Black skin does age slower than fairer or white skin.

Do not see this as a pass on adopting diligent and intentional care of your skin, because even if it might not appear so, aging still occurs.

There is very good reason the saying ‘black don’t crack’ is truly a popular and valid one. Beauty in this case, is skin deep.

So, if you belong to this age bracket (40 and above) and theres no difference in your beauty lifestyle from when you were in your 20s, then you are doing yourself and your skin a huge disservice.

Good news, its not too late. By heeding to the tips shared in this article, you will find that your true beautiful self will glow out and that you actually begin to look younger than your age.

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  1. Hydration: good old water is your best friend. The older you get, the more water you should drink to help keep your black skin supple and smooth.
  2. Vitamins: yup. Don’t joke with your vitamins. The best way to get these into your system is via fruits and vegetables
  3. Healthy Diet and Exercise: this is encouraged rather than jumping on every fad restrictive diet. A diet consisting of proteins, fats, carbs and vegetables in portions that reflect your body type and need will do wonders for your skin. Exercising not only boosts your metabolism, but encourages sweating that helps with moisturizing the skin
  4. Facial cleanser: Although having darker skin has many benefits, dark skin is often very sensitive and can react negatively to many products causing skin discolorations and hyper pigmentation. It’s best to follow a simple, regular beauty routine that starts with cleansing the skin with a mild facial cleanser intended for your skin type. Going to sleep with a dirty face can also harm the appearance of your skin. Cleansing your face each night is arguably more important than in the morning — you don’t need to use fancy products or scrub too hard. A gentle cleanser to remove dirt, makeup, and extra oil will do the trick. You don’t want to give the day’s pore-clogging irritants the chance to sink in and do damage overnight.
  5. Exfoliation is key. But do not overdo it! The skin cell turnover rate for black skin is 2.5 times faster than that of lighter skin. This means that black skin can easily starts looking dull and ashy if you do not exfoliate on a regular basis. Exfoliation will make your skin glow. After exfoliation, it is important to target any skin problems with a quality eye cream, fade cream or oil minimizer.

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6. Use Sun Screen: find a daily facial moisturizer with good SPF. This is often overlooked by dark skinned women,  because they don’t feel they are at risk of burning. The reality is that while you may not burn you do need a good SPF to prevent  skin discoloration and texture changes that are caused by sun damage.

7. Use Shea Butter: One of the best moisturizers around for dark or black skin is shea butter. It’s long been used by African  women to keep skin smooth and clear. Best in it natural unrefined form the Africa Shea butter, it is amazing for the skin. Unrefined shea butter is full of vitamins including vitamins D and E and is great for preventing wrinkles, blemishes, skin discolorations. It’s also a superb moisturizer and the perfect replacement for any expensive night cream. Just ensure you use a sunscreen first before applying if it’s a sunny day.

8. Use Essential Oils: Essential oils can play a significant role in skin care. Fresh herbs and essential oils penetrate deeply into your skin tissues to nourish, repair and restore balance to damaged skin by accelerating cell rejuvenation. Your skin will improve with time and will appear healthy while at the same time you will be supplying your skin with the natural essences it craves. Their therapeutic properties allow them to effectively assist in the treatment of everything from blemishes, burns, dry skin, and minor skin rashes.

Due to the large quantity of plant material required, pure essential oils can be expensive, but they are also highly effective – only a few drops at a time are required to achieve the desired aromatherapy results. Synthetic oils are available at a lower price, but they do not have the healing aromatherapy powers of the natural essential oils.  Always keep essential oils in dark colored glass bottles and stored in a cupboard (away from direct sunlight) in a dry, cool area in your home. Examples of such essential oils are tea tree, lavender, chamomile, clove and bergamot

9. Avoid Bleaching: so much has been said about the adverse effects of bleaching especially on health. Skin bleaching strips your skin of its natural qualities and makes you more prone to skin issues you ordinarily wouldn’t experience. If your health matters to you, its best to stop now, if you have been bleaching. If you do desire to be a tad lighter; by following the tips shared in the article will achieve a more natural and translucent glow without putting you at risk. It might be slower, but the natural long lasting effect will be better appreciated by you as you add on the years.

10. Last but not the least, SLEEP: the less you sleep, the faster your skin ages and the more challenging it is to recover from environmental factors such as sun burn. Sleep is the time when your body repairs itself. This is true for your epidermis as much as it is for your brain or your muscles. During sleep, your skin’s blood flow increases, and the organ rebuilds its collagen and repairs damage from UV exposure, reducing wrinkles and age spots.

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SOURCES:

blackdoctor.org

healthline.com

fabulousafter40.com

About the author

Kris Ero

Professionally known as The Wellness Boss, Kris is a trained wellness coach focused primarily on promoting corporate wellness. She is also a Child and Family Wellness Advocate and has appeared on several radio and tv shows. As a wellness entrepreneur, she runs several wellness initiatives. In her spare time, she loves to catch up on her reading and tv shows. An avid foodie, she seeks healthier ways of enjoying what she loves.

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