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Simple Skincare Routine For African Skin

6 months ago | Lifestyle


Everyone’s skin is different, and African skin typically contains more melanin than any other skin type. As a result, the cells that produce melanin may be more susceptible to inflammation (especially from harsh weather conditions) and the effects of injury.


Some conditions the African skin may experience are eczema, acne, changes in pigmentation, dermatitis, sun damage, etc. So, what’s the perfect skincare routine to maintain your beautiful black skin?


  1. Cleanse - To keep your skin bright and free of dirt, it is recommended you cleanse twice daily - in the morning and at night (to remove the dirt, sweat and makeup accumulated during the day). Use a gentle cleanser or facial wash that does not clog your skin pores. Massage the cleanser into your palms and fingertips, and work it through your face. Then rinse off with warm water (not hot water) and pat dry with a clean towel or leave to air dry. The men are also not left out, as there are facial cleansers for men. Micellar water can also be used as a cleanser. Saturate a cotton pad with the micellar water and wipe it across your face to cleanse. Easy, peasy!


  1. Toner - Adding a toner to your skincare routine is worth it. A toner is a powerful antioxidant that helps restore the pH balance of your skin, reverse the effects of aging, remove the last traces of dirt and impurities and improve appearance by shrinking and tightening your pores.


  1. Moisturize - Another way to prevent ashiness? Using a moisturizer twice a day! To really lock in hydration, apply your face and body moisturizer right after you step out of the shower, while your skin is still damp. You should also choose a moisturizer that’s designed for your skin type. Moisturizers containing glycerin or hyaluronic acid work best. Hydrating moisturizers help give added moisture to your skin.


  1. Exfoliate - This is an important step but don’t do it too often - actually, pay attention to how your skin responds to exfoliants and let your skin take the lead. Once or twice a week is recommended for exfoliation but again, it all depends on your skin, some skin types may be able to tolerate multiple exfoliation per week. Exfoliation is of two types: 


  1. Treat Hyperpigmentation: Hyperpigmentation, or areas of skin discoloration, can affect people with any skin tone. Though sunscreen can prevent new patches of hyperpigmentation from developing, it does not get rid of existing dark spots. Products that can be used are: Retinoids, Hydroquinone (not to be used for an extended time), Vitamin C antioxidant (also reduces the appearance of aging), and Kojic acid.


  1. Sunscreen: One of the biggest beauty myths we hear is that people with dark skin tones don’t need to wear sunscreen. Totally untrue! According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, people of color can still get sunburned and develop skin cancer. So, no matter how light or dark your skin is, SPF of 30 and above, is a must. And yes, we mean every day. You can consider a moisturizer that contains SPF or a sunscreen itself for you and your kids.


Lastly, hydrate your skin from within by drinking lots of water and eating fruits and vegetables. Exercising regularly would also help keep your skin young and supple.

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