By 2050, half the population in the US will be African-American, Hispanic, Asian or Native American. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about one-third of the population now has skin of color. September being National Hispanic Heritage month, we bring you the top 5 skincare tips for brown skin:
- Beautiful skin inside out– Smooth, supple, beautiful skin begins from the inside. Fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, sprouts, and lean meat portions should be your mainstay. Red meat, fatty and fried foods should be kept to the minimum. Hydrating from the inside with 7 to 8 glasses of water every day will give you healthy looking skin. Take fewer coffee breaks and sip on chilled sparkling water at a friend’s party instead of alcohol. Regular exercise; be it walking, jogging, playing with the dog or swimming will Up your ‘feel good’ factor and tone your skin.
- Simplicity goes a long way– We usually have oily or combination skin. A simple cleanse and tone ritual goes a long way to giving you healthy skin. Use a gentle, mild, non-irritable cleanser without an abrasive loofah or cleansing puff. Cleanse A.M, P.M. with an afternoon wash, especially for oily skin. Follow up with a non-abrasive, non-alcoholic toner. Being gentle is the key here – we don’t want skin melanocytes to work against our skin by using harsh cleansers, toners and techniques. Those of us with combination skin should either skip the moisturizer or only apply it where needed. Of course, as we age we do need to add a moisturizer regularly to our routine.
- Sunscreen 24X7 for all the seasons- It’s true that our melanin rich pigmentation provides a natural SPF protection of around 13, but that’s not enough to cause sun damage. Skin cancer though uncommon can be more deadly in those with darker skin. Begin your day by dabbing in a sunscreen or moisturizer with an SPF15 or 30. Remember to reapply adequate amounts when you’re in direct sunlight, at the beach or at a pool-side afternoon do. Your sunscreen should be by your side all year round. Use a wide brimmed hat or parasol too; there’s nothing wrong in taking precautions to fight sun damage.
- Hyperpigmentation woes– Ask me! The scars I’d to live with when my face was ridden with acne. Dark spots or hyperpigmentation in the form of scars, freckles and splotches is common in brown skin. Using a sunscreen regularly helps in alleviating the existing ones and from new spots from forming. One could also use a skin specific lightener or a fade product.
- Acne battle plans– If you suffer from acne do not pick n’ play with them. This leads to scarring and keloids. Treat acne with extra loving care. Wash your face two or three times a day with a gentle hand. Use cleansers and moisturizers made specifically for your skin needs. A good clay mask is a great weapon to fight mild acne. This, used once or twice a week provides deep cleaning to your skin while retaining its moisture and oil balance. Do consult a dermatologist for help in time; this will save both,your skin and money as you would be advised treatments and products specific to your condition.
How do you take care of your brown skin? Write in and let us know.