What’s the best skincare routine for dark skin?


Beauty has no colour or skin type, which is why at Clarins, we recognise that women of colour need skincare routines and products which are tailored to fit their skin’s unique needs. Dark skin tones span the spectrum from honey caramel to a deep chocolate, which means these skin tones need skincare products specially made for their complexion in order to prevent the grey or white tinged cast often left behind by products made for fairer skin. Darker skin tones are also more prone to hyperpigmentation, dark spots and rosacea, hence the need for skincare products that are dedicated to these skin concerns as well.


Flawless skin starts from a proper cleansing routine and for that, you need a cleanser that is both gentle yet effective such as our Cleansing Milk with Gentian, a water-free formula that’s great for moments when you simply need a quick clean up. While we all face the same problem of sebum overproduction, unwanted shine tends to show up more prominently on darker skin tones. Clarins’ Cleansing Milk with Gentian seeks to remedy that right from the start of your skincare routine with a blend of plant extracts such as Gentian, Hawthorn and Sage which all work together to rebalance oily-prone skin while simultaneously cleansing it of impurities.

If a water-free formula isn’t your cup of tea, Clarins also has a range of Gentle Foaming Cleansers that removes impurities and makeup in one wash, plus it comes with three different options for different skin types such as the Gentle Foaming Cleanser with Cotton seed Normal/Combination, Gentle Foaming Cleanser with Shea Butter for Dry or Sensitive Skin and Gentle Foaming Cleanser for Combination or Oily Skin.


products, come with different textures to cater to different skin types. However, Clarins’ wide range of exfoliating scrubs will do you no wrong. If you didn’t already know, exfoliating also increases the effectiveness of face masks!


Once you’ve finished exfoliating, you can opt to step up your skincare regime with a soothing SOS Pure Face Mask for an extra purifying boost. Skincare routines for dark skin can benefit from this purifying clay mask infused with Alpine Willow Herb extract as it will help to tighten pores while simultaneously restoring hydration and radiance to your skin with its non-drying, creamy texture.

If you have oily skin, apply the Toning Lotion with Iris after cleansing to help further tone, soothe, purify and hydrate skin. Made with Iris and Sage extracts which are anti-inflammatory as well as an alcohol-free formula, it helps to calm skin while normalising surface oils to promote a matte finish so your skin remains fresh, soft and supple throughout the day.

For those with dry skin, it’s better to go for the Toning Lotion with Camomile that soothes as it removes every last trace of your cleanser. Rich in vitamins A, B, and E, Camomile, and Linden extracts, this soothing lotion promotes radiant-looking skin while acting as an emollient and anti-free radical.


At Clarins, we believe in embracing the skin you have and we would never try to convince you to try and whiten your complexion. However, we do believe in brightening your complexion. Radiance does indeed come from within but it does help to nourish your skin with brightening skincare products such as our White Plus range for that dewy, petal-soft look. Our White Plus range covers all the necessities for day and night skincare with a focus on eliminating dull skin and uneven skin tones. Packed with botanical ingredients and antioxidants, it gives your skin an intense brightening effect while keeping skin moisturised, smooth and supple. Take your pick from Clarins’ many skin brightening products such as our Bright Plus Advanced Brightening Dark Spot-Targeting Serum, a fast-absorbing brightening serum with double oxygenating power that visibly revives dull skin to restore your skin’s glow.


Having more melanin doesn’t mean your skin is immune to harsh UV rays. Sunscreen should be counted as an essential in your arsenal of skincare products even if you have dark skin, but with most sunscreens leaving white tints on your skin what should you be using if your skin tone leans more towards the luscious brown shades of the spectrum? Clarins’UV Plus SPF50/PA++++ Blue would be a solid choice as your go-to sunscreen. Not only does it keep your skin safe from harmful sun rays, it also protects your skin from pollution with the Anti-Pollution Complex pioneered by Clarins. It also promises not to leave behind white traces or that greasy feeling we often associate with sunscreens thanks to its oil-free formula!

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