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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
Mature Black skin naturally. It’s a common saying that growing old is a blessing, and there’s a lot of truth to this saying. However, when we begin to age, we oftentimes find it hard to see the blessing in it. Why? Because we are worried about how our skin looks.
Let’s face it, there’s no way to prevent or avoid aging. So, what do we do? We have to look it squarely in the face, so to speak. We don’t have to succumb to all the effects aging has on our skin.
We also don’t have to resort to plastic surgery or depend on a long list of expensive skincare products for black women to care for and to manage our skin.
So what options do we have left?
Choosing to care for your mature black skin naturally is your best bet. Once you begin to approach your maturing year, it’s a good idea to have a regimen in place.
It will help you care for your mature black skin naturally and healthily with little to no worries about your skin or skin damage.
Regardless of your skin type, washing and cleansing your face twice a day is a great way to keep your mature black skin healthy, especially if you use makeup or sweat a lot during the day.
You need cleansers to remove the dirt, excess oil, or grime and allow your skin pores to breathe properly.
You can never go wrong with washing your face morning and night, especially with a gentle soap. If possible, having a shower every day, depending on your climate also helps remove dirt from your skin.
Washing is one way to keep your skin free from environmental aggressors, including particles that come in contact with your skin, pollutants, and even your sweat.
While cleansing is necessary, excessive cleansing can be counterproductive. It can rip your skin off its natural oil and remove the protective barrier. The resultant effect would be skin irritation, sensitivity, and even dryness.
Avoid scrubbing your face and body too hard, and also look out for cleansers that suit your skin type.
Here are some natural cleansers you can use to care for your mature black skin:
Coconut oil can remove dirt, grime, or excess shine from your face without taking away the natural oil on your skin, it contains natural fats such as lauric acid that has hydrating and antimicrobial effects and linoleic acid that helps you fight acne.
However, if your skin is very oily and prone to acne, you might want to use any cleanser other than coconut oil.
Green tea is one of those ingredients that will keep them guessing about you age when used in facial cleansers. For hundreds of years, women in Asia have been using green tea as a beauty aid for their dark complexions.
That's because green tea fights sun damage and kills bacteria that destroys your skin. It’s ideal for acne challenged skin and for giving mature skin that ageless and flawless look that is common for women of color.
As a facial cleanser, apple cider vinegar contains malic acid that helps to unclog your pores, exfoliate your skin, improve cell turnover, and balance your skin’s PH levels.
Always dilute ACV before use because it can be quite harsh when applied directly. One part of ACV and two parts of water is a perfect balance.
Olive oil is a great face cleanser that also moisturizes and nourishes your skin, leaving it soft and shiny. It contains antioxidants that relieve skin irritations and fight free radicals.
Exfoliation is a must for mature black skin, otherwise, you would be stuck with dry, dull-looking skin. It supports your skin-renewal process and gives you moisturized skin.
Ever-so-often, your skin sheds old cells to give way for new cells. However, as you age, this shedding process becomes slower, and sometimes, the dead cells don’t get out completely, so they hang around making your skin look like a mess.
Exfoliation helps you to remove all flaky, dry, and dead skin cells to set the stage for new cells and an even black skin tone.
Also, when you exfoliate, you make it easier for moisturizing products to penetrate your skin better and improve your skin moisture and glow.
Like we said before, this is a guide to natural methods, which means you’ll be needing a natural exfoliator for this step. But no worries, exfoliators are as easy as they get. Here are a few common options.
Whether white or brown, sugar is a good exfoliant for your skin. It is rich in glycolic acid that moisturizes your skin. Its rough nature also helps it to remove your dead skin cells and leave you with smooth skin.
Citric acid that’s found in citrus fruits is a strong alpha hydroxy acid that supports the removal of dead skin cells that make your skin look rough and dry, thereby leading to breakouts.
Fiber-rich oatmeal has a mild texture that removes dirt from the skin without being as harsh as sugar and some other rough exfoliants. It helps to remove dirt and dead cells. It is also rich in vitamins that soothe dry skin.
Ground apricot seeds are also great at removing dead skin cells because of their rough texture. However, to improve moisture, add oil or honey to crushed apricot seeds.
Some other options you can try are baking soda and honey, as well as lemon.
Moisture, moisture, moisture. The need to always have your black skin moisturized cannot be overemphasized, especially as you age and your skin is not doing as much to keep itself moisturized anymore.
Moisturizing your skin every day or every few days is a necessity for mature black skin to prevent your skin from losing all its moisture to environmental factors and drying up as a result.
Hydrated skin is the healthiest, and it leaves room for the least amount of fine lines and wrinkles.
Skin moisturizers also help to boost skin elasticity which we sadly lose as we mature.
However, using moisturizers with artificial and chemical ingredients like sulfates, parabens, mineral oils, and petrochemicals are toxic, harmful, and can increase your risk of several cancers.
Thankfully, there are some moisturizers for mature black skin you can use:
Rosewater is refreshing and cool and also moisturizes the skin, especially when your skin is dry or has suffered sun exposure.
Rose Water has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that prevent radical damage to your skin cells. It also regulates the pH of the skin and prevents excess oil.
Honey is a moisturizer that draws water from the atmosphere and supplies it to the skin. This water then hydrates the skin cell, improves its elasticity, and makes it glow better.
Honey also helps to heal cracks, skin burns, and other sores that come from aging skin.
One of the best moisturizers for mature black skin is cucumber, and it is especially beneficial in the summer. Cucumber hydrates the skin, cools it, and destroys free cell radicals because it contains vitamins E and C. A cucumber face mask is a great moisturizer you should try.
Protein-rich milk is great for black skin, especially thin skin. It supplies the skin with the needed polypeptides and protein that are needed to create new cells. These new cells will then replace the old ones once they dry out and shed.
Just as moisturizers work to improve your skin from outside, drinking lots of water hydrates your skin from inside out, making them a perfect duo for healthy mature black skin.
Research proves that people who drink lots of water are less likely to have wrinkles, fine lines, and scars. They also show fewer signs of aging generally, compared to those who don’t drink.
Natural body butter which is also called sealant is an oily emollient applied as body creams that help to trap water in the skin cells and seal it. Body butters are great for mature black skin because they prevent skin breakage, dryness, moisture loss, and dehydration. These butters also reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the skin.
Here are some natural body butters you can use:
Shea butter is globally recognized for several functions, including its benefit for the hair, the ability to improve stretch marks on the skin and unify skin color.
It is a good source of vitamin E and vitamin A that offer antioxidant functions and boost cell turnover, collagen synthesis, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Cocoa butter is great at replenishing moisture to the skin, especially those lost due to excess exposure to the sun. It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that relieve dry skin, improve skin elasticity, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and stress lines.
Serums are a blessing to mature black skin, and getting the right serum goes a long way to care for your skin and keep it healthy and beautiful. Like we’ve often stated, we are going after the natural serums for your skin. They include:
Vitamin C serum is a powerful antioxidant that improves collagen production, boosts cell turnover, and evens out your skin tone. It is great for all skin types.
Vitamin E serum helps to brighten and hydrate your skin. It also reduces dark spots and hyperpigmentation. Its antioxidant component protects your skin cell from damage and supports cell renewal.
This serum draws water into your skin and seals it, giving you deep moisture. It is free of chemicals like sulfate and paraben and packs your skin with the hydration it needs without side effects.
Maturing Black skin has a sense of character. You can see wisdom and elegance in the faces of our mature Black Women. A lot of these women have kept life simple, not falling for the hype trending in magazines. They buy what the need and nothing else.
When it comes to maintaining your beauty, a good regimen for maturing Black Skin will be key.
That’s it for this week. As always …
Dedicated to Your Beauty,