Protecting Your Beautiful Black Skin
Everyone is beautiful but black is exceptionally beautiful. – Adedoyin Sowemimo
Caring for your skin is good business as it brings in excellent returns. Although, obtaining a flawlessly beautiful looking skin would cost a little, depending on individuals knowing that what applies for Joan might not necessary work for Jane. I mentioned cost and I am certain your thought lingers much on money; yes it is also needed, but it goes beyond spending money. You would have to practice a daily regimen faithfully, these are:
- Avoiding the sun: Practice keeping out of the sun to prevent skin damage or disease except for the morning sun that gives vitamin D. Although, blacks have a dark brown pigment in their skin called melanin, which curtails the need to sunbathe or use tanning beds as it is with whites.
- Washing: Do I need to say much here? Taking a bath two to three times daily with bath soap or gel that suits you, considering your skin type (dry, oily, sensitive and normal), is a non-negotiable. Wash your face with natural and organic cleansers. Look for those with glycerin or castille soap base that cleans without stripping the skin’s protective acid mantle. Other ingredients that are cleansers include nourishing oils –coconut, aloe vera, lemon, chamomile and oats.
- Moisturising: Keeping the skin moisturised is extremely important to blacks as it minimises itching and scratching, also the skin can often become dry and itchy or take on a white “ashy” appearance. Maintain the use of lotions or oils that work best with your skin type. You might need to do a skin type test as well as try out creams to know which would suit you. Make sure to avoid creams with hydroquinone as it inhibits the formation of melanin in the skin, lightens the skin, damages pigment cells, causes skin irritation and dermatitis. Ingredients in moisturisers you should look out for, which are soothing include nourishing oils –coconut, olive, shea butter, sweet almond and jojoba.
- Exfoliating: Exfoliating involves the removal of the dead skin cells on the skin’s outermost surface. I would advise the use of natural exfoliators for your body and face because it uses natural ingredients and usually helps to control oiliness, pimples, scars and leaves the skin smoother. Before exfoliating, it is important that you clean the skin to remove makeup or any other products that you have on it. Recipes for natural exfoliation:
For the face – mix and apply 2-tablespoons of brown sugar, 1-egg white, 1-tsp. lemon juice.
For the body – mix and apply 1-cup of cornmeal, ½-cup of coconut cream, ½-teaspoon of orange essential oil and ½-teaspoon chamomile oil.
Allow it for five to ten minutes and finish with a cold rinse. If you have a dry or thin skin, exfoliate once a week. For oily or combination skin types exfoliate two to three times a week.
- Eating right: I would start with the saying “you are what you eat”. You might not know but what you eat reflects on your skin, therefore the need to review your diet. Eat healthy and drink at least eight 8-oz. glasses of water daily. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, proteins and whole grains will keep your skin beautiful. The following list of foods will definitely do the job as they are rich in potassium, healthy fatty acids, minerals, copper, antioxidants and vitamins A, B, C & E, apples, avocados, banana, sweet potatoes, watermelon, carrots, liver, apricot, pawpaw, hazelnuts, spinach, cucumber, tuna, beef, cod, chicken, turkey, whole grains, beans and eggs. They restore damaged skin cells, improve the skin texture, and maintain moisture in the epidermal layer of the skin.
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