The amount of melanin in your skin determines your skin tone, the more melanin you have in your skin, the darker your skin complexion. Melanin body types have greater sun tolerance than light skinned people but you have to take proper care of your black skin so you can keep looking your best because if not, signs of skin damage can show up.
For our melanin popping brothers and sisters, here are 5 steps to care for your skin. Care for your skin perfectly so you can have the flawless look at all times.
Step 1: Moisturize your skin daily. Black skin tends to be dry and often appearing ashy when overly dry so a lubricating facial moisturizer that contains humectants is ideal for black skin. Humectants attract water, keeping your skin soft and supple and if your skin is oily, choose an oil-free cleanser that won’t clog your pores.
Step 2: Wash your skin daily with a moisturizing body wash. “Look for ingredients such as glycerin, urea, hyaluronic acid or dimethicone. Apply the body wash with a clean washcloth or shower puff, use a separate facial cleanser in the morning and at night to remove cosmetics and keep your pores clear.
Step 3: Scrub skin with a gritty substance to remove the dead surface layer. Black skin is prone to roughness and bumps, caused by a buildup of dead skin cells. If your skin is dry or thin, exfoliate once a week. Oily or combination skin types should exfoliate two to three times a week. An exfoliation cream or shower loofah can help make skin smoother.
Step 4: Protect your skin from the sun with every day sunscreen especially if you’re going to be stepping out into the sun with an SPF of 15 or higher. You should also be informed that because your skin is dark does not mean that the sun is harmless. Infact according to research, black skin is not immune to wrinkling and skin cancer.
Step 5: Eating healthy and drinking at least eight 8-oz. glasses of water every day, healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, proteins and whole grains will keep your skin glowing from the inside out.
Tips: If you know you have a sensitive face, choose a moisturizer specifically designed for the skin on your face, and use a separate cream for your body. At least, working out 30 minutes daily will also help to keep your skin healthy and toned. You should know and learn to avoid shortcuts into caring for your skin plus don’t try and be someone else. Bleaching shouldn’t be an option at all. Don’t try to be someone else by copying their skin tone because yours is as sweet as perfect.