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):

 

Dermalogica

Dermalogica

  • 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.

 

 

 

Neutrogena

Neutrogena

 

  • 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Cetaphil

Cetaphil

  • 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Seabreeze

Seabreeze

  • 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.

 

 

 

 

Image credit: Drugstore.com, Dermalogica