After dealing with her own skin issues, and seeing thousands of patients with similar complaints, dermatologist Susan Taylor created a skin care system to address the specific needs of deep skin tones. Why does brown skin need specialized products? There are fundamental and structural differences compared to Caucasian skin. We have more melanin, which has some advantages, like better protection from the sun and skin cancer, but also problems like uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation. Brown skin can be very sensitive or rosacea-prone, too, even if it doesn’t show up as redness the way it does on Caucasian skin, and our acne scars can last for months. That’s why I don’t use ingredients that can cause inflammation or irritation. My products also don’t contain ingredients like alcohol and lanolin, which can cause both. What’s the biggest mistake made by women with darker complexions when it comes to taking care of their skin? Definitely not using sunscreen. It’s critically important, since the sun can make uneven tone even worse, undoing any benefits from skin care.
What’s the star product of the line, and why? I can’t choose between the Absolute Radiance Intensive Exfoliating Serum, which has glycolic acid to gently remove dead skin cells, soy to even out tone and pomegranate to decrease inflammation, or the Naturally Flawless Advanced Botanical Brightener, made with bearberry, black tea and allantoin, which work to fade dark spots.
What recent in-office advances have been made for darker skin tones? Now women with dark skin can safely get laser hair removal, since the newer light sources are capable of targeting just hair, not melanin. The Fraxel laser, in experienced hands, can be great at evening out tone and stimulating collagen without risk of scarring.
Can anyone with any skin tone use your products? Absolutely, especially anyone with uneven skin tone or hyperpigmentation, and even those with sensitivity or rosacea, because the ingredients are so good and well thought out.
Dr. Susan Taylor’s Rx for Brown Skin, $18-$34, at Sephora
Breaking News: @louisvuitton's men's artistic director @mrkimjones is leaving the French fashion house after nearly 7 years. Jones joined Louis Vuitton in 2011, following a three year tenure as creative director of British luxury goods brand Alfred Dunhill. Jones is to exit Louis Vuitton after showing his fall 2018 collection for the brand in Paris on Thursday. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews