Basic Skincare Routine for Darker Skin

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Sometimes, its best to go back to a basic skincare routine for darker skin.  There are so many skincare products available that we’ve all turned into beauty junkies.  More than half the products in your bathroom cupboard is unused junk.  We’ve been told to use a day cream and a night cream, we need sunscreen and exfoliators, serums and eye creams.  The list is never ending.

Our parents didn’t do all this.  My mother’s skincare booty consisted of a face wash (usually Noxzema) and a moisturiser that she used in the morning and night.

Every girl has heard the ‘Cleanse, Tone, Moisturise’ routine and for darker skin tones this does apply.  However we have additional issues we have to deal with including pigmentation irregularities, extreme dryness, etc.  A skincare routine for dark skin can get very complicated, very quickly.

In order to simplify your regimen, you need to assess your skin.  Beauty counters can be very helpful, although, I tend to be distrustful of them seeing as their main aim is to sell product.  An independent skincare specialist at a spa or a dermatologist is a much more reliable source.

An expert will be much more specific to your individual needs, but failing that, here are the main elements to create a simple daily routine that you can build on.

Basic Skincare Routine for Darker Skin

Step 1: Take off your makeup

Every skin care expert, or woman with great skin, I have spoken to says this is one of the most important things to do at the end of every day. This is mostly important because along with makeup, you also want to remove the daily debris .  So whether or not you wear a full glam face daily or not, you should take off your makeup  nightly. Be it with a makeup cleanser or with wipes.  Wipes are great, when you are really tired and don’t have much time.


 Try it out: Bliss Fabulous Makeup Melt , £24

RECOMMENDED: This brand new product from the infallible Bliss Spas is a gel product that melts into an oil on application and is very effective at removing makeup, including waterproof mascara.  It has been formulated without nasty ingredients such as artificial fragrance, artificial colour, soap, mineral oil, phthalates, parabens and sulfates.


Step 2: Cleanse your skin

After make up removal you could still do a cleanse to remove any dirt or oils that the makeup remover didn’t catch.


Try it out: Shu Uemura Ultim8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil, from £37.50

RECOMMENDED: We love this cleanser from Shu Uemura, that doubles up as a makeup remover.  This product is a gentle cleansing oil that turns to an emulsion once in contact with water.  It is great for extra dry skin as it doesn’t strip the skin of any moisture but cleanses the skin thoroughly.


Step 3: Tone up

Toners generally help to optimise the skin for the next step which is usually a skin treatment or moisturiser.  Toners also refresh and rehydrate the skin.

Murad essential-c

Try it out: Murad Essential-C Toner, £25 

RECOMMENDED: This toner refreshes, rehydrates and optimises the skin.  In addition, Essential-C Toner protects the skin from free radical damage.

Step 4: Moisturize

This is one of the most important steps of any skin care routine.  Moisturisers keep the skin soft and supple.  Many moisturisers also combat skin concerns such as hyper-pigmentation.  In the event that you do not suffer from any particular skin ailment, look for a moisturiser that suits your skin type i.e. oily, dry, normal or combination.


Try it out: Aveda Botanical Kinetics Intense hydrating rich creme, £35



Step 5: Protect

It is vital that we wear sunscreen, even when we have darker skin as we still need protection from UVA/UVB rays.


Try it Out: Skinceuticals Daily Sun Defense Sunscreen, SPF20, $40 

RECOMMENDED:  Skinceuticals do some of the best sunscreens on the market.  Their product will not leave any white or ashy residue so it is perfect on a naked face or under makeup.


I believe in taking care of your skin, inside and out.  Are you drinking enough water? Are you eating well enough to get the right balance of vitamins and minerals?  Are you exercising?  Are your skin care products skin type appropriate?

Have you tried any of the products above? what did you think of them?

What is your basic skincare routine for darker skin?