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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.
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When it comes to bronzed and beautiful skin, melanin is the key.
Melanin gives your skin its color and provides protection from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.
But melanin can also make your skin more susceptible to damage, so it’s important to take care of it properly.
1. A Good Skin Care Routine.
Your routine should be a basic one - cleanse, tone, and moisturize. This keeps your skin free from dirt and debris, and your pH level balanced as well as moisturized.
No doubt that one of the reasons your melanin rich skin is so great-looking is because of what you use topically on your skin.
You definitely want to make sure the ingredients are natural and organic. Shea butter, hyaluronic acids, vitamins C & E, aloe vera, grape seed, jojoba, and olive oils to name a few.
Chemicals will wreak havoc on your skin.
2. Use a Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen With an SPF of 30 or Higher.
Your melanin gives your an automatic SPF 15. For added protection, an SPF 30 is good to have for your daily use.
3. More Than Your Face Needs Sunscreen.
Apply sunscreen liberally and evenly, paying special attention to areas that are prone to sun damage, such as your neck, hands, and feet. You might even want to add a bit extra to the left side of your body.
Because it's known that the left side of your body gets more sun, especially if you're a U.S. driver.
In European countries, it would be the opposite.
4. Avoid the Sun During Peak Hours, Which Are Typically Between 10 am and 4 pm.
The sun is hot and blazing between 10-4, so if you must venture out protect your skin. Seek shade whenever possible.
Wear protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses.
5. Use a Lip Balm or Lipstick That Contains Sunscreen With an SPF of At Least 15.
Your lips are just as vulnerable to UV rays as the rest of your skin, so protect them with a nourishing lip balm or sunscreen lipstick.
6. Stay Hydrated.
It’s important to drink plenty of water every day because it helps keep your body functioning at its best and keeps your skin healthy and radiant.
The recommended amount is eight 8-ounce glasses per day or half your body weight in ounces. You may need more depending on your activity level and the climate you live in.
7. Eat a Healthy Diet.
A healthy diet consists of plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and healthy fats. These nutrients are essential for keeping your skin looking its best.
8. Get Enough Sleep.
Sleep is when your body heals and repairs itself, so it’s important to get enough rest. Most people need seven to eight hours of sleep per night.
If at all possible, remove the television from your bedroom. Say what?
Leaving the television on will not only subject you to the blue rays, but your subconscious will also be taking in all the programming that comes up on the screen while you're sleeping.
Think about it, you forgot to put it in sleep mode. Bram Stoker's Dracula, Carrie and Get Out have played all night.
And you wonder why you woke so tired. This is why you remove the television from your bedroom. Your bedroom has so many other wonderful uses.
9. Manage Stress.
Stress can take a toll on your bronzed and beautiful melanin-rich skin, so it’s important to find ways to manage it.
Exercise, meditation, and spending time in nature are all great ways to reduce stress.
10. See an Esthetician and Dermatologist.
If you have any concerns about your skin, it’s always best to consult a professional. An esthetician and dermatologist can help you with everything from choosing the right sunscreen to treating skin conditions.
Melanin has a way of hiding skin challenges. Seeing your dermatologist at least once a year will help you stay on top of any changes occurring in your skin. Seeing an esthetician at least three times a year will help ward off challenges as well.
When it comes to bronzed and beautiful melanin-rich skin, a little extra care is needed to keep it looking its best. By following the tips above, you can enjoy healthy, gorgeous skin for years to come.
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Dedicated to Your Beauty,