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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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Facial cleansers for African American skin? When it comes to your skin, a lot of you have placed more importance on your hair than your skin. Oftentimes it’s not until there's a breakout, skin discoloration, oiliness or dry skin, that brings it top of mine. This is when it becomes important for you to take care of your skin.
Your skin should be addressed first. A lot of us have been taught that it's okay to use soap on our faces. Using soap will depend on the condition of your skin. For most African American women, soap will dry out your skin. The exception becomes when you are caring for excessively oily skin.
When working with excessively oily skin, black soap or oatmeal-based soaps have been used to help minimize the oil. However, it should be understood that soap in general can be extremely drying to your skin. What's not disgusted a lot in classes, forums or discussion groups, is that your skin is more sensitive than any other skin on the planet.
Caring for African American skin is an ongoing learning process. And it begins with your facial cleanser. The cleanser or the type of cleanser used, is often determined after a visit to your esthetician.
When you visit your esthetician, who is going to be performing a facial or your dermatologist who is treating you for some type of skin challenge, it's at this time that you learn what's known as your skin type. By the way, your skin type can change every few years.
Typically, you will be given a generic structure. For instance, normal, dry, oily, or combination. I know, some people say their skin type is acne or sensitive. No! Acne, eczema and sensitive are conditions of your skin.
Treating the condition of your skin is just as important as treating your type of skin. Why? Because the product mix will change.
However, when it comes to cleansers you want to always make sure that your cleanser is one that's going to remove dirt or pollution build up from the day's griminess that may come from your work environment. Your cleanser has to work to help remove any of those elements that have come into your sphere.
As we take a look at cleansers we're going to talk about cleansers that can be used on normal, dry, oily and combination skin.
Cream-based facial cleansers don't have harsh ingredients. And one of the best facial cleansers for African American skin or dark complexions is a green tea cream-based cleanser. The thing about green tea, is that when it comes to caring for your skin, it’s known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. When used on mature skin, green tea, especially in a cream base formula, helps nurture and nourish your skin.
As quiet as it's kept, women in Asia have been using green tea as a beauty aid on their darker complexions. Yes, there are dark Asians and they’ve been using green tea to help them to look younger for hundreds of years.
When you are using green tea in a cream base cleanser, it's also important to know that one of the properties that green tea is known for, is helping to fight sun damage which is an antioxidant component. It is also known to help kill bacteria that can often set up fungus and destroy your skin cells.
The thing about a cream-based cleanser is that it's not invasive. You apply it as if it were a lotion or cream or serum and remove it with a warm cloth or sponge. Yet all of the ingredients or the components that surround the green tea in a cleanser, work together to help do the job.
That job is to cleanse your face, remove dirt, debris and pollutants that you picked up throughout the day. The good thing about cream-based cleansers is that they're not invasive. Yes, I said it again. They don’t scratch, scrape or break the skin. When that happens, it's typically because you're scrubbing your skin as if it were a pot and you're using a Brillo pad or a scrub pad. You're applying too much pressure. In general a cream base cleanser that has green tea in it will not scratch, scrape or scar your skin.
When choosing a facial cleanser for African American skin, that's what you want. A cleanser that will do what it's supposed to do, as in cleansing and removing dirt and debris without damaging your skin
When it comes to oily/acne challenged skin, you might want to choose a different type of cleanser. One that deals more with controlling and minimizing the oil in your skin. This brings to mind activated charcoal. However, if you're using the activated charcoal and it's not in a base that's going to be one that nurtures and nourishes your skin, it will in essence, begin to pull and soak up your natural oils and moisture from your skin. That's not what you want.
You'll want to make sure that it's surrounded by what’s often referred to as other Superstar ingredients. Ingredients like organic jojoba seed oil, vegan DMAE, hyaluronic acid, even essential oils. These supporting ingredients will balance out the activated charcoal and can in essence allow you to use a product daily. Activated charcoal can bring more damage than good to your skin when used the wrong way. It will strip all of the natural oils from your skin.
Even if it’s oily.
Acne is a condition that’s brought on by excessively oily skin. As such, if you are looking for a cleanser you’ll want one that's going to help with acne breakouts as well as the oily skin. This is where activated charcoal with the right supporting ingredients can help you with both challenges the oily skin and the acne.
When looking for a facial cleansers for African American skin, it's important to know that not only are you purchasing cleansers to clean your skin. Try one of our Sample Kits. They contain great cleansers for all skin types and conditions. It's a great way to invest in a skin care routine before you scale up to full sizes.
That's it for this week,