Rihanna's Best Skin Care Tip Is Totally Unexpected

Rihanna is the latest celebrity dropping what I like to think of as a care package to the world during this weird summer of 2020. Taylor Swift offered up Folklore. Beyoncé is about to drop her visual album, Black Is King. And Rihanna is here with Fenty Skin (launching July 31) and some insight into her own personal beauty routine. 

Ladies, I thank you. We needed this. Sadly, we aren't getting new Rihanna music right now—but for the beauty-obsessed, the long-awaited skin care spin-off of Fenty Beauty is even better. During a private Zoom with beauty editors, RiRi shared some of her very own beauty tips and insight into how she approached the creation of her newest beauty line. 

One of the misconceptions Rihanna wants to address with Fenty Skin is that Black people don't need to wear SPF. During the chat, she made a point to say that's totally necessary for everyone—even on your hands. To that end, one of the first products coming out is Hyrdra Vizor, which goes on invisible, even on dark skin tones. (There's also a toner serum and a creamy cleanser.)

“Growing up on an island, you're exposed to the sun every day, so you thought SPF was like a tourist thing—and especially not for Black people," she said. “And I have learned the hard way, because over time the sun wasn't that kind to my skin. My skin wasn't that resilient and I started to have hyperpigmentation in certain areas and realized I have to put this on.” 

“I think the biggest misconception with SPF, in particular, is that Black people don't need it, and as a woman of color I'm here to say that's a lie,” she continued. “You don't think about the parts of your body that are exposed to the sun, like your hands. Driving your car—on the steering wheel— those are things that age really quickly, but they're so exposed. SPF is for everyone and every day.”

Rihanna was also asked about the decision not to overly feminize the line. “I think skin care is gender neutral, in general. The only thing that makes it different in the supermarket is the color, it's in a darker package,” she said. “But I think that really shouldn't matter. Skin is skin, and you shouldn't have to feel funny or hesitant about using it if you're a man because everybody has skin and everybody should take care of their skin. So I never approached skin care or making this line from a gender standpoint. I didn't want anyone to feel excluded."

Finally, in a rare case of ‘Rihanna is just like us,’ she revealed she's also been suffering from quarantine breakouts. “In quarantine, it was rough at first,” she said. “I don't know what the changes were that my skin was going through. It wasn't used to being at home for that long I guess, not being on planes. But it went through a little change. After a while and being consistent in my skin care routine every day—I had so much time to do that—and my skin has improved tremendously throughout quarantine.”

She continued, “I haven't been wearing a lot of makeup. You aren't exposed to the environmental toxins and you're just at home chilling, doing your skin care routine every day. I feel pretty confident about my skin right now…I like to just flex my skin.”

Read our full review of Fenty Skin here. It goes on sale on July 31. 

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