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Can Black People Have Freckles? The Answer Is Yes! (Duh.)

How they form and appear on darker skin tones — and how to protect your skin Let it be known: freckles aren’t only for fair-skinned maidens. Braided red hair a la Pippi Longstocking is no longer a requisite to having a complexion covered with a smattering of these charming spots — locks, twists, and 4C…

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THE SOOTHING POWERS OF CHAMOMILE FOR MELANATED SKIN

You might know chamomile best as a soothing bedtime aid in teas, but the plant is also a renowned skincare ingredient—calming skin that’s easily irritated and prone to flare-ups. Here, a brief explanation of some of its benefits and how it helps with skin of color.  What exactly is bisabolol? Technically, there are two versions…

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ALL ABOUT CERAMIDES: HOW THIS MULTI-TASKER WORKS FOR SKIN OF COLOR

Think of any great moisturizer you’ve ever used, and chances are it contains ceramides, powerhouse restorative ingredients that help to nourish skin by protecting its outer layers. Here, more on what these multi-taskers are and what they can do for melanated skin.  First up, what are ceramides? Ceramides are basically a class of waxy lipids…

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SQUALANE SPOTLIGHT: THE IDEAL LIGHTWEIGHT MOISTURIZER FOR SKIN OF COLOR

Due to a surge in popularity over the last couple years, squalane has become one of the buzziest skincare ingredients out there (it kind of feels like it’s in everything these days!). Here, we’ve broken down the benefits of the botanical super ingredient and how it’s beneficial for melanated skin.  First up, what is squalane?…

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ON SNOW MUSHROOMS: HOW THESE EDIBLE FUNGI BOOST MELANATED SKIN

In Eastern Asian cultures, mushrooms are not just a delicious source of sustenance, but also powerful ingredients for nourishing and hydrating skin. Since they’re composed of around 90% water and rich in antioxidants, mushrooms are a great source of moisture and vitamins for the body, and have been adapted into teas, tinctures, and topical skin-care…

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UNDERSTANDING TETRAPEPTIDE-30: WHAT IS IT AND HOW DOES IT HELP MELANATED SKIN?

If you’ve ever looked into anti-aging skincare before, chances are you’ve come across peptides. These restorative proteins are considered powerful skin-nourishers and -smoothers because they’re known to stimulate collagen production and promote general skin health. What you might not know is that they can also brighten and reduce the appearance of pigmentation! Here, a brief…

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THE TROPICAL TUCUMA EXTRACT: A POTENT BRIGHTENER FOR SKIN OF COLOR

Tucumã extract is a botanical ingredient from South America that’s taken off in the hair-care world for its softening and smoothing properties—though it offers plenty of benefits for skin, as well. Read more about why it’s such a popular ingredient, below, and how it works for skin of color in particular.   First up, what is…

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