BOSSIP: What are some of the biggest challenges in skincare for people of color during the warmer months?
Fernandez: Hyperpigmentation is definitely one of the biggest challenges that our customers face and it only worsens during warmer months with increased sun exposure. There is a common misconception that melanin-rich people don’t need to wear sunscreen and we at Makari are working hard to educate our customers on the importance of wearing sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. Treating sunburn and hyperpigmentation is usually a long and complicated process and while we make very effective products to help address them, prevention is crucial.
On this same topic, many of our customers find it challenging to find the right type of sunscreen that won’t leave a white cast on their skin. After several requests, last year we came out with an oil-free and residue-free facial sunscreen with SPF46 that our Makari fans are loving.
Lastly, I would say that acne breakouts are another major skin challenge among our customers. During these warmer months, we all tend to sweat a lot more than in the winter and when sweat mixes with bacteria and oils on our skin, it can clog our pores.
Cleansing your face twice a day with products aimed to regulate oil and sebum production like our Acnyl Sulfur Soap is very important. Other tricks are to blot sweat from your skin with a clean towel or cloth or to change your pillowcase frequently.