Finding a routine for our skin is a trying process, and finding products our skin will love is even harder. However, as we continue to grow and learn more about health and wellness in the black community, we are discovering more brands and healthier ingredients. As the warmer months and sunshine head our way, make sure your skin is just as prepared as you are! Here are five skincare companies that are black-owned you should look up and try.
First on the list is BLK+GRN, “an all-natural marketplace by all Black artisans.” Founded by Dr. Kristian Henderson, their mission is to bring together black artisans and vendors that sell their own skincare, healthcare, and overall wellness products. The artisans are also handpicked by black women’s health experts. BLK+GRN has made it easy for men, women, and women with babies to find better natural products that fit their lifestyle. They advertise non-toxic, plant-based, and cruelty-free companies and products, and have been carefully tested by experts to make sure the products are safe and work for your melanin.
One popular product that is featured on the site is from a feminine care brand called The Honey Pot.
The botanical-based luxury skincare company, Elle Johnson Co., gives you an easy three-step cleanse routine that works perfectly for the busy boss lady. If you’ve never heard of a botanical product, the ingredients originate from plants like herbs, fruits, flowers, seeds, leaves or roots. According to Elle, you only need a cleaning lotion (step one), a moisturizer (step two), and end with a toner (step three). Not to mention, the packaging alone will make you want to try it out!
Go ahead and add the signature ‘Clear 3 Bundle’ to your lineup so you’re already set with a routine.
Next, you’ve probably seen this brand in your local Ulta store. Nyakio crafted her name into a clean, green and fresh skincare company that uses cold-pressed oils in small batches. Yup, cold-pressed just like your favorite green juice! Having your oils in this form is better for your skin because it preserves more of its nutrients than refined oils. Change up your ingredients with Nyakio products like facial oils, exfoliating cleansers, creams, masks, and body scrubs.
Editor-In-Chief’s Pick: The Manketti & Mafura Anti-Aging Oil that targets signs of wrinkles, loss of firmness, dullness, and dehydration.
“Creators of the #1 Aloe vera gel based moisturizer for PH balanced and hydrated skin”, She’neil Johnson brought Base Butter to life through the “grown consciousness, intellect and demand for representation from consumers.” (basebutter.com) The brand’s whipped body butter, Body Love Cream, quickly drew in an audience because of it simply being whipped. This fluffy moisturizer uses shea butter, mango butter, Geranium, and of course Aloe Vera gel. You can also take their quiz to see what type of routine is best for your skin.
Also, try out their Aloe Vera gel daily moisturizer, Radiate Face Jelly.
Along with your cleansers, toners, and moisturizers, you need a sunscreen. However, we all know about (and hate) the white residue most sunscreens leave on darker skin tones. Well thanks to Shuntay Lundy, Black Girl Sunscreen was made because of this very problem. She discovered that there were natural ingredients that would cater to proper UV protection. This gem for melanated-skin is cruelty-free, natural, vegan and reef safe.