Skincare for Darker Skins

Skincare for Darker Skins

There isn t much I can say that different for darker or paler skins other than to make sure you find a skincare routine to suit your needs. Darker skins tend to be oilier than paler skins. But believe it or not darker skins can be much more sensitive to certain product ingredients. Because of this sensitivity the skins reactions can be much harsher resulting in scarring and hyper-pigmentation.

Darker or black skin contains a higher amount of melanin which has two factors. One is a natural sun protection but I will always advocate the use of a sunscreen with a minimum SPF15. The second factor is the delaying of the ageing process, resulting in much younger looking skin in later years.

Top Tips for Skincare.

Cleanse: If you have very oily skin use alcohol-free clay based cleansers to help absorb the excess oil with out stripping it from the skin and drying it out. For other skin types a face wash is sufficient. Always remove your make up in the evening.

Tone: AVOID alcohol toners, not only do they strip the acid mantle of the skin causing sensitivity they can encourage oil production. Use a hydrating mist spray instead. The mist will dampen the skin enough to hydrate it and it will soak in as the moisturiser dries.

Eye Cream: You should start using one at around the age of 25. Apply the size of a rice grain under each eye using the ring finger and let it absorb before applying moisturiser. Eye cream will keep the delicate skin around the eyes moist and hydrated too.

Moisturise: Use a moisturiser suitable for your skin type. For very oily skins look for the oil free type and avoid products containing mineral oils which clog the pores and cause blackheads.

Sunscreen: This is a daily must, apply after moisturising and before make up.

Look after your skin, damage in youth shows in later years!