African-American women have more options than ever when it comes to beauty and skincare products. But I’ve found that when it comes to finding the perfect moisturizer, skin type matters just as much as skin color.
I’m no expert, but I know what moisturizers work on my combination and adult acne-prone skin. In no particular order, here are my picks for the best moisturizers for African-American women (and probably other women of color too):
- Mamie McDonald, an African-American aesthetician in New York City, recommended that I use love Dermalogica products about ten years ago and I’ve been using the products ever since. For moisturizers, the skin care line’s Active Moist and Oil Control Lotion are my favorites. Since black skin tends to be oilier than white skin, the Oil Control Lotion is a lightweight moisturizer that won’t clog your pores. And Active Moist is made with soothing natural botanicals that combat dehydration.
- Even though dark skin is naturally protected from the sun by melanin, it’s a myth that we don’t need to use sunscreen. Neutrogena’s “Healthy Defense“ is one of my favorite daily moisturizers because of its SPF 45 and smooth coverage.
- Dermatologists highly recommend Cetaphil for acne-prone skin. The daily moisturizer provides moderate sun protection and is good for all skin types. Its lightweight coverage makes it perfect for wearing under makeup.
- Sea Breeze Hydrating Moisturizer can be found at most drugstores. This affordable oil-controlling moisturizer keeps the skin nourished and hydrated with a blend of sea minerals, nutrients, and Vitamin E. Better yet, it’s priced under $6.
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