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After Previously Leading Innovation At Estée Lauder, This Founder Has Introduced His Own App To Revolutionize The Skincare Industry

Revea is setting a new standard in the skincare industry with the debut of its mobile experience. As AfroTech previously told you, the San Francisco-based company was looking to create a precise mobile experience that integrates Hyperspectral Imaging and Artificial Intelligence (AI). This technology will create refined diagnostics to generate skincare solutions for users. Already, 3,000 skin profiles have been created.

Samantha Dorisca

Sep 21, 2022

Vaseline And HUED Partner To Launch Skincare Database For People Of Color

To help people of color find reliable information about skincare, Vaseline and digital health company HUED have joined heads to launch online database See My Skin . According to a press release, See My Skin will be helpful to find quality care from board-certified dermatologists and find skincar e conditions for people of color. The newly established skincare database is timely as research published by the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology revealed fewer than six percent of image-based results reflected  skin conditions specific to Black, Indigenous, and people of color.

Samantha Dorisca

May 3, 2022

Revea Secures $6M In Funding To Launch A Precise Mobile Skincare Experience

To ensure bias is removed from skincare product development, Revea has raised $6 million in funding. According to a press release, the Seed II round was led by Alpha Edison. In addition, Ulta Beauty, WaldenCast Ventures, GISEV, Verlinvest, Kathaka, and Stanford Co-Chair Musculoskeletal Imaging also participated in the round. “Ulta Beauty was founded to disrupt the status quo and today, we remain focused on doing just that across every touchpoint – with greater personalization than ever before,” said chief digital officer at Ulta Beauty Prama Bhatt, according to a press release. “We are thrilled to support Revea as they continue to disrupt and deliver unique, personalized skincare solutions.”

Samantha Dorisca

Apr 21, 2022

Shontay Lundy Found A Problem In A Multi-Billion Dollar Industry Then Addressed It With Black Girl Sunscreen

Being a risk-taker paid off for entrepreneur Shontay Lundy, the founder of Black Girl Sunscreen. The New York native began cultivating the brand after nudges from friends suggesting Lundy should consider wearing sunscreen, as she became an avid hiker after moving to Los Angeles. While diving into research for products catering to Black skin, Lundy was not convinced by her findings. To her disappointment, the sunscreen sector underserved Black people and she recalled zero options that resonated with her. Recognizing an issue, Lundy decided to be the change and disrupt the $8.5 billion sunscreen industry. Although Lundy never manifested she would become the head of a million-dollar sunscreen brand, she was determined to follow what made her happy.

Samantha Dorisca

Mar 10, 2022

After Struggling With His Skin, Here's How Kri Peck Worked With Chemists To Create A Skincare Line Of His Own

This founder turned his acne woes into dough! Kri Peck has always been one to stand out and go against the norm. Whether it’s through his work as a publicist or an advocate within the LGBTQIA+ community, he isn’t afraid to use his platform and voice to prompt change. Now, he’s changing the skincare game ! KRI SKIN was launched to help others with their skincare journey. The publicist, actor, and now entrepreneur has made the decision to use a solution that worked for him to help eradicate acne , hyperpigmentation, and acne scars.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by @kriskinllc   After struggling with horrible cystic acne for over 10 years and coming up short on finding products that worked, Kri took matters into his own hands. “I basically tried everything on the market, everything over the counter and everything prescribed to me by dermatologists and nothing works,” said Kri in an official interview with AfroTech. “And so I was like I’ve got to figure out a way to...

Shanique Yates

Jun 30, 2021

SolaWave Announces $50K Philanthropic Efforts To Celebrate Juneteenth & Pride

SolaWave, a Black and LGBT-owned skincare line, has announced its new philanthropic efforts in celebration of both Pride Month and Juneteenth. In a press release, the Los Angeles-based company announced that it was partnering with The Lavender Rights Project, Black & Pink National, and The Transgender District to raise money for these organizations. Their fundraising efforts will total $50,000. “As an LBGTQ+ and Black-owned company, the month of June holds a deeply personal significance to our team,” said  SolaWave co-founder Fatima Loeliger in the press release. “Philanthropy is a pillar of our brand and we are excited to give back in a meaningful way. We have a unique platform, and we want to use it to make a difference for our communities, both this month and year-round.” To commemorate the occasion, the company is offering a limited edition of its signature Advanced Skincare Wand in a color that pays tribute to the original colors of the gay pride flag. $15 from the sale of each...

Naomi Osaka Partners With A Ghanaian-Born Dermatologist To Design A Skincare Line With Melanin In Mind

Naomi Osaka wants skincare for all shades of melanin! According to Face2Face Africa, the tennis superstar is marking her territory in the skincare industry with a new line, KINLÒ, specifically made with our beautiful skin hues in mind. Like many others blessed with melanin, Osaka has found it difficult to find products that work for her skin. It was this that led her to launch not only a skincare line that gets the job done but one that is easy on the pockets for consumers as well. For years, there’s been a stigma that Black people don’t have to worry about protecting their skin. Thankfully, that’s a thing of the past and Osaka is taking everyone with her to a healthier skin regimen. She even admits that it wasn’t until recently that she even learned how to properly wear sunscreen. “What drew me towards this project is having memories of being a kid and not knowing how to protect my skin,” said Osaka in an interview with Business of Fashion. “I only started wearing sunscreen...

Shanique Yates

Apr 29, 2021

Buttah Skin Founder Dorión Renaud is Building a Beyoncé-Co-Signed Skincare Brand For Black People

From faith the size of an unwanted blemish grows a Beyoncé-stamped skincare brand, and that’s on serial entrepreneur Dorión Renaud. The Beaumont, TX native founded Buttah Skin for men, women, and non-gendered people in 2018 after stumbling upon a self-mix set of natural ingredients that finally faded his hyperpigmentation. Now, after bootstrapping his business for two years, Renaud’s skincare collection — fully loaded with a serum, sonic brush, toner, several creams, and beauty bars — is a beloved brand made for “melanin-rich skin,” specifically. “Everyone from the director of the shoots to the stylists to the makeup artists is all Black, and that’s the only way that this brand is able to be successful,” he tells AfroTech. “We are inclusive, but it’s so important that I work with people that understand our beauty and culture to be able to shape the beauty industry.” By the summer of 2020, while already serving a growing customer base, Buttah Skin popped up on virtually everyone’s...

Niki McGloster

Jan 29, 2021

Age-Defying Pharrell Williams Finally Launches a Skincare Line Called Humanrace

After years of fielding questions about his age-defying skin, Pharrell Williams is finally entering the beauty business with his own skincare brand, Humanrace . Allure spoke with the superstar hitmaker and fashion designers for exclusive details on the forthcoming collection, which includes three products: rice powder cleanser ($32), lotus enzyme exfoliant ($46), and humidifying cream ($48). Consulted by dermatologist Dr. Elena Jones, the three-step system is designed to prepare, repair, and protect the skin. “You put on that humidifying cream,” he said. “You’re like, ‘Oh man, my skin is popping.’” Pharrell, whose youthful look receives constant praise online and IRL, credits his obsession with skincare to the many women he’s quizzed, including Naomi Campbell. “They’d talk to me about their skin and the things that they’d do. It varied between the different girls and campaigns that they had done and what they felt was...

Niki McGloster

Nov 12, 2020