The Best Anti-Aging Tools and Treatments for Dark Skin

Felicia Walker Benson has been blogging since 2006, pouring her heart and soul into her passion for beauty. Walker Benson, who serves as editor in chief for top-rated beauty blog ThisThatBeauty, is a highly sought-after authority in the industry. She has appeared on TV programs like the Today show and in beauty publications such as Allure, Ebony, and Marie Claire. Each month, Walker Benson gives Byrdie readers tips and recommendations on the best in hair and beauty for women of color. If it’s happening in beauty, Felicia is on it—with red lips in tow!




I love dispelling the myth that "black don't crack." As a black woman, I've heard this saying proudly (boastfully, even) repeated countless times over the course of my adult life. I've actually been chided for using serums, eye creams, sunscreen, and other anti-aging products. The resounding snarky comment is usually "Girl, we don't need all of that." The gist: We black women don't need to concern ourselves with skincare products because we are anti-aging unicorns.

This simply isn't true. While black skin is slower to show the typical signs of aging like fine lines, deep forehead wrinkles, and crow's feet around the eyes, our skin is prone to uneven tone, dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and sagging, all of which rob our skin of its youthful glow and makes us appear older than we really are.

Thankfully, lots of at home treatments and in-office procedures can help treat dark spots, rough textures, blotchy skin tones, and sagging skin—but are these treatments safe for dark skin? Dr. Neal Schultz, NYC-based dermatologist, host of, and creator of BeautyRx, advises, "At-home lasers and devices (i.e. hair removal, acne treatment, reduction of fine lines) are generally safe. The FDA is very demanding that manufacturers demonstrate safety before the FDA approves them."

So what’s the best of the best? We want bright, radiant, flawlessly smooth skin, and we want it now. Read on as we break down the best tools and treatments that deliver noticeable results and are safe for dark skin!

What anti-aging tools and treatments have you tried? Share your experiences in the comments below!

This story was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.