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Black Skin Care

Black Skin Care

Every day women come into my center asking me how to get their skin looking as perfect as possible.  Here are a few of the concerns I hear about most – plus my suggestions for how to take care of your skin so that it always looks it’s absolute best.

Liquid GoldAs a skin care therapist and founder of LB Skin Care and Body Work Center, I understand that, the Big Secret to Black Skin Care is having a daily regimen for cleansing, toning, exfoliating and moisturizing your skin.  Learning your skin type is extremely important to the type of skin care products you choose in caring for your skin. Though the functions of ‘skin’ in general are the same regardless of what color of skin one has, but the truth is that people with black and brown skins face different kinds of problems than that of the Caucasians. This happens because people with dark skin have more melanin. It is true that this pigment plays important roles in protecting skins from the sunshine, but it is also true that dark skin care largely differs from that of others’. However, if you are a dark skin person looking for some skin care tips, then this short writing will guide you to the perfect destination.

Exfoliate

You might have that tendency to look gray and ashy, that could be because you’ve not exfoliated your skin.  What exactly will exfoliating your skin do for you?  One of the main thing is to remove dead skin cells from the surface layer of your skin.  By gently exfoliating your skin, not only will you rid your skin of it’s dull grayness but you will see a more even toned and radiant appearance to your skin.

Toner

Toner restore the acid/alkaline balance of the skin, because they are pH balanced. Toners also assist in removing the remaining dirt that might have been missed in your cleansing process.

Moisturizer

When you think of Black Skin Care, moisturizers are one of the most important product to use on your skin.  Moisturizers remove that dull, ashy appearance on your skin that you have a tendency to get.

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I still break out every month

Hormonal fluctuations, plus stress, can add up to adult acne.  Look for cleansers that will clear out your pores without over-drying your skin.  I like ones that contain salicylic acid because the ingredient is anti-inflammatory and it helps skin shed the dead cells that can build up and clog pores.  And treat areas prone to pimples with something that will kill the acne-causing bacteria products with benzoyl peroxide is a great choice.

 

I’m starting to see some fine lines—especially around my eyes and on my forehead.

Wrinkles are caused by making the same facial expressions (like smiling and frowning) repeatedly over many years.  Other ways to help fend off fine lines include using sunscreen daily (the UV rays break down collagen which makes skin to start to sag and wrinkle) and using treatment products that contain potent anti-aging ingredients like retinol to help rebuild collagen and smooth out the skin.

I have dark spots on my face that didn’t used to be there.

Dark spots on your skin can result from different situations.  The inflammation of acne breakouts can activate melanin, so that even when the blemish is gone, a mark can be left behind.  During pregnancy or sometimes when taking the pill, the extra estrogen in your body can make your pigment cells more sensitive to sunlight, resulting in a brown or tan skin discoloration called melisma.  First of all, you need to wear sunscreen with an SPF 30 every single day.  I know, you’re saying my dark skin doesn’t burn, why do I need sunscreen?  Whether you burn or not, the sun’s UV rays are still penetrating into your skin and killing off collagen and messing with your melanin production.  So protecting your skin from the sun is the number one way to prevent brown spots.  To help get rid of existing spots topical treatments may be your best bet, look for products that contain ingredients such as arbutin and kojic acid or use lasers and chemical peels to treat hyperpigmentation.

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In addition to regular skin care products, facials are beneficial for looking younger longer. Most everyone washes their face and uses a lotion for moisturizing every day. Soaps and lotions can build up in the skin pores and leave the skin in worse health than it was before using the soap or moisturizer. Facials are a good way to maintain a healthy balance in the skin. Your face is exposed to elements in the air and daily skin hazards. Facials can be a relaxing way to rejuvenate the skin and maintain a healthy looking glow.


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