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Is Fake Tan The Beauty Secret Black Women Are Missing Out On?

For most Black women, the fluorescent shelves of the tanning product aisle in high street drug stores and supermarkets have remained somewhat of a beauty Bermuda triangle – much like the hair care aisle.

Unlike some more dubious (read racist) beauty recommendations for Black women that advise against red lipstick or attempt to explain away the lack of darker hues in foundation collections, the lack of marketing or representation for Black women in the self-tan or fake tanning industry is a rather simple one: if you’re already blessed with bountiful amounts of melanin-induced dark skin, why on earth would you buy fake tan? 

Nevertheless, over the past few years the amount of Black women reaching for a sunless glow has increased significantly. The debunking of myths around the use of suncream and the formation of The Black