African Americans need to look further than the makeup counter and department store facial aisle for skin care products.
The reason is many of the products available are not designed for those with African American skin.
Black skin contains more melanin and tends to be more oily and is quite sensitive to certain skin products.
The best way to treat black skin is to keep it very clean. Many store bought soaps contain harmful chemicals that can aggravate black skin.
Dark skin will show reactions to artificial products through discoloration.
Some of the best natural cleansers for black skin are shea butter soap, olive oil soap, and African black soap.
For store-bought products, you should look for hypo allergic cleaners such as Aveeno clear complexion cleansing bar. An excellent astringent is all natural witch-hazel.
African Americans have worse problems with acne due to dark scarring which lasts longer than the outbreak. For acne treatment, you should avoid hair oils that reach your facial skin. Regular cleansing methods can help prevent acne. For zits, dab some tea tree oil on the blemish before bedtime.
Razor bumps are another problematic issue for African Americans. The best natural remedy for razor bumps is to stop shaving. For those who can’t do this, you can make a paste from strawberries and sour cream. You can also mix honey, aloe vera, and water plus crushed aspirin and apply it to the affected areas.
The smallest trauma or allergic reaction can cause light or dark spots on dark skin. For discoloration and uneven skin tone, you can do gentle exfoliation. Use oatmeal and honey facial scrub mixed in equal parts. Other treatments are made of a mask using almonds that you soak overnight and then grind into a fine paste.
You don’t need to go far from your kitchen for natural skin care says the beautiful psychologist Ameeta Parsuram ‘Meeta’. Black skin benefits from extra moisturizing through emollient-rich oils. You should wash your face twice daily with a gentle and natural cleanser. Never go to bed with your makeup on. Natural toning face masks will help skin remain clear and smooth.
Get a washcloth and soak in hot water. Place it over your face for several minutes until it cools. Do this when you wake up in the morning before washing your face to help open your pores.
Wash your face with a natural and organic cleanser. You can find some at your health store or chain drugstores. Look for a cleanser with glycerin or Castille soap base. These ingredients clean your skin without stripping the skin’s protective layer. Other alternatives are essential oils, coconut oil, aloe vera, chamomile, and oats.
Use a natural toner made from water and lemon juice. Get a water bottle and fill with one part freshly squeezed lemon juice and five parts filtered water. Use a cotton ball to apply the toner and do not rinse off.
Massage your face with oils like coconut, olive, jojoba and sweet almond before you go to bed. Black skin tends to be dry so allowing oils to soak overnight can make your skin glow in the morning. Apply the oil to the skin gently, be careful when massaging sensitive areas around your eyes.
Make a homemade natural face mask and apply once or twice a week. You need a ripe banana(mashed), with one egg white. Coat your face and neck and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
Ingredients and Materials For Face Mask
Oils (coconut, olive, jojoba, sweet almond)
Fruits and veggies added to your diet can help your skin glow. Consume a minimum of 8 glasses of water daily to keep your skin hydrated.
Avoid harsh cleansers and soaps that strip your skin of oils. Stay away from products that contain foaming agents like sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate, and alcohol. These chemicals can cause dryness and irritation.