The Beginner’s Guide to Having an Actual Skincare Routine

They say you’re supposed to really begin the journey of skincare in your early 20s. But you’d be surprised at how many brown women still haven’t honed in on their perfect skincare routine, even in their 30s and 40s. Skincare is simple, to some extent. It’s about 1) understanding your skin’s needs, 2) finding products…

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How to Find Your Undertone

Undertones are so underrated. They mean everything (well, sometimes) when it comes to finding your best makeup choices, especially foundation and certain shades of lipsticks. There are basically 3 undertones: Warm, Cool and Neutral. The Quick Way Put a gold and a silver piece of accessory up to your face. Which looks more flattering: the…

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Ask the Expert: 6 Skincare Questions Brown Women Always Ask

Licensed medical aesthetician and creator of Urban Skin Rx, Rachel Roff, honestly answers six typical skincare questions for Brown women.   Besides drinking more water, what are the best tactics for Black women to keep their skin ultra hydrated in the cold months? The winter elements can be harsh on skin so it’s important to…

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Overcoming Me and Mama’s Eczema

Mama’s battle with eczema began with an itchiness from barely-there fine bumps that only she could see in the mirror, before covering them with face powder. She was the 30-year old single mom and daughter of a nurse, so heading to the doctor every time a small thing came up just wasn’t the mindset. There…

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Every Skincare Question You Have, Answered (Part 1)

All women have skincare issues. But sometimes, Black women have questions and the answers feel impossible to find. Look no further. We sat down with Jill Riley, skin care expert and founder of nature-based skin and cosmetics company, Alapure. Your question: What really causes adult acne? Jill: It’s mainly hereditary and hormones, but the biggest…

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Two Black Women Making Shea Oil Fabulous

Black girl magic is real, y’all. Creators of Bolden Shea Oil, Chinelo and Ndidi, decided that it was time to help women of African descent have access to enriching, natural beauty products. After realizing that there is still an extreme lack of high-quality beauty products for women of color, the duo left their corporate lifestyles…

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Brown Girl Business, Flo + Theo is Everything and More

Flo + Theo is home to an artisanal skincare collection of body butters, cremes, washes and soaps, created by two Nigerian sisters, Mayowa and Ebony. In need of products that catered to their sensitive skin, Flo & Theo is a Queens-bred product line formulated with the freshest ingredients, ranging with products like Lemon Orchard Natural Body…

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Do brown and dark skin women need sunblock?

The quick answer: yep. There’s no way around this. While brown and darker skin has a natural “protection” against sun damage and sun burn from their increased amount of melanin, the truth is that they still need to wear sunscreen. Some women with darker skin may have a natural SPF of 13, but that doesn’t…

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