Over the years we've become increasingly conscious of what we're putting on our skin and where those products come from. And while there may be plenty of products out there, ones that specifically cater to the needs of women of colour are still rather sparse and often difficult to find in mainstream retailers. Yes, sadly it's still an issue.
Contrary to what's typically on offer, though, the beauty scene is flourishing with skincare brands founded by women of colour. There are some incredible names boasting brilliant products created with melanin-rich skin in mind, catering to the issues that are typically experienced by dark complexions, founded by some brilliant women.
Normally we have to look to the United States to find these beauty products, but we've uncovered a selection of noteworthy brands, that are accessible here in the UK too.
The Afro Hair & Skin Company
With holistic health and wellness at the heart of the brand. The Afro Hair & Skin Co offers organic hand-crafted products made from natural, locally sourced ingredients in the UK.
If it's natural skincare products you're after all of the skin BUTTR body range is made from whipped shea based body butters and scrubs while the skincare offering focuses on deep hydration.
This luxury skincare brand prides itself on using organic ingredients sourced from Africa. Most of their product selection have a focus on moisturising and hydration, and are exclusively stocked in Harrods.
Holistic skincare brand Antonia Burrell is a range made from 100% natural ingredients - it's all chemical-free and ethically and sustainably sourced. Their hero product is their emulsifying cleansing oil however you'll find a wide range of multi-action products that promise to boost radiance in all skin types.
Urban Skin Rx
These guys offer a corrective skincare orientated towards divers skin tones. It's a US brand but thankfully, they ship to the UK too so it's relatively easy to get your hands on their clear-skin promoting products.
Ayo means 'joy' in the Yoruba language which is the central ethos of this uplifting brand. Ayo's founder Susan Benjamin has tried to promote the use of her products as a sensorial experience and uses Arctic rose and natural essential oils to fragrance the range.
These beautifully packaged 100 percent vegan products are handmade in made in small batches in Cheltenham and Hackney by friends Liha Okunniwa and Abi Oyepitan. The natural bases of their range are coconut and shea butter, and as well as oils and soaps, the brand also offers a clean burning, sustainable coconut wax candle too!
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