In an industry that has so often neglected to include melanated bodies in the conversation, and represent them in their products, campaigns, and teams, it remains a given that, in some cases, the best skincare brands to address the intricacies of Black skin are the ones with Black leaders at its forefront. With brands boasting chemical experts and celebrity aestheticians at their foundation, it goes without saying that Black-owned skincare brands have rightfully carved a space for themselves in the industry, and are more than just a fad to support, but that Black Business Month is here just gives us another reason to share some of the best skincare products from brands that you may have missed before.
Truth is, having melanated skin does come with its own unique set of common skincare concerns, such as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, that take the special care of a product formulated with Black skin in mind to thoroughly protect it. Take a dive into rolodex of Black-founded brands and the vast offering is enough to fill up your skincare routine lineup a number of times over. Prefer to stick to vegan, natural, sustainable or women-owned brands when it comes to skincare? No problem there either. From a number of fan-favorite serums, to daily cleansers, oils, masks and even skincare tools that may make your routines more effective, these Black-owned brands offer more than you could ever need. See 15 of the best products to start with, below.
This expert aesthetician-backed brand has garnered die-hard fans all over. Its Sake Toning Essence in particular works magic for anyone with excessively oily skin, balancing out the skin’s natural oils while also addressing uneven texture, visible pores and brightens.Available at Shani Darden
The cherry on top after a calming shower, Hannahanna’s handcrafted body butter’s energize and rejuvenate the skin.Available at Hannahanna Beauty
Vitamin C for your under eyes is one of beauty’s best kept skincare secrets. BeautyStat’s Universal C Eye Perfector uses the purest form of the vitamin to relieve puffiness, brighten the under eyes, soothe irritation and smooth fine lines.Available at Beauty Stat
Contrary to myths you may have heard, Black girls do need sunscreen, and it’s an added benefit to Absolute Joi’s squalene and hyaluronic-infused tinted moisturizer.Available at Absolute Joi
Eadem’s products are formulated using a first-of-its-kind technology, Smart Melanin™ Beauty, that caters to melanated skin. The brand’s milk Marvel Dark Spot serum combines this along with niacinamide, amber algae and Vitamin C to combat hyperpigmentation and large pores.Available at Eadem
With hints of sage and oat milk, you definitely want Keys Soulcare’s Golden Cleanser to be a part of your nighttime routine (it’s packed with tumeric and manuka honey, too).Available at Keys Soulcare
Oui The People’s weighted, stainless steel razor turns the dreaded leg day into an at-home spa treatment, with a single blade that promises not to trigger ingrown or razor burns.Available at Oui The People