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Natural Skin Care for Women of Color

Natural Skin Care for Women of Color

Natural Skin Care for Women of Color

Natural Skin Care for Women of Color

Every one of you deserves a skin care regimen that enhances the natural tone and radiance of your skin. Whether your skin is ebony or fair, dry or oily, there are certain nuances to skin care for women of color that differ from Caucasian women. From blemishes to being "ashy", black women go through skin changes with each season.

You gain your richly colored skin tone from high levels of melanin in your skin. Women with dark skin have higher levels of melanin, yes, worth repeating. Women with lighter skin tones have moderate or low levels of melanin in their skin.

However, melanin has its own unique set of advantages as well as disadvantages that you, as a women of color must consider when developing your skin care regimen.

Some of the common skin care issues for women of color are:

Hyperpigmentation: When rich levels of melanin are present in your skin, you can deal with dark spots that come from acne scars or other scarring. Since melanin is highly reactive, you may also experience hyperpigmentation in response to certain medications, including birth control.

Eczema: The National Institute of Health studies say that there is a higher prevalence of eczema among people of color than eczema among Caucasians. Eczema is a condition that causes extremely dry skin that is often treated with cortisone or other steroid treatments.

Eczema can also be treated naturally with a good moisturizing butter that will help ease the dryness as it penetrates into the deeper levels of your skin. Cocoa butter, Shea butter and mango butters provide an excellent solution to those of you that are challenged with eczema, especially when you find it in one product.

Seasonal Changes: The bitter cold of winter and the harsh rays of summer can affect any skin type. With enough heat, normal skin becomes oily. And in the right conditions, your skin can become dry. It's important for you as women of color to recognize what your skin needs, whether it is spring, summer, fall or winter.

Healthy Diet: If you want beautiful skin, hair and nails, a healthy diet is a must. A diet rich in vegetables, fruits and lean proteins can make a tremendous difference in your skinís health. Green foods are the life blood of your nutritional program. Kale, broccoli, spinach and romaine lettuce are great staples for a healthy eating regimen.

Greasy and fatty foods can make your skin look dull and cause oily skin, acne and other skin problems. Even if you have the perfect skin care regimen, the wrong kind of foods can influence your skin's health.

Water: Water is vital if you want clear, healthy skin. Keep your skin hydrated by drinking the recommended eight glasses of water each day. Lots of water will keep your skin looking moist and supple.

Cleanser: Finding the right cleanser will depend on your skin type. If you haven't found much success in generic products, that's because most mass-produced skin care products are not designed for women of color.

When you're cleansing your skin, it's important to be gentle. Sometimes exfoliating cleansers and products can be too harsh and end up damaging your skin, more than helping.

Moisturizer: Choose a moisturizer with ingredients such as hyaluronic acid or Shea butter. These ingredients bring the moisture to your skin without the oily look and feel.

While high levels of melanin in your skin can have its disadvantages, keep in mind that melanin is also what keeps dark skin looking younger and healthier longer.

Melanin also reduces risk of skin cancer, though as black women you must be careful to protect your skin from sun exposure with use of sunscreen and facial lotions with an SPF-15 or higher.

If you're having trouble creating your perfect skin regimen, be sure to see an esthetician who can help you find the right skin care products and regimen for you.

As always ...


Dedicated To Your Beauty,

Juliette Samuel,
Esthetician/Author/Publisher

Nyraju Skin Care

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As women and a growing number of men of color, what's your greatest skin care challenge? Whether it's dark spots, uneven skin tone, dark circles,puffiness under your eyes or hair that won't grow, you'll find a product that can possibly become the solution to your challenge.

Moisturizers and ingredients that hydrate your skin will always be your best friend, for your face, body and hair. So look for products with nourishing and nurturing ingredients. Shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter and jojoba oils are a few of the ingredients to keep on your list.

We've got new additions to our store for you. Essential oils have been known to help calm and soothe skin and scalp irritations. Although you'll find a sample kit on the hair category page, you can use them for any of your skin and hair care needs.

The hair care sample kit has been given an upgrade. We've increased the size of the container on the shampoo and conditioners and added a hair butter sample to the mix.

Although there's beauty in your blackness, your skin is sensitive and needs protection from the sun just like everyone else. So if you know you're challenged by sunburn, add a few drops of Lavender essential oil to Jojoba and Grapeseed Oil and create a nice body oil for yourself. It will bring comfort and beauty back to your skin.

We're listening to you and your suggestions, so keep an eye on the category pages and your emails for updates.

Until next time ...

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