For women especially, beauty is something that we obsess about. Maybe you have seen Iman and wondered how you can get your skin to look as beautiful as hers especially at her age. Or Gabrielle Union’s skin, Halle Berry’s and so on. By following the beauty tips for beautiful black skin discussed below, you too can have the skin you have always wanted by working with not against what you have.
Although most celebrities have “beauty teams” including makeup artists, hair stylists, easy access to exclusive cosmetics, etc, there are several tried and true beauty secrets that will work for anyone who is seeking to have more beautiful skin whether you are dealing with sensitive skin, oily skin, hyperpigmentation, etc.
There are many harmful beauty practices that are damaging black skin such as skin bleaching and other harmful chemicals as well as poor diet, and eliminating these harmful practices is the beginning of having beautiful skin.
If you have a poor diet, it will be shown in your skin. When you start properly nourishing your body by following a beauty diet, your skin will start to glow and you will not be as dependent on beauty creams and makeup for your skin to look beautiful.
A proper beauty diet includes nutrient rich foods containing high quality proteins, healthy carbs and good fats such as omega 3 fatty acids contained in salmon for instance. Beauty foods are also rich in beauty enhancing vitamins such as vitamin C and E, minerals, antioxidants and phyto chemicals.
Finally, beauty food should be fresh, organic, unrefined and high in fiber to be the most beneficial to you body, skin, hair and nails. Drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water to remain properly hydrated.
The one biggest misconception relating to black skin is that “black don’t crack”. It does crack. Black skin has a high content of melanin which provides some sun protection of about SPF 13 which is not enough to protect against the suns damaging rays.
It is important that you use a sunscreen containing an SPF of between 15 to 30 and more if you spend a lot of time outdoors. Sunscreen should be applied on a daily basis rain or shine. Lack of sun protection will lead to sun damage as well as premature aging.
If you suffer from acne, depending on the severity, you can get a prescription for topical retinol products such as Retin-A which work by increasing cell turnover and stimulating the body’s natural collagen production. Over the counter beauty products to treat and manage blemishes and acne usually contain salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. For those with sensitive skin, products containing alpha and beta hydroxy should be used instead.
Another problem that affects black skin is hyperpigmentation. This occurs because of the high melanin content of black skin and represents the dark marks left over from acne and blemish scars that have healed. The high melanin content is the reason that most women are plagued with uneven skin tone at a greater rate than those with fairer skin.
To fade these dark marks, it is important to use sunscreen on a daily basis so than the sun’s damaging raise do not exacerbate the problem. Prescription strength combination hydroquinone is usually prescribed to even out spots over time however, it is important that you check with a dermatologist to ensure that you are not sensitive to hydroquinone. Hydroquinone abuse is also common in the harmful skin bleaching practice.
There are also various other skin creams that address uneven skin tone that you can get over the counter and do not contain hydroquinone that work just as well as prescriptions.
The basic skincare regimens should be followed and includes cleansing twice a day, moisturizing for you particular skin type (oily, combination/normal, dry or sensitive) otherwise black skin will tend to look ashy, exfoliation once or twice a week and sun protection to prevent wrinkles and skin cancer. If you have oily skin you can add a skin toner or astringent two to three times a week. A toner is usually unnecessary for most skin types.