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What's your greatest skin care challenge?
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.
Until next time ...
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Are You Looking for The Best Ingredients for Black Skin Care?
Looking for the best ingredients for black skin care? Why ingredients? They will determine how your product performs. Say your challenge is dry skin. You’ll want a moisturizer or serum that has an ingredient that attracts moisture and deeply penetrates into your skin. Therefore, you'd want to see hyaluronic acid as one of the top five ingredients.
Speaking of top five ... the top five ingredients are the ones found in the highest percentage in your products. So they form the base and all other ingredients play a supporting role. When you see an essential oil listed and it's not in the top five, it's okay. Essential oils are volatile, yet potent and you don't need a lot of them in a formulation to get results.
So, What Do You Look For and What Do You Avoid in Ingredients?
To answer this question you must know your skin, intimately. In general, we are lovers of oils. They glide on smoothly making our skin feel soft as a baby's bottom. That's great for the part of your body from your neck down.
Your face, however, should not be slathered with "a lot" of oils. Can you use oils on your face? Yes you can, in moderation. Since I'm referencing oils, let's start here.
What oils do you look for as part of an ingredient list for black skin care?
If your challenge is acne, psoriasis or eczema, you would look for argan or nigella oil as an ingredient.
For maturing skin, argan, avocado, carrot seed, jojoba, moringa, marula or pomegranate should be on the ingredient list.
For natural UV protection, avocado, coconut, meadow foam, sesame or Shea butter should be on your list.
There was a time when oils were the go-to product for cleansing, especially your face. However, other inhabitants of the earth didn't understand hygiene in general. So, as they learned to clean themselves up, soap and water became their method of doing so.
This very practice is one of the reason's there are so many skin challenges. The ingredients used to make soap can be extremely drying to your skin. It will literally strip the natural oils from your it.
You feel squeaky clean after your hot soap and water bath or shower, yet your skin can often will feel tight and dry. Your go-to product … an oil or butter based solution to relieve the dryness.
What moisturizing ingredients to look for in black skin care?
Hyaluronic acid is one of the many ingredients to look for in black skin care products. It's often found in serums and moisturizers. It's a natural substance that already exist in your body. It's a substance that your body uses to keep your skin and connective tissues lubricated, strong and healthy.
You'll often find hyaluronic acid in products that are geared to dry, mature or dehydrated skin.
Looking for Great Ingredients in Cleansers?
Green tea should definitely be on the list for the best black skin care cleansers. It's known to fight premature aging. Is said to reduce redness and irritation and it's great for acne challenged skin. Did I mention that it will help in moisturizing your skin?
When used as an extract in a cream based cleanser, it's very effective in removing dirt and debris from your skin without stripping it of its natural oil.
What do you avoid ?
Avoid ingredients like alcohol (especially in the first five positions), synthetic fragrances, petroleum (some of you will have a problem with this one), hydroquinone, coal tar, formaldehyde and heavy metals.
When you work with a list of ingredients known to better the care of your beautiful black skin, you'll see greater results.
Can't leave without mentioning nutrition …
The health and beauty of your skin begins with what you eat. Your body has a way of talking to you and telling what's working and not working form within.
You can have all the right ingredients in your skin care products. However, if you don't eat to maintain the health of your organs, blood, bones, arteries … you get the picture, no product you use is going to give you the skin you desire long term.
That being said , eat your green foods, drink half your body's weight in water, cut way back on the sugar, bread and starches in general. Start here, and your skin will thank you for it.
That's it for this week. As always …
Dedicated to Your Beauty.