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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
Hyperpigmentation, Why is My Complexion No Longer Beautiful
Hyperpigmentation. What’s the big deal? To someone who is challenged with uneven skin tones, dark patches and dark spots, it’s a really big deal.
Hyperpigmentation is the darkening of your skin. It occurs when your skin produces more melanin. Melanin is what gives your skin its color. More melanin production can be caused by popping pimples, using the wrong skin care products or exfoliating your skin too hard.
Too much sun can cause more melanin production. When you’re in the sun, it can burn your skin. Yes, you have a natural SPF of 15, yet the sun can cause untold damage when you take in too much of it. Especially at the height of the day.
Treatments for Hyper-pigmented Dark Skin Complexions.
The most popular, yet most controversial treatment for hyperpigmentation is hydroquinone. It is known to cause damage to your internal organs especially your liver.
It’s banned in most developing countries, although the U. S. still provides it at 2% levels over the counter and 4% levels with prescriptions. It’s the misuse of hydroquinone that has caused such a stir.
It has become the go-to product for bleaching your skin, especially in the Carribean and African countries. In the process, your health suffers. It’s a hefty price to pay just because you’ve been convinced that the lighter your skin the better you are.
Wait … there’s more
There are more natural ingredients used for evening out your skin tone. Bilberry extract, arbitun, licorice, lactic acid, sugar maple and sugar cane extracts are just a few of the natural ingredients that can help with evening out your skin tone.
These natural ingredients can be formulated into serums that will help with the process without damaging your skin. It’s extremely important for you to have a skin care regimen in place for the daily care of your skin.
Cleanse, tone, moisturize. As for a weekly add-on to enhance your regimen, serums exfoliation and masque will help nourish and nurture your skin and keep it healthy.
Melanin, Your Protector and Nourisher
As stated earlier, Melanin is what gives your skin its color. In order for your complexion to remain clear and radiant, you’ll have to feed it the right foods, internally and externally.
I won’t go into the chemical components of melanin production, as this is not a science class. However, the food you eat plays an important role in everything as it applies to the health of your skin as well as your body.
Herbs stimulate the movement of melanin in your system. Therefore, gingko, or gotu kola, damiana, eyebright, echinacea and chamomile are good herbs to have on hand.
Fresh fruits and vegetables - especially green foods - will supply you with the proper nutrients you need to nourish your melanin.
When it comes to hyperpigmentation, a wholistic approach to caring for your skin is crucial. You’ll want to incorporate a whole body system of self care to maintain beautiful skin.
Try not to scratch or over manipulate. And by all means, don’t pop pimples and don’t use tweezers trying to pull hairs from your chin. You’re doing untold damage that’s creating a problem for you down the line.
That’s it for this week. As always …
Dedicated to Your Beauty,
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