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 Velvet Cleansing Milk. This creamy lotion refined with the Gentle Complex from Le Domaine Clarins (organic yellow gentian & organic lemon balm) avoid disrupting the skin’s natural microbiota when cleansing makeup residue and pollutant particles.

If you are looking for an organic gentle cleanser that is suitable for all skins types, you might want to consider our fan favourites Gentle Foaming Purifying Cleanser for Combination and Oily Skin, Gentle Foaming Soothing Cleanser for Dry Skin and the Gentle Foaming Hydrating Cleanser for Normal Skin. Formulated with various organic compounds these gentle cleansers are suitable for various skin care needs and conditions.


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 combination or oily skin, the Purifying Toning Lotion is tailor made for you. The alcohol free toning lotion is an expert in purifying the skin while tightening pores due to its organic meadowsweet and organic witch hazel extracts. It is recommended to apply this lotion in the evening for a stress free makeup removal.

Keeping yourself hydrated is one thing, but your skin is more susceptible to dehydration due to environmental factors such as pollution and exposure to harmful UV rays. Keep your skin hydrated throughout the day with a Hydrating Toning Lotion that specialises in retaining the skin’s natural microbiota. This alcohol-free toning lotion, enriched with organic aloe vera and organic fig extracts, hydrates and softens the skin as you go on with your evening.


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? Equip your skin with a veil of protection against 5 pollutants which you might encounter daily; atmospheric, indoor, pollen, blue light and photo-pollution. Clarins’ first UV and pollutant screen, theUV Plus [5P] Anti-Pollution Translucent, does just that while hydrating your skin thanks to its organic mango leaf extract. Made for all skin types, this remarkable multi-protection moisturising excludes filters, preservatives and colourants contributing to 26% of the formula.

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