The Skincare Essentials For Dark Skin Tones

The Skincare Essentials For Dark Skin Tones
Darker skin may be slower to age and less likely to burn, but it’s also more prone to hyperpigmentation: the overproduction of melanin that can result in a dull, uneven tone and post-blemish dark spots. Keep your complexion looking its best by turning to exfoliating acids to fight discoloration, vitamin C to give extra glow and an SPF that ensures your investment pays off.

Dr. Barbara Sturm

Darker Skin Tones Foam Cleanser, £55.00

German aesthetics doctor Barbara Sturm is one of the most respected names in skincare, and her high-performing, science-backed products are beloved by celebrities. This powder-to-foam cleanser, which belongs to her Darker Skin Tones line, contains vitamin C and doubles as a light enzyme peel – perfect for nixing surface-level pigmentation. Use in lieu of your day-to-day cleanser two to three times a week (or daily if you have oily skin).



Super Soin Solaire Facial Youth Protector SPF30, £196.00

Even for those with very dark skin, daily use of an SPF is non-negotiable – especially if you’re making regular use of acids. Fortunately, sun-care experts Sisley-Paris have created the most luxurious sunscreen you’ll find – a divinely scented, non-greasy formula that disappears into the skin like a moisturiser (thanks to glycerin and shea butter) and, most importantly, leaves no chalky blue cast.


The Ordinary

Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2%, £9.72

The Ordinary boasts a selection of serums that are rich in glow-giving, free-radical-fighting vitamin C, but this ‘water-free’ solution (which feels a little like an oil) is our go-to for achieving a more even skin tone. That’s thanks to the added extra of alpha arbutin, which slows down melanin production and brightens the complexion. Simple yet effective.


Paula's Choice

Clinical Niacinamide 20% Treatment, £51.00

Niacinamide is one of the buzziest ingredients in skincare for good reason: it’s an all-rounder, tackling enlarged pores, fine lines and dark spots all in one. This Paula’s Choice treatment is supercharged with the stuff – apply daily, after cleansing and before moisturiser, for best results.


Drunk Elephant

C-Firma Day Serum, £40.00

This hard-working antioxidant serum from Drunk Elephant not only delivers a shot of brightness to the skin with a healthy dose of vitamin C – it also contains peptides for firming, pomegranate and pumpkin extract for exfoliation, and vitamin E for hydration. Follow up with an SPF of 30 or more.


Kate Somerville

Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment, £21.00

Unlock glowing skin in a flash with LA facialist Kate Somerville’s two-minute treatment (one of the brand’s bestsellers). A super-fine exfoliant made with lactic and salicylic acid, it works by turning over the uppermost skin cells to reveal a brighter, smoother complexion underneath – and is designed for once or twice-a-week use. Super-sensitive types should steer clear – this is one for acid veterans.


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