One of the most distinguishable characteristics we possess is our skin. Our DNA, environment, age and the overall health of our skin, creates a one-of-a-kind skin. While this individual trait is uniquely our own, it poses an ongoing challenge that many face – what is the best skin care routine for me?
With all of the variations in human skin color and health, there are an equal amount of products, ideas, and solutions for treating your skin and maintaining its overall health.
For those with more olive skin, there is a new set of challenges in regards to skincare. Unfortunately, most skincare products available to purchase in big box retail stores are formulated for individuals with lighter skin tones. For those with darker skin tones, selecting your skin care products often needs to be done a little more carefully. There are products available that are specifically created for darker skin tones from sunscreen to cleanser and moisturizer to serums.
How often should I wash my face?
Dermatologists recommend just cleansing your skin once per day if you have olive skin. Any skin, color tone aside, will be depleted of moisture if washed and cleansed too often. For those with darker skin tones, this dehydration of the skin gives the skin a bit of a chalky appearance. When selecting your cleanser, look for a more gentle cleanser that does not contain as much drying soap. The general rule of thumb is to look for something less exfoliating and more on the gentle side of cleansing.
How often should I moisturize my face?
When it comes to moisturizing, ensure that you are doing so daily. Darker skin tends to be more on the dry side, so the need to moisturize is greater for darker skin tones compared to lighter skin. If dry skin continues to persist throughout the day, graduate into applying a thicker moisturizer throughout the day, sometimes several times if needed. Moisturizers containing shea butter and coconut oil have been shown to be among the most effective for moisturizing skins with darker skin tones. A higher quality moisturizer goes a long way. Check out skin care systems like Fleuresse or Obagi.
How can I get rid of my acne?
Skin, no matter the color, is susceptible to acne. For those with darker skin tones, the best practice for treating acne is to spot treat your acne with an acne cream. Look for one that contains benzoyl peroxide for the best results. It is important that you do not cover your entire face, but rather just a selected area. The acne cream can severely dehydrate your skin, so the more sparingly you use it, the better.
If I don’t get sunburned, do I need to use sunscreen?
One of the most important aspects of skincare for darker skin is sunscreen. Yes, those with darker skin are less likely to get a sunburn due to the increased amounts of melanin in their skin. While this drastically lowers the risk of obtaining skin cancer, there is still a risk. In fact, those with darker skin are at a higher risk of being susceptible to the more deadly form of skin cancer called malignant melanoma. Many think that because they do not get a sunburn they are not at risk, but that is not the case. We are all at risk. It is important to make sunscreen a daily habit. For this who wear makeup, apply your sunscreen first then add makeup on top of that. Go beyond just putting sunscreen on your face as well. If needed, look to apply sunscreen again throughout the day to ensure you are completely protected from the sun throughout the day.