By: Makeup Artist Renee Loiz
When you see the words Black-owned, you may think it means Black only. Well, I’m here to tell you that is not a fact! Black-owned beauty can work for anyone and everyone under and over the sun. So, let me walk you through my nightly skincare routine and introduce you to a few dope beauty products that just so happen to be Black-owned.
CLEANSE by Lauren Napier (image by Mae Jones Magazine)
The first step in my nightly skin care routine is wiping everything off my face from the day with a cleansing wipe. The products and makeup I’ve had on for however many hours in the day have got to go before I climb into bed. Lauren Napier Cleansing Wipes are my go to and totally break down and remove all the products. They’re also super pillowy soft and don’t irritate my skin. After I’ve wiped down, I move on to a gentle and hydrating face cleanser. AKA the best cleanser ever!! AKA Shani Darden's Cleansing Serum. It cleanses the skin without stripping it of its natural moisture and also hydrates big time thanks to hyaluronic acid, a moisture retainer. For those with sensitive skin like mine, this serum cleanser calms any irritation with the quickness.
Next up, I do a little face toning and hydrating with Doubledown Cosmetics Rose Hydrosol Face Toner. Hydrosols are never a bad thing in my book especially if your skin is on the drier side from living in a desert climate, like I do. They’re also perfect for hydrating the skin which makes it easier for serums, oils, or moisturizers to absorb and do their job. This brings me to my final and most important step in my nightly skincare routine—the face oil. I’m popping Mask Off Beauty's Rosehip Oil Blend onto my skin to treat my pesky, sensitive red cheeks, hyperpigmentation from old acne scars, and a few fine lines from laughing just a touch too much. The main ingredient in this oil blend is Rosehip Seed Oil, which is pretty much an anti-aging superstar. When applying, I add a few drops in my hands and gently press the oil into my skin to help it absorb faster. Also, the pressing is kind of like a mini facial massage to help me sleep a little better at night. Good night.
Renee Loiz is a Los Angeles based makeup artist and creator of Color May Vary.