Tips and Tricks

Steps to Great Skin

All women, regardless of skin colour should follow a daily skin care routine.  This should include cleaning, moisturising and protecting.  But first you must identify your skin type. Once you have done this you can create the perfect daily skin care routine for yourself.

Black Skin Treatment – Step One –

Know Your Skin Type Do you  have dry or oily skin?  Once you know this you will be able to buy skin care products that specifically cater for your complexion.  There is a huge array of merchandise available for all skin types – dry, oily or combination skin.  If you can, try out a few skin care products in order to find the one that you feel is best for you.

An easy way to find out what type of skin you have is to cleanse your face, wait for an hour and then take a tissue and wipe your forehead, nose, cheeks and chin.

If the tissue picks up oily residue from all these areas, you have oily skin; if it picks up oil only from the forehead, nose and chin (T-zone), you have combination skin; if it picks up dry, flaky skin, you have dry skin; and if you do not find oil or flakes, you have normal skin. No matter what type of skin you have, cleansing and moisturizing twice a day is an important part of having healthy, attractive skin. Choose products that are designed for your particular skin type for maximum results.

Beyond the basic skin types, you may also have sensitive skin. Although sensitive skin is often dry, any type of skin can be sensitive. Sensitive skin is usually thin, delicate, reacts quickly to hot and cold temperatures, is easily subject to sun and wind burns and is prone to allergic reactions. Cleansers, detergents, cosmetics, alcohol-based external products and temperature changes can make sensitive skin red, dry, itchy, blotchy and even reveal surface veins.

The most favorable type of products to use on your skin are fragrance-free and non-comedogenic (non-pore clogging) with a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or more. Before using any product, it is a good idea to test it on the inside of your wrist to see if your skin has any reaction to it. Always choose mild cleansers and use a soft towel on sensitive skin.

Knowing the different skin types, and which one you have, is the first step toward choosing a skin routine that makes you look and feel your very best. You many be able to get a two in one product – one that moisturises and tones.  This not only saves you time in the morning, but can also be advantageous to your budget.

Black Skin Treatment – Step Two –

Cleaning Be gentle with our skin as it is very delicate.  Any abrasive and aggressive scrubbing could result in scratching and scarring of the skin.  Never use skin lightning products as these mess up the general make up and chemical balance of your skin, causing irreversible damage and scarring.  It is always best to accept your african roots  and therefore embrace african skin care.

Black Skin Treatment – Step Three –

Moisturing All skin types need to moisturise.  This is in order to keeep the skin fully hydrated and to restore balance.  Seek out skin care products that are specifically made for your skin type.

Black Skin Treatment – Step Four –

Sun Protection Before you ask, yes it is possible for black people to get skin damage from the sun.  Black people can also suffer from skin cancer.  Most people believe that dark skin is immune, however the melanin in the skin offers some but not complete protection.  Sun damage does occur, it is just less obvious as black people do not go red or tend to peel when sunburnt.  It is therefore recommended that you use a moisturiser and /or sunscreen with a SPF 15.

Black Skin Treatment – Final Thoughts

If you follow this simple routine, you should have beautiful black glowing skin and reduce the risk of damage cause during your everyday life.

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