When it comes to natural formulas that cater to melanated skin, black-women-owned skincare products are the way to go. Many of these companies are flourishing in the beauty industry, and supporting them benefits them as well as the consumer, irregardless of your skin tone. We’ve highlighted eight unique brands, as well as a few you may not have heard of, that you will want to add to your skincare routines.
Alikay Naturals founder and CEO, Rochelle Alikay Graham-Campbell, learned the benefits of natural ingredients from an herbalist at her kitchen table when she was a young Caribbean girl, and she began to create natural formulas that would address her own hair and skin demands. Without using petroleum, mineral oil, alcohol, parabens, sulfate or silicone, Alikay Naturals uses the healing properties found in natural and organic ingredients to replenish and nourish the skin. Products like the Green Tea Chai Face Scrub, is an excellent exfoliating product that smells divine, and moisturizes and softens your face.
Buff Experts is a Canadian skin care brand founded by Sina Zere. Buff Experts focuses on clean, high-quality botanical ingredients, and is a plant-powered collection of cruelty-free body care products for skin from the neck down.
Known for their award winning dark spot serum, Hyper Even Brightening Dark Spot Vitamin C Serum, Hyper Skin which was founded by Desiree Verdejo, highly centers on formulas that contain clinically proven ingredients and natural botanicals. Their serums, cleansing gels, and masks offer positive results for all skin tones.
Hanahana beauty products are made with shea butter directly from the Katariga Women's Shea Cooperative in Ghana combined with natural oils. Their mission, according to founder Abena Boamah-Acheaming, is to increase accessibility, transparency, and sustainability in all aspects of what Hanahana Beauty creates. All of their products contain natural ingredients that will leave your skin feeling smooth and improved.
Unsun Cosmetics was created in 2016 by Katonya Breaux. She decided to create a cruelty-free, and reef-safe sunscreen for women of color due to limited options of clean sunscreen in the world. Unsun Cosmetics products are all vegan and are environmentally friendly.
Founder Cashmere Nicole created the vegan, paraben-free, and cruelty-free cosmetic brand, Beauty Bakerie, in 2011. Beauty Bakerie is committed to both high quality and healthy ingredients which enhances beauty for everyone.
Pholk Beauty, who's motto is “Soul food for the skin,” ws created by Niambi Cacchioli, With blended heirloom superfoods from across the Black diaspora, Pholk vegan products treat common skin conditions, such as dark spots and ingrown hair.
Sheala Walker is an esthetician and founder of Walker’s Apothecary. Their products fuse traditional and cutting-edge treatments, which include botanical-based ingredients that comfort the mind, body, and soul.
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Jazmyne Hambrick is a senior at Life University, and She is pursuing her bachelor's degree in Human Ecology/Media and Communications. Jazmyne enjoys spending most of her time painting, reading, and watching Grown-ish. Follow her on instagram @ Jazpinkk_