Dija can be found here:

The Black Skin Directory can be found here:

Andy Millward:

Lasers recommended:

ND Yag:

Diode Laser:


Dr Ejikeme at Adonia Medical:

Debbie Thomas:

SPFs recommended:

– bea Solar Defence, SPF 50, like single cream texture and itโ€™s physical with no white ashiness.
Solar Defence SPF 50 – 50ml

– Glossier Invisible Shield – the watergel formula is clever, no alcohol and I like the protection is encapsulated for enhanced performance on the skin.

– ecooking – another milk textured, similar to Body Shop Sun Defence. Price point good too. 16 quid.

– UltraSun pigmentation sunscreen SPF30If youโ€™re tackling pigmentation issues, this will help in the long run. Clever ingredient Ectoin works to quell excess pigmentation. Nice texture, can skip moisturiser on this one.

– ClinicBe Be Sun Protected – slightly tinted, this one is so good I broke my first bottle open to finish completely. Goes on like a dream, disappears and looks good under make up and itโ€™s a physical SPF.
Neostrata Sheer Physical Protection SPF 50

– love this as it goes on matte and anchors your make up with a vice like grip. You need to shake this one to get it going, if not thereโ€™s a slight white cast but as make up goes over it, nothing noticeable at all.

For the body – UltraSun sports gel –



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Comments (25)

  • Lydia Reply

    Have you stopped Vlogging…we hardly hear from you recently??

    August 4, 2019 at 2:54 pm
  • Maays Reply

    Thanks for this video!!

    August 4, 2019 at 2:54 pm
  • Noha Salah Reply

    Hi dear i really give up and i dont trust anyone but you i suffer from oily acne skin iam mid 30th and i have visited dr and they subscribe me on antibiotic which is i cant tolerate can you advise me with some products that can help me ,thanks

    August 4, 2019 at 2:54 pm
  • N Ash Reply

    Caroline… subject but just as important….teenage skin..Avaโ€™s age group. They do not have a clue……seem to have misguided interest in makeup…more is better. Skin care is a mystery to young girls…..i was in Target…. kids were chatting …….saying eye creams are important and itโ€™s a waste of money to wash your face with products…., water and a washcloth or a wipe leave your skin clean… Please set aside time ..possibly one day every other week….this could help the growing boys also

    August 4, 2019 at 2:54 pm
  • Ashleigh Blanc Reply

    For me, the fact you went to find another black woman whoโ€™s opinion you value to have this conversation speaks volumes to me on your integrity.

    August 4, 2019 at 2:54 pm
  • P Reply

    Would you ever do a men's skincare video?

    August 4, 2019 at 2:54 pm
  • Savanah Lear Reply

    Loved the episode very much. Thank you!

    August 4, 2019 at 2:54 pm
  • Barbara Curry Reply

    I always watch, but never comment…thank you so much for this Caroline!!!! Please continue to feature this brilliant woman!!!

    August 4, 2019 at 2:54 pm
  • Courtney Reply

    This has been invaluable! Thank you Caroline and Dija for spreading the knowledge!

    August 4, 2019 at 2:54 pm
  • KA A Reply

    I want more of this collaboration please ๐Ÿ˜‹

    August 4, 2019 at 2:54 pm
  • Kailla Antone Reply

    Beautiful ladies

    August 4, 2019 at 2:54 pm
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    August 4, 2019 at 2:54 pm
  • Learn a different language Reply

    I've never heard of you or have even watched the video yet because I'm so weary of the Caucasian and other communities (including ours) depicting us black women in a horrible light. I see from these comments however that there was a good dialogue with actual valuable non biased, non secretly racist information that is useful for us.. Thank you for being the .1 % who doesn't look down on our skin…l

    I expect some racist or bigoted idioT with too much time on their to interject so that was my opinion, k, byeee.

    August 4, 2019 at 2:54 pm
  • Nicky Adams Reply

    Caroline u look beautiful my dahhling ๐Ÿ’– hope u had fun at the celine dion and Barbra streisand Hyde Park concerts,love you long time dude ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜˜ X

    August 4, 2019 at 2:54 pm
  • Gracie N Reply

    This is so very insightful. As a woman of colour It can feel under/overwhelming when trying to find ingredients which work for me, spend loads and it doesnt work.

    August 4, 2019 at 2:54 pm
  • Kesine Kaur Reply

    Thank you very much for making this video educating ppl is everything, and I love ur friendship โค๏ธ

    August 4, 2019 at 2:54 pm
  • nneoma Reply

    You can call black people black people! POC is a more general term, and not every darkskinned person has roots in Africa ๐Ÿ™‚

    August 4, 2019 at 2:54 pm
  • Tammy Benay TV Reply

    Fabulous video as always. Just making sure I like and comment to keep the goodness going. Thanks for highlighting darker/deeper skincare. <3

    August 4, 2019 at 2:54 pm
  • Princess pree Reply

    Caroline thank you so much, I started watching you with the retinols and haven't stopped since. I'm so happy and I'm gonna give you 100% for putting someone on of colour / black /dark skin on your YouTube page. I'm glad that you are trying to represent everybody and educating us on how to care for our skin. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ

    August 4, 2019 at 2:54 pm
  • Chantel P.w Reply

    Im confused. Im very into skincare and my routine is the same as my white and asian friends

    August 4, 2019 at 2:54 pm
  • Hay Pat Reply

    Hi. Can you please suggest ideas on how to top up spf during the whilst wearing makeup.

    August 4, 2019 at 2:54 pm
  • Hay Pat Reply

    Thank you so much for catering to us women of colour. Much appreciated.

    August 4, 2019 at 2:54 pm
  • Michelle Hall Reply

    I'm going to be in London for the month of August and was low key freaking out where I would go to get a facial and this was perfect timing. I've already learned so much from you in the last few years and bringing a woman of color to discuss skincare was the icing on the cake. As an aside…it just dawned on me that there are no Sephora's in the UK…where's a comparable place that I can go to for skin care?

    August 4, 2019 at 2:54 pm
  • Sherri Allen Reply

    I absolutely love this content! The willingness to show, discuss and highlight diversity in the beauty industry on your channel is amazing and that's part of why i love you. Thank you so much!!.

    August 4, 2019 at 2:54 pm
  • pf243 Reply

    black women unite! thank you Caroline..

    August 4, 2019 at 2:54 pm

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