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Can Ingredients Be Your Secret Weapon to Beautiful Black Skin?

Can Ingredients Be Your Secret Weapon to Beautiful Black Skin?

Can Ingredients Be Your Secret Weapon to Beautiful Black Skin?

Can Ingredients Be Your Secret Weapon to Beautiful Black Skin?

Do ingredients hold the key to that youthful glow you seek? When it comes to product use, you bet they do! Knowing that your skin is the largest organ of your body makes it extremely important when choosing the right product/ingredient mix.

I've learned as an aesthetician, that the traditional "skin type" concept can go out the window when working with your skin. Skin type as in normal, oily, combination and dry. As many of you know, you can wake up with dry skin and by noon it's oily. Is this the result of the wrong product use? Or, are your lifestyle choices causing your skin to react and call out for help?

Your skin is the entry way into your body for all things applied to it. Therefore, the ingredients used in your products should be very carefully considered. If you're a Do-It-Yourself product creator, you'll want to really study how ingredients can beautify and sometimes harm your skin.

Two Common Skin Challenges When Caring for Black Skin

Hyperpigmentation is when you see patches of your skin or spots appearing darker in color than others. Your gift of melanin will often show signs of discoloration/hyperpigmentation. It's the nature of melanin and while a lot of you seek laser treatments or chemical peels, you could possibly magnify the challenge.

Niacinamide and turmeric are two ingredients to look for in your product list to help with this challenge.

Acne has been rising in black skin care, especially adult acne. Acne in general, is evidence of inflamed or infected sebaceous glands. In other words, too much oil. Your sebaceous glands create oil that keeps your skin moist and helps prevent infection.

The site of pimples from this overproduction of oil, can cause some of you to become pimple poppers. You get busy relieving yourself of unwanted oil build up and the result is often dark spots and blemishes.

A mask or cleanser with activated charcoal as an ingredient, has been known to help minimize the oil build up. Tea tree essential oil is another ingredient to look for when working with acne products.

What to Look for In Your Ingredient List for Black Skin Care

The list of ingredients on a label are done so by the amount. The first ingredient will be the most prominent and largest amount in the formulation, with the last ingredient being the least amount.

Water in general is a pretty safe ingredient. However, depending on the source of the water, it can contain heavy metals and become a breeding ground for bacteria, mold and fungus. If youíve tried to make any products yourself, you know this to be true.

Organic Aloe Leaf is a natural ingredient used in skin care products. For some it soothes sunburned skin and for others it works as a light moisturizer. Aloe vera is also know to contain antioxidant, enzymes, vitamin A and C and is highly anti-inflammatory. Itís been used to treat minor burns, acne and dry skin.

Essential Oils - Natural Fragrance is a term used in lots of skin care products, especially bath and body products. If itís a truly natural product, it will list the essential oils used with their generic and botanical names. If you find that the essential oil is not listed with its botanical name, itís highly possible that itís a synthetic fragrance blend. Synthetic fragrances are created to mimic essential oils.

Naturally scented products are usually more expensive because of the essential oil presence as an ingredient. Some products include both fragrance and essential oils.

Essential oils are some of the best natural ingredients you can find to care for your beautiful black skin. However, you Can Not apply these beauties directly to your skin. There are certain oils that have been used direct, however, itís better to start with a diluted oil than risk burning your skin. Yes, essential oils are that potent.

Ascorbic acid is vitamin C and acts as a superstar ingredient in many skin care products. Vitamin C helps boost collagen production providing you with firmer, more plump skin. You can also benefit from its ability to minimize fine lines and wrinkles.

Vitamin C is often used in products to brighten and even out skin tones. Serums can be the most effective way to benefit from vitamin C as an ingredient.

Shea Butter is a known staple when it comes to caring for black skin and hair. It has high concentrations of fatty acids and vitamins. Itís been used for its anti-inflammatory and healing properties. You will find it as an ingredient in facial moisturizers that are cream based as well as in its raw form. Be careful when applying the raw form to your skin. It can help with dry skin for some and create too much oil for others of you.

What to Avoid In Your Ingredient List for Black Skin Care

I wonít go into detail in this article for each ingredient but take caution when you see them listed.
  • Parabens
  • Hydroquinone
  • Formaldehyde and formaldehyde donors
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate/laureth sulfate: ammonium laureate sulphate
  • Propylene glycol
  • Nanoparticles
  • Synthetic fragrance
  • Talc

By no means is this list complete Ö

Education is the key when it comes to your beautiful black skin. Donít forget, the beauty industry is a billion-dollar industry. Your skin is only as important as the amount of dollars it can generate. That doesnít mean the ingredient list is safe. Your melanin warrants different formulations than the skin of other women. All skin is not the same and can not be treated as such.

Take your time and gather your information, so that you can make an educated decision about how to care for one of your most treasured asset: Your Skin.

That's it for this week. As always Ö

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.

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