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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 ...
Dedicated To Your Beauty
Dark-skinned Beauties: Do You Really Need a Sunscreen?
If you're caring for African American skin, do you really need a sunscreen? The short answer is ‘yes’, but before we address that conclusion, let’s examine the basic science behind protecting your skin.
UVA and UVB Rays The sunlight that reaches the Earth’s surface consists of two types of harmful rays: long wave ultraviolet A (UVA) and short wave ultraviolet B (UVB). Concerns about the erosion of the earth’s protective ozone layer also reinforce the increasing need to protect against these rays.
UVA rays account for 95% of all UV radiation and penetrate the skin more deeply than UVB rays. UVA rays cause skin aging (photoaging), age spots and wrinkling, and - more insidiously – play a major part in the initiation and worsening of skin cancer. UVA rays are present with equal intensity regardless of location, time of year – and they can penetrate clouds and glass.
UVB rays are more intense than UVA rays and in addition to activating photoaging, its rays are associated with burning. The intensity of UVB rays varies by season, location and time of day, and rays do not significantly penetrate glass. Most dermatologists advise that the most damaging UVB rays occur between 10am and 4pm.
Skin Cancer Concerns Black and dark-skinned people are significantly less likely to develop skin cancer than their fair-skinned or white counterparts. According to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC), in 2012, 16 in 100,000 white females developed skin cancer, compared to only 1 in 100,000 black females. However, when a skin melanoma (a cancerous tumor) is discovered in African-Americans (typically on the head or neck), it is often more advanced and/or fatal because the patient is more likely to not have been a sunscreen user. That's a good reason to make sunscreen for black skin a priority.
Sunscreen Ratings Sunscreens are classified by an SPF number. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor; the number refers to the cream’s ability to deflect UVB rays only, and is calculated by comparing the amount of time needed to burn sunscreen-protected skin versus unprotected skin. The best sunscreens are defined as being Broad Spectrum sunblocks, which means they effectively protect against both UVA and UVB rays.
Most dermatologists agree that because of their greater melanin levels, African-Americans and other dark-skinned peoples have a natural in-built SPF13.4 protection (paler whiter skin has about 3.4), with everyone else fitting somewhere along the spectrum. However, no-one’s natural SPF is enough to ward off skin damage so black people, generally, should wear at least a SPF 15 sunscreen daily.
Black Skin Care: Choosing a Sunscreen If you're selecting sunscreen for black skin, here are four key questions to ask.
Ultimately, we black women (folk) should embrace sunscreen use as a two-pronged strategy: to ward off skin cancer, but more importantly, as part of our anti-aging/beauty routine to love and protect that beautiful dark skin we’re in.
That's it for this week. As always ...
Dedicated to Your Beauty,