Sample Article: African-American Skincare
Best Care for African American Skin
There is a common misconception that people of color require skincare products that are different from those of other ethnic groups.
This, as it turns out, isn’t the case, according to Paula’s Choice Skincare.
While there are some differences between darker and lighter skin, the major skin types are generally the same between all ethnic groups.
Special Considerations for People of Color
One issue darker people have is discoloration. While some very harsh skin cleansers may lead to discoloration, such as products containing certain acne-fighting ingredients, the most common cause of discoloration of darker skin is sun damage.
Contrary to what many people think, darker people are not immune to sun damage, despite the fact that the customary “sunburn” doesn’t appear.
For this reason, people of color, like anyone else, should wear a protective sunscreen of at least SPF 15. An SPF of 35 is preferable.
Cleansing for African American Skin
Choosing a cleanser is one important aspect of skin care for people of color. It’s important to choose something that doesn’t contain peroxides and other substances which may discolor or even “bleach” the skin.
Choose cleansers made for your skin type. The main skin types are oily, combination, and dry skin. For those with oily skin, cleaners designed to not clog pores and cause breakouts are ideal.
Drier skin will require some additional moisture, even while cleansing.
Moisturize Every Day
After every facial cleansing, moisturizing is an important next step. Skin that is properly moisturized is softer, healthier, and less likely to succumb to wrinkles and other damage.
Applying a high-quality moisturizer daily will help achieve this goal. Keep in mind, however, that a moisturizer can’t do the job alone.
Maintaining proper hydration is even more important, as skin, much like the rest of your body, is hydrated most efficiently from the inside. Drink eight glasses of water per day to maintain proper hydration, and even more if you are very active.
Exfoliation removes dead skin cells, oil, and other impurities from your skin. The tissue revealed underneath is younger, and more vibrant.
Exfoliate at least once or twice per week, but do so no more often than once every other day. Overdoing it can damage your skin. There are exfoliating cleansers available, or you can use a special sponge or brush.
Just make sure any products you use are intended for the face, as items made for the feet or body will be too abrasive for the skin’s delicate skin.
Special Issues for People of Color
While darker skin and lighter skin are primarily the same, there are some differences to keep in mind. The main difference between skin colors is the production of and distribution of melanin.
While this doesn’t require specialized “ethnic” skincare products, it does require some special attention.
Avoid sun damage, which can lead to an ashen, mottled, or splotchy
appearance. Darker skin tones are also more prone to ingrown hairs, so take special care when shaving, waxing or plucking hair in sensitive areas.
Finally, just love yourself and who you are. Take care of the skin you’re in. Take the time to care for yourself both physically and emotionally. Some days are harder than others and sometimes we let the weight of the world bring us down.
Don’t let it!
Take the time you need to make sure you stay healthy and beautiful. Practice meditation and relaxation techniques to keep your stress levels low, practice not letting the world in, and take time every day to pamper yourself.
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