The idea that your skincare routine should be tailored to your skin type is a legitimate one, but you should be factoring in your skin tone too. It’s true that there are skin concerns that affect us all regardless of our skin tone, but darker skin can present some unique challenges.
Here are a few tips if your skin is on the darker side, and how to keep it looking in tip-top shape.
Don’t forget to slap on the sunscreen
It’s a common myth that melanin-rich skin doesn’t need protection from UV rays. In actual fact, black and deep skin tones (just like all other skin types) are susceptible to damage and the risk of skin cancer.
For a sunscreen that blends in well with deeper skin, opt for gel-based or aloe-based products and follow the instructions on the packaging.
Choose laser treatments wisely
Once upon a time, laser skin treatment was a big no-no for those with a darker skin tone because the beam targets the follicle.
Today, lasers are much more precise and sophisticated but it’s important to do your research beforehand and learn how to care for your skin post-treatment. Our top tips include using hydrocortisone to help tackle inflammation, whilst topical cream can help battle any dark spots that might strike.
Exfoliate the right way
Exfoliating is one of the bread and butter steps that should form part of any good skincare routine. Removing dead skin to promote cell regeneration will improve texture and bolster your cleansing efforts.
In the case of black skin, it’s worth opting for a gentle and nourishing product that will reduce the risk of excess irritation, which can lead to dark spots. We recommend glycolic acid, as it won’t dry out your skin.
Sleep your way to great skin
This is one for people of any skin type or colour – make sure you’re getting enough sleep folks! Fatigue can take its toll on your skin, as it doesn’t allow it to renew and restore itself. Chronic fatigue can even bring out and accentuate wrinkles, especially if you’re dehydrated too.
Some studies have shown that black skin doesn’t retain moisture as well as other skin types and with this in mind, it’s worth choosing a moisturiser that contains ingredients like hyaluronic acid to compensate.
Hyaluronic acid retains 100 times its weight in water, making it a key ingredient when it comes to keeping dry skin at bay.
Tend to acne straight ASAP
If you come across a clogged pore or pimple, nip it in the bud straight away to avoid it leading to pigmentation. Unfortunately, pigmentation can affect deeper skin tones more intensely and be more challenging to address. Catching the issue early will ensure your skin stays beautifully even.
What have we learned?
Dark and light skin both require the same level of attention to stay glowing, healthy-looking and acne-free, contrary to popular belief.
It’s worth a trip to see a dermatologist, who can help put together a tailored skin care plan for you and help you select the right products and treatments for your skin.