here

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A combo of powerhouse ingredients--charcoal and salicylic acid--helps this scrub clear up acne while sloughing away dead skin. And the best part of all is the affordable price. 

available at Target $7 Buy Here