Pride’s Top 8 Black Skin Secrets
1) Sunscreen Is A Must
The sun is the single biggest factor for damaged skin – whether this is in the form of premature ageing, hyper pigmentation, melasma or solar lentigo its essential that skin is protected from the sun. While wrinkles may not be a major issue for black skin hyper pigmentation is – so if you want your skin to remain even in colour then protect with a SPF of at least 30, stay out of the sun during peak times, use cover up like hats (this will also protect your tresses too) and re apply your sun screen regularly.
2) Hyperpigmentation Can Be Treatable Safely
There are many reasons why women suffer from hyperpigmentation such as acne, lazer surgery, pregnancy or oral contraceptive use. Since black skin pigment easily this skin type is more prone to scaring and hyperpigmentation. In order to combat that the surface needs to be safely removed with gentle peels and topical treatments specifically made for darker skin.
3) Skip Super Hot Showers
Those lovely long hot showers you like in the morning and/or evening may feel amazing after a long day but it’s drying the hell out of your skin in the process. Try decreasing your water temperature to lukewarm. Also always use a creamy moisturizing shower gel or cleansing bars to ensure skin remains hydrated.
4) Think Skin Type Not Skin Colour
While black skin has it’s difference to Caucasians – your day-to-day regime should actually be dictated more by skin type than your colour. Dry skin, oily skin, sensitive, acne, clogged pores and eczema all share the same concerns and require similar products.
5) Stress Less
Feeling stressed is another major factor in lacklustre and misbehaving skin. This is because stress causes your body to produce cortisol and other hormones that tells your sebaceous glands to produce more oil which means more breakouts. Also skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema are also worsened by being feeling stressed.
6) Use Mineralize Make Up
Skin that is allowed to breath regularly will always look better then those constantly languishing under a layer of make up. Of course everything is about balance so rather then going tee total try alternating your normal base with a mineralize one or swapping it all together (particularly in summer) – you will be less likely to break out and your skin will look more youthful as a result.
7) Go Natural
It’s easy to spend tons of money on products and end up with a bathroom full of skincare that doesn’t really do much for you. However some of the best products for black skin are grown from the earth. Shea Butter is amazing for hydrating and protecting black skin and hair while black soap, olive oil, aloe vera juice are just some of the ingredients that can naturally rejuvenate your skin.
8) Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Trust us when we say there is no better way to get flawless skin then through thoroughly hydrate your body with H20 – approx. 2 litres a day to be precise. The reason is not only does it flush out all the bad (spot inducing) toxins, its refreshes and revitalizes you skin also far better then any topical product can!