6 Skin-Care Essentials Every Black Girl Should Add To Her Beauty Stash

Blake Newby
·3 min read

Every year, that transitional period between winter and spring means warmer temperatures and longer days ahead, a wardrobe overhaul from down jackets to lighter layers, and skin-care product swaps from heavy creams to lightweight formulas.

But, as with any type of transition, updating your top shelf can run the risk of a few bumps along the road: You want products that will provide hydration without feeling too heavy, a radiant glow without having to pile on the bronzer in order to achieve it, and — for those with dark skin — an effective sunscreen that won't leave your complexion ashy.

To help make your transition to spring as smooth as possible this year, we teamed up with First Aid Beauty to round up the spring skin-care essentials that’ll eliminate all trial and error. From multipurpose moisturizers to selfie-worthy lip masks to spa-level facial tools, here are the must-have beauty essentials every Black girl should own for a successful spring reset.

With colloidal oatmeal, shea butter, and ceramide 3, this hydrating moisturizer can soothe even the driest skin (plus, the fast-absorbing whipped texture makes it perfect for spring). In fact, Ultra Repair Cream also helps relieve eczema symptoms. There are no rules: Apply the cream anywhere you need moisture — from your head to your toes — and prepare for silky smooth skin all over. Even better? 10% of retail sales will be added to First Aid Beauty’s $1 Million FAB AID student loan repayment initiative.<br><br><strong>First Aid Beauty</strong> Ultra Repair Cream, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.firstaidbeauty.com%2Fskin-care-products%2Fmoisturizers%2Fultra-repair-cream" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:First Aid Beauty" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">First Aid Beauty</a>
With colloidal oatmeal, shea butter, and ceramide 3, this hydrating moisturizer can soothe even the driest skin (plus, the fast-absorbing whipped texture makes it perfect for spring). In fact, Ultra Repair Cream also helps relieve eczema symptoms. There are no rules: Apply the cream anywhere you need moisture — from your head to your toes — and prepare for silky smooth skin all over. Even better? 10% of retail sales will be added to First Aid Beauty’s $1 Million FAB AID student loan repayment initiative.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream, $, available at First Aid Beauty
Dry brushing is the ancient method of exfoliating skin that's known for stimulating blood circulation, reducing the appearance of cellulite, and the list goes on. This particular brush from Gilded Body is 100% handmade with natural bristles, and a marble base that’s both IG- and vanity-ready. For the best results, massage the brush in an upward motion on the areas you think need a little extra love.<br><br><strong>Gilded</strong> The Marble Body Brush, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fgildedbody.com%2Fcollections%2Fexplore-the-collection%2Fproducts%2Fthe-body-brush" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Gilded" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Gilded</a>
Dry brushing is the ancient method of exfoliating skin that's known for stimulating blood circulation, reducing the appearance of cellulite, and the list goes on. This particular brush from Gilded Body is 100% handmade with natural bristles, and a marble base that’s both IG- and vanity-ready. For the best results, massage the brush in an upward motion on the areas you think need a little extra love.

Gilded The Marble Body Brush, $, available at Gilded
Leave your chapped, winter lips behind once and for all. This KNC lip mask utilizes plant extracts, collagen, rose flower oil, and vitamin E to dish out hydration that the average lip balm can’t offer. Simply place the mask on your lips for 15 to 20 minutes to reveal softer, smoother skin. And if you feel any tingling, that’s just the collagen doing its thing.<br><br><strong>KNC Beauty</strong> KNC Beauty Kiss My Lips Lip Mask (5-Pack), $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fkncbeauty.com%2Fproducts%2Fall-natural-collagen-infused-lip-mask-10-pack" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:KNC Beauty" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">KNC Beauty</a>
Leave your chapped, winter lips behind once and for all. This KNC lip mask utilizes plant extracts, collagen, rose flower oil, and vitamin E to dish out hydration that the average lip balm can’t offer. Simply place the mask on your lips for 15 to 20 minutes to reveal softer, smoother skin. And if you feel any tingling, that’s just the collagen doing its thing.

KNC Beauty KNC Beauty Kiss My Lips Lip Mask (5-Pack), $, available at KNC Beauty
We’ve all (hopefully) learned by now that just because our skin is rich with melanin doesn’t mean we can skip out on the sunscreen. Luckily, Black Girl Sunscreen has us covered with an everyday option that leaves zero whitecast. The matte, lightweight formula is made with SPF 45 and aloe to heal your skin as it protects against UVA and UVB rays. <br><br><strong>Black Girl Sunscreen</strong> Black Girl Sunscreen Make It Matte Sunscreen, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.target.com%2Fp%2Fblack-girl-sunscreen-make-it-matte-sunscreen-spf-45-1-7-fl-oz%2F-%2FA-79494469%23lnk%3Dsametab" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Target" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Target</a>
We’ve all (hopefully) learned by now that just because our skin is rich with melanin doesn’t mean we can skip out on the sunscreen. Luckily, Black Girl Sunscreen has us covered with an everyday option that leaves zero whitecast. The matte, lightweight formula is made with SPF 45 and aloe to heal your skin as it protects against UVA and UVB rays.

Black Girl Sunscreen Black Girl Sunscreen Make It Matte Sunscreen, $, available at Target
You don’t necessarily have to have scars or stretch marks for Bio-Oil to work its magic. The must-have body oil is lightweight, non-greasy, and improves the overall elasticity and appearance of your skin. So even if you don’t have skin blemishes, this oil will act as a protectant ensuring that your skin’s outer layer is strong and can quickly bounce back.<br><br><strong>Bio-Oil</strong> Skincare Oil, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ulta.com%2Fskincare-oil%3FproductId%3DxlsImpprod1800041" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Ulta Beauty" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Ulta Beauty</a>
You don’t necessarily have to have scars or stretch marks for Bio-Oil to work its magic. The must-have body oil is lightweight, non-greasy, and improves the overall elasticity and appearance of your skin. So even if you don’t have skin blemishes, this oil will act as a protectant ensuring that your skin’s outer layer is strong and can quickly bounce back.

Bio-Oil Skincare Oil, $, available at Ulta Beauty
Puffy skin can strike no matter the season, but springtime allergies can make it even worse. These cryo facial tools fight against an inflamed appearance and give you a spa-worthy experience in the process: Simply roll the tools along your face for an instant cooling sensation upon contact. What’s more, the motion helps to firm skin, improve blood circulation, and minimize pores.<br><br><strong>Georgia Louise</strong> Cryo Freeze Tools, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.georgialouise.com%2Fshop%2Ffacial-freeze-tools" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Georgia Louise" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Georgia Louise</a>
Puffy skin can strike no matter the season, but springtime allergies can make it even worse. These cryo facial tools fight against an inflamed appearance and give you a spa-worthy experience in the process: Simply roll the tools along your face for an instant cooling sensation upon contact. What’s more, the motion helps to firm skin, improve blood circulation, and minimize pores.

Georgia Louise Cryo Freeze Tools, $, available at Georgia Louise

Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?