Hi, Chicsters today’s post is about must-have beauty products for women of color. I’ll be sharing my wishlist of products that alleviate some of our most common skin concerns which include hyperpigmentation, under eye circles and darkness etc. I’ve been talking clumsily about skincare on Instagram for the last couple of weeks because I’ve recently gotten back into it.
I’ll be the first to say that good skin care can be expensive but you only get one face so you gotta make it last lol. Sephora is having a Holiday Bonus Sale for its members (Beauty Insiders from November 16–19
GET 15% off with code BIBONUS) so I thought this was the perfect time to move the skincare shpeal to the blog and share my skincare wishlist as well as some fall beauty picks! “If you’re planning on purchasing hair, makeup, or skincare items before the end of the year, this is the time to get it!”
Speaking of makeup what do you think about this orange lipstick it’s more of a brick red, It’s taking me a long time to get to a point where I am somewhat comfortable with bright colors like this. I’m glad to be alive in the era of Fenty because growing up as a dark brown girl I really didn’t have options when it came to makeup but that’s a story for another post, ill be sharing more on the subject on Instagram (@supplechic).
Every woman needs a good moisturizer growing up because I had oily skin I thought I didn’t need it, I didn’t know that not moisturizing my skin made it oilier. So do yourself a favor get your self a good moisturizer at the minimum one that has SPF 15 because no matter how melaninated your skin protection from harmful UV rays is a must. According to the Styleandbeautydoctor, your moisturizer not only needs to match your skin type and needs, but it also has to work with the climate where you live (or where you travel).
As I said earlier you only get one face and one of the places that show the first signs of aging are your eyes, according to Cosmopolitan magazine it ages 5 to 10 years faster than the rest of your face. It might be because the skin around this area is so delicate, however, is constantly working everytime you squint or smile. So why invest in a good eye cream the quote a stitch in time save nine comes to mind. Tip: Look at your moms face if her areas of concern include her eyes you should be investing in it now!
Hyperpigmentation is a condition that occurs when our skin makes too much melanin and is a common concern for women of color the browner you are the more prone. This conditioned is caused due to a variety of reasons from sun damage, to changes in hormones and acne. Aside from sun damage & hormonal issues, it’s really more of a cosmetic issue, with that said I’ve never met a woman who didn’t want even skin. There are many products on the market to treat this concern, (like the Murad Rapid age spot and Pigment Lighting Serum) however, I suggest looking for products derived naturally ones that include Vitamin C, Retinol A and Kojic Acid.
The top layer of our skin is dead and dull, because of this the top layer is naturally and slowly sloughed off. The older we get this process becomes less efficient and we begin to get patches of dead and dull skin. Exfoliators remove the dead skin cell revealing our natural glow. It also allows our other anti-aging products to penetrate the skin more effectively while increasing blood circulation.
There are two main types of exfoliators physical and chemical; physical exfoliators work via mechanical actions while chemical exfoliators work by dissolving the bonds between the dead cells in the skin surface. Chemical exfoliants like AHA/BHA are recommended for people with oily/acne prone skin(💥Caudalie Glycolic Peel Mask) and according to Byrdie dry skin types can benefit from exfoliators that remove dead, dull skin (💥SHISEIDO WASO Soft + Cushy Polisher) but also provide hydration like oil or even honey-based ones.
The last must-have beauty product will have to water, humans are composed of about 60% water and the largest organ in our body is our skin. When our skin is not hydrated its symptoms presents itself differently by individual, a plethora of skin issues arise, because water is required to move essential nutrients around the body including into skin cells. Water helps to replenishes the skin tissue and increases its elasticity. This helps delay the appearance of signs of aging like wrinkles and fine lines.
In addition, when skin is dehydrated it can lead to the overproduction of oils or on the opposite spectrum dry, flaky tight skin, that easily wrinkles. Bottom line if we drank more water early on we probably wouldn’t need so many creams, jellies, and serums!