Embrace the Glow with Black-Owned Skincare Brands at Sephora This Summer

Written on 05/03/2024

Summer’s rolling in, and you know what that means—it’s time to level up the skincare routine as the sun starts flexing a little harder. And while we’re at it, let’s talk real for a minute. According to McKinsey & Company, only 4–7% of beauty brands in our usual shopping spots are Black-owned, and they snag just 2.5% of the beauty industry’s revenue. Now, consider this: Black folks contributed to 11.1% of the total beauty industry’s revenue in 2021. Something about those numbers doesn’t quite add up, right?

Well, as we continue to push for more representation and fairness in the beauty industry, it’s also a fab opportunity to support brands that truly get our glow. Sephora’s stepping up by stocking some seriously good Black-owned skincare brands. Whether you’re trying to combat that extra shine or keep your skin smooth and protected, here’s a scoop on six Black-owned brands you can find at Sephora to keep your skin in check all summer long.

1. Fenty Skin by Rihanna

Rihanna wasn’t just about setting our playlists on fire; she’s also about getting our skin right. Fenty Skin is a game changer, especially for us looking for products that are kind to every shade of beautiful. Check out their Hydra Vizor Invisible Moisturizer—it’s got SPF 30 and doesn’t leave you with that ghostly residue.

2. Topicals

Eczema, hyperpigmentation, and sensitive skin woes? Topicals is all about turning troubled skin into a triumph. Their Faded Serum is a crowd favorite and honestly, a blessing for anyone tackling dark spots and wanting to embrace their natural skin without compromise.

3. Eadem

Eadem is like that bestie who knows exactly what you need. Crafted by women of color, for women of color, this brand blends science with our rich heritages to treat our melanin with the care it deserves. Their Milk Marvel Dark Spot Serum with amber algae and vitamin C? Chef’s kiss!

4. Rose Ingleton MD

Dr. Rose Ingleton, a skincare fairy godmother, created her line to simplify your routine without sacrificing results. Her products, pumped with a Jamaican Superfruit Blend, are like a tropical vacay in a bottle—perfect for keeping us radiant while we bask in the sun.

5. Cay Skin

Inspired by her own journey with vitiligo and sensitive skin, supermodel Winnie Harlow brought us Cay Skin. It’s all about sun care that respects and protects. The Isle Glow Face Lotion SPF 45 is a must-have for that fearless summer shine without the burn.

6. Oui The People

Tired of unrealistic beauty standards? Oui The People is about celebrating real skin, not retouched perfection. Their Sensitive Shave Gel with aloe and rosewater makes sure every shave is as smooth as your moves at a summer block party.

Let’s be real—supporting these brands is more than just about buying skincare; it’s about investing in a community and showing up for each other. Plus, we get to enjoy products that are made with our needs in mind. So, next time you’re at Sephora or scrolling through their site, consider adding some Black-owned magic to your cart. Your skin (and your conscience) will thank you.