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Understanding and formulating for the unique needs of melanin-rich skin

What is Melanin?

Melanin is a substance in your body that provides pigmentation to your skin, eyes and hair. Melanin is responsible for the tanning of skin when exposed to sunlight.

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What does it mean to have Melanin-rich skin?

Your skin can be defined as melanin-rich if you are able to consistently tan and rarely burn when exposed to sunlight.

Characteristics of Melanin-Rich Skin


Melanin-rich skin has been shown to lose moisture at a faster rate than non-melanin-rich skin


Melanin-rich skin contains a lower level of ceramides than other skin, which can cause a dull, flaky or ashen appearance


Melanin-rich skin is more prone to hyperpigmentation due to excess melanin produced at sites of trauma (acne, burns, rashes) or other various factors

Lower pH Level

Melanin-rich skin has been found to have a lower, more acidic surface pH level

melanin-rich needs FIRST

Moisturization and hydration are the priority for every Loved01 formula

Each ingredient was intentionally chosen to hydrate melanin-rich skin. Rich in emollient plant-based oils to deeply moisturize, free from harsh surfactants that strip the skin of its natural oils, and pH balanced to nurture your skin leaving it soft, vibrant and glowing.

Dr. Naana Boakye, MD MPH

Dr. Boakye understands the needs of melanin-rich skin and works with the Loved01 team to recommended key ingredients that address moisturization and hydration challenges.

Dr. Boakye is a board-certified dermatologist and recognized by Allure magazine as one of the "Best Black Dermatologists Across the U.S."

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"Loved the products, used the Face + Body Wash in the shower and it was fantastic, soft, pleasant smelling and left my skin soft and hydrated."


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