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Women of color with darker skin have a whole host of skincare issues that they have to take into account when trying to choose the right products for them. From proper protection from sun damage, to hyperpigmentation, to an excess of dead skin cells, those with deeper skin tones often times have to worry about skincare issues that people with lighter skin never even think about. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite products for dark skin.

While it’s obvious that no skincare product is every truly “one size fits all,” here are a few great products for dark skin to get you started!

Clearing mud mask

This high-end mud mask may be expensive, but the results it yields are more than worth the splurge. The Glamglow SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment, perfect for all skin types (oily, combination, normal, and dry), helps heal troubled skin with a combination of helpful acids and charcoal. The mask helps fight breakouts, in-grown hair, and dark spots only after a few uses. As a plus, it also does all of this without the presence of any parabens or sulfates!

Hydrating face cream

Perfect for keeping dry, sensitive skin consistently hydrated and nourished, Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter is a highly effective, lightweight facial butter that drastically improves the texture and condition of skin over time. Full of vitamins, shea butter, and aloe among other things, this facial cream soothes troubled skin while giving the complexion a nice, dewy glow. This cream is definitely a summertime staple.


Those with darker skin may have a harder time getting sunburned but that doesn’t mean they don’t still need to protect themselves from potentially harmful UV radiation to keep their skin healthy. L’Oreal Paris Advanced Suncare Silky Sheer Face Lotion is an old favorite among all skin shades, but especially adored by those with deeper tones. The formula almost entirely weightless, absorbing into the skin with little effort, and leaving behind a silky-smooth finish along with its broad-spectrum protection.

Gentle exfoliator

Regular exfoliation is the key to keeping smooth, glowing skin, and Boscia Smoothing Facial Polish helps accomplish that without using any ridiculously harsh chemicals. Instead of parabens and sulfates, the formula consists of all natural mannan and other natural oils that help gently rid the skin of dry and dead skin cells, absorb oils from clogged pores, and leave the skin visibly improved.

Moisturizing sheet mask

Somehow, sheet masks manage to be just as effective as traditional facial masks without all of the added work. The Dr. Jart + Water Replenishment Cotton Sheet Mask is definitely no different. This topical mask contains powerful but concentrated amount of witch hazel and allantoin, two ingredients that work together expertly to provide tons of long-lasting moisture to the skin. This sheet mask replenishes and refreshes the skin in no time.

Everyday cleanser

No skincare regimen is complete without a proper everyday facial cleanser. Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser is a one-stop cleansing shop that perfectly rids the face of everything from heavy makeup buildup to clogged pores. This cleanser is gentle enough to use whenever you need it but effective enough to make your favorite toners and makeup wipes completely obsolete. While this cleaner is definitely helpful to all skin types it is particularly beneficial to those with sensitive skin. We dare you not to fall in love with it.

Let us know in the comments if you love these products for dark skin as much as we do!