It’s easier to maintain dark skin compared to lighter skin tones. When I say dark skin, I mean African, Asian, and Latin Americans. Because it can withstand harsh conditions any day and anytime. And with this in mind, a lot of people make a lot of mistakes which is detrimental to their skin’s health. I will be sharing with you the cosmetics do’s and don’ts for dark skinned individuals.
Do use sunscreen with Avobenzone.
Dark skin doesn’t burn, but that doesn’t mean it won’t age. 95% of premature aging is caused by UV rays (did you get that? 95%….) To avoid that you need to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 and above. If you use a sunscreen with Titanium Dioxide or ZnO as the UV filter, it leaves a white cast on your face i.e it won’t blend in with your skin color. To avoid looking like a ghost, go for sunscreens with Avobenzone as the UV filter because it doesn’t leave a white hue on your face. It is safe to use compared to oxybenzone, octinoxate sometimes seen as Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate on the ingredient list which are known as hormone disruptors.
Don’t pick on your zits.
Whenever I see a pimple on my face,I get this special anxiety to pop it, and only then will I have a peace of mind. But what’s the result? A scar that turns black and sticks around for a very long time (sighs……) Too bad. But as time goes on I try to work on my anxiety. I don’t carelessly touch my face to feel how big it has grown. I use a hot compress. What’s a hot compress? It’s simply deeping a small towel in warm or hot water, squeeze out the excess water and press it on your pimple. Hold for a minute or so. Repeat several times a day, it will break on Its own, heal, and won’t leave a dark spot. The nub of the matter is that, dark-skinned fellas produce more melanin which gives the scars a very dark color especially when exposed to sunlight.
Don’t use hydroquinone for skin bleaching.
The cheapest skin bleaching ingredient in the beauty industry is hydroquinone. Since it’s cheap, a lot of people use it to clear dark spots. Hydroquinone is a strong skin lightening ingredient which has serious side effects. It is a carcinogen i.e cancer-causing agent. It also thins out the skin making it vulnerable to all sorts of injuries that can be difficult to heal. Ochronosis is a skin disorder that leaves dark patches on the skin due to prolonged use of hydroquinone. This happens to individuals with a good amount of melanin. If you are one, avoid using hydroquinone. Go for products with ingredients like alpha arbutin, kojic acid, licorice extracts, bearberry extracts, azelaic acid.
Beauty from the inside out. You need to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Fruit juices and vegetables are good also. Don’t replace water with alcohol or soda,I didn’t say you should forsake them completely, a little will do.
Hair removal by laser.
Hair removal by laser has been a gamble for women of color. Because it works by targeting the melanin in the hair follicle. The pigment in the hair follicles absorbs the light from the laser and converts it to heat. The hair follicle is damaged significantly enough to retard hair growth. Since it targets the dark pigment in the hair, it tends to be confused when it comes to individuals with darker skin tones. It s difficult to focus on its bull eye. Since heat is involved, it damages the melanin layer and causes inflammation thus, exacerbating pigmentation issues. However, there are improvements in the machines now. Specific machines designed for darker skin tones. They don’t cause burns, scars or PIH. One of these is the Nd:Yag laser. Always enquire and see a certified practitioner.
Be glad you have dark skin.
Dark skin ages well. With a working skincare routine, life seems fun. People ask, why is it that dark skin doesn’t age quickly? Because dark-skinned fellas tend to have thicker skin and most times oily, and that prevents dryness and wrinkle formation. So, to all the dark-skinned fellas out there….. CHEERS.