The key ingredient is glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid that removes dead skin cells. This gentle ingredient also helps remedy acne, while hyaluronic acid locks in moisture. Just remember to wear sunscreen on top of this product because the acidic components increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun. Finally, apply foundation — but when you discover a more even and beautified skin tone, you may opt to go nude.
There isn't one specific skincare regimen that works for everyone, and many product lines don't tackle the specific needs of women of color, such as hyperpigmentation. A new one, however, aims to change that. Dr. Susan Taylor's Rx for Brown Skin is a new line of skin care for light, medium and dark shades of brown skin (think everyone from Lucy Liu to Jennifer Lopez to Eve to Queen Latifah). It was developed by Dr. Susan Taylor, a Harvard-trained dermatologist and the director of the Skin of Color Center in New York City.
The line is divided into products for dry, acne-prone and dull skin types:
- Bright and Healthy: A fragrance- and alcohol-free cleanser, toner and moisturizer for sensitive and dry skin
- Bright and Clear: An acne-fighting trio infused with soy (to even out skin tone) and salicylic acid (to fight pimples)
- Bright and Even: A cleanser, toner, moisturizer and serum with hyaluronic acid (to smooth skin) and glycolic acid (to remove dead skin)
The cleansers, lotions and serums range from $18 to $36, and if you need help figuring out which product collection is right for you, this survey will send you on your way. And if you're looking for a makeup line for brown skin, check out Big Girl Cosmetics, which has tons of options for women of color.