Ageless Angela Bassett Is Launching A Skincare Line For Women of Color

Getting older is weird. Some people age like a banana, while others hold on to their flawless looks into their 50s and beyond. One ageless beauty – actress Angela Bassett – is launching a special skincare line for women of color on a quest for unblemished skin. The American Horror Story actress, who looks stunning at 57, has teamed up with her esthetician, Dr. Barbara Sturm, to create a line to help black women and other women of color with the skin issues that plague women with darker skin, including uneven tone, hyper-pigmentation, and unsightly breakouts.

Bassett met Dr. Strum through a friend a few years ago after battling skin issues herself and started using Dr. Sturm’s original line, Dr. Barbara Sturm Skincare Collection. She was so impressed with the anti-aging line that she came up with the idea of re-imagining the products for women with darker skin. Now, after two years of research, the line is finally ready and women of color can rejoice.

The new skincare line is named “Darker Skin Tones by Dr. Barbara Sturm” and will feature a five-item range with a foam cleanser, enzyme cleanser, face cream, face cream rich, and a hyaluronic serum. What do all these items do? I have not a single damn clue, but if they will help my skin look perfect, I’m ready to slather them on my face.

Dr. Sturm recently did an interview with Women’s Wear Daily’s Lorelei Marfil, speaking more about the ingredient that makes the difference. She said:

“Our main ingredient which goes through our whole line is purslane. It’s also an herb, and it has such powerful properties in every direction. But what I like the most is actually is the youth enzyme, this telomerase activator. The telomerase activates an enzyme to keep those ends of the chromosomes long, which actually works against natural programmed cell death and that’s the key. So not only do we have anti-inflammation and the evening out of skin tone but also a big thing for antiaging.”

As a black woman, I’m no stranger to the “black don’t crack” phrase. After all, strangers often think my mom is my sister when we go out in public. But, I’m also well aware of breakouts that lead to uneven skin tone and I know having a good skincare routine is a major key to anti-aging – even with great genes.

Bassett also spoke up about the collaboration, and she wants women to feel proud of their complexion. She told Women’s Wear Daily:

“I like them to be pleased when they look in the mirror, to feel good about themselves and the condition of their complexion.”

Now, for the nitty gritty. Darker Skin Tones will be available exclusively through Harrods, a London-based department store, both in their retail locations and online. There isn’t a specific launch date, but the line will be available sometime in July, according to Women’s Wear Daily. Prices will range from $58 for a cleanser to $335 for a 30-milliliter bottle of the hyaluronic serum. Yeah, it is kinda steep, but it takes some coins to be a sexy lady like Bassett.

Although Bassett and Dr. Sturm’s line hasn’t even hit the shelves yet, the pair is already thinking about starting a more affordable line for teenagers. Since skin issues normally start during the teen years, it would be great to start nipping them in the bud from the beginning. Expansions aside, I’m sure I won’t be the only woman of color in formation for Darker Skin Tones products.