As we already know, each skin is unique and needs specific care. People with black skin often share certain characteristics in the structure of the skin. If we know them, they can help us improve their care and know how to choose the perfect cosmetic. Do you know how to take care of your skin? Don't miss this post!
The general care of black skin is not too far from that of lighter skins, although there are certain nuances:
▪ Cleanse your skin with neutral soaps, appropriate to the pH of the skin.
▪ Moisturize your face. Normally, coloured skin tends to be more oily, but this does not mean that we should not moisturize it. In fact, one of the most common problems is dehydration, as we will develop later.
▪ Use sunscreen. Colored people have far superior natural UV protection due to a large amount of melanin (the pigment that colors the skin), which makes the skin more protected from the sun's rays. However, this does not mean that sunscreen should not be used.
The cornea layer of darker skins is usually denser. Therefore, the barrier function is less effective and dehydrates more easily. This can lead to flaking and a greyish appearance, especially in the winter season. In fact, coloured skin is more sensitive to extreme climates.
In order to maintain hydration in skins with a higher level of fat, it is necessary to avoid products rich in oils and instead opt for active ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid, which provides hydration without providing excess fat.
The cells that produce melanin are also more reactive to inflammation and certain types of skin lesions. For this reason, problems of depigmentations or hyperpigmentations are more frequent, especially around the eyes and corners of the mouth.
Pregnant women may notice melasmas (dark spots on the cheeks, forehead, and lips) during the gestational months that tend to disappear after childbirth.
Other problems that cause skin depigmentation are skin lesions caused by acne or keloids.
For alterations in skin pigmentation, Vitamin C is especially recommended. Vitamin C is a great antioxidant that helps to eliminate skin spots and give an illuminating effect.
TIP LESIELLE: If you have spots on your skin, don't forget to use sun protection in your treatment.
Acne is another of the most common black skin problems. If this is your case, don't hesitate to add Salicylic Acid to your treatment as it exfoliates the skin, cleansing pores and preventing new blemishes. In addition, it will help pigmentation problems and blemishes by unifying skin tone.
Keloids are lesions of the skin formed by exaggerated growths of scars that are generated as a result of injuries on the face, such as bumps, cuts or scratches.
TIP LESIELLE: If you notice cystic hair (or Razor Bumps) when shaving, exfoliate your face with products containing Salicylic Acid.
On a cosmetic level, there is not the ideal product for all people because although some share certain characteristics, they will also have particular differences. Here is an example of a treatment for a person with black skin that has all the most common characteristics and problems mentioned above:
Base for oily skin: Specific for oily skin, it will provide the right hydration you need. Active Vitamin C: Matches the tone and helps to diminish the spots of the face. In addition, it is a powerful antioxidant that prevents aging.
Active Hyaluronic Acid: To provide extra hydration without providing excess oil in the case of excessively dehydrated skin.
Retinol Active: This is the anti-aging par excellence. In addition, one of its properties is to unify the tone of the face.
Salicylic Acid Active: helps acne-prone skin and eliminates excess pigmentation of surface cells. It will also help after shaving to remove hair without creating razor bumps.
A treatment for every skin, #AdaptiveSkincare