When it comes to black skin care, simple face washing and moisturizing just wont do. African American skin needs more attention because of the various conditions that are prominent in the black community such as eczema and acne. To effectively protect your skin while promoting a healthier appearance, consider the following tips for black skin care:
Eat a diet rich in Omega 3 fatty acids (Trout, Salmon, Tuna and Herring). Couple that with drinking plenty of water and your skin will be more hydrated and supple. Drinking water alone will not keep your skin hydrated from the inside. Omega 3 is required. If you don’t like fish, consider taking a daily supplement of Omega 3.
To combat severely dry, cracked skin, exfoliate first and then moisturize. This will yield better results. Before applying a moisturizer, you must get rid of old/dead cells, which can no longer be moisturized.
Black people tend to have dryer skin during the winter months due to being exposed to harsh outdoor temperatures and then indoor heat. This is a real problem at night when you lose the most moisture. Turn down the heat indoors and use a humidifier in your bedroom to add moisture back into the air.
Opt for using a cream moisturizers or body balm versus a lotion based moisturizer if your skin is severely dry. Creams prevent your moisture from evaporating.
When purchasing a moisturizer, be sure to check the ingredient label. For your moisturizer to be effective, it MUST have water as the first ingredient followed by an oil which will help seal in the moisture without clogging the pores. Avoid mineral oil and petroleum as these only sit atop of the skin and cause your pores to be blocked.
Last but certainly not least, make sure you are following a daily regimen for your skin type: Oily, Dry, Normal, Combination or Sensitive.
Effective ethnic skin care does not come without cost. Environmental factors, bad habits and the natural aging process can keep you from looking your best. By following these tips for black skin care, you will greatly improve your naturally beautiful black appearance.