They keep telling you that “black don’t crack”, yet you keep waking up to your dry, crusty face every morning.
Or if you’re on the oily-end of the spectrum, there is usually a big cyst living rent-free on your face that you have to wake up to daily and it makes you think about your life choices.
Hell nah, we’re done with that.
So if you want to know all about black skin care and how to keep your skin glowing and blinding people from miles away, keep on reading. We’ve got you.
Black Skin Care 101: The Cleansing Edition
Okay, instead of mooning over how gloriously glowy Kerry Washington’s skin is, let’s go get you your own.
The trick about keeping your skin cleansed, yet avoid turning it into the Sahara, is gentle cleansing.
Cleanse your face once a day with a gentle cleanser that preferable contains salicylic acid — also knows as beta-hydroxy acid — if you’ve got oily skin to treat any acne.
Or go for something with either chamomile or aloe vera if you’re on the dry side and want to avoid hopping on the chalky train.
Wear Sunscreen Every Day
This is not a drill.
While we know that having extra melanin gives us superpowers, your dark skin still needs sunscreen.
Not only are you vulnerable to some of the deadliest forms of skin cancer like malignant melanoma, but you also need that UV ray protection to keep your skin looking young and supple.
So make wearing sunscreen into a habit and integrated it into your daily skin care regimen, regardless of the sun exposure you’ll be getting that day.
We don’t care if you’re spending the winter in Norway and haven’t seen the sun in three months.
Wear that sunscreen.
How to Make It to Black Skin Carnegie Hall? Moisturize. Moisturize. Moisturize.
This can’t be remotely overstated.
Dark skin whether on the dry or oily side of the spectrum desperately needs moisture to look and feel its best.
A nice thick moisturizer needs to be applied at least twice a day, one in the morning either under or above your sunscreen, and another time in the evening before going to bed.
You need to get a moisturizer that is considered a humectant, which is a fancy way of saying that it attracts water.
It’s recommended that you pick a moisturizer that contains glycerin, urea, hyaluronic acid or dimethicone. However, keep an eye out on ones with alpha-hydroxy or vitamin A, because of their harsh nature on sensitive skin types like black skin.
In addition, you need to treat yourself and your skin to some hydration face masks on some sort of a regular basis.
Try it making the time for skin masks three times a week for a month, and see the results. We can assure you that your skin will look amazing and glowy.
Oils Are Good for You—in Moderation
We’ve been talking all about your face and left the rest of your body behind in the dust.
Let’s fix that.
Even with the ladies with oily skin issues in the face, you’ll notice that in most cases these elbows and knees look dry and screaming for water.
Because regardless of whether you’re dealing with an oily or dry face, the majority of black women’s skin needs some tender loving hydration.
You can try out some of the greats, like castor oil or coconut oil, right after the shower to trap some water to the skin and make your skin feel silky smooth for hours after.
Vitamin C Is Your Best Friend
Summer, winter, or all of the seasons combined, vitamin C will protect your skin from drying out and even out any different tones in your face.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant, so not only will it work with your moisturizer on hydrating your face, but also with your sunscreen to protect your skin from damage.
Also, vitamin C’s evens out your skin tone, which is essential for women of color and skin with hyperpigmentation issues.
The Oily Skin Manual
There is a couple of great tips specifically for oily black skin that needs to be included in your routine.
Oily skin can be a bit trickier to care for because there is excess oil production —that’s why your skin appears greasy — but at the same time moisturization is key to keeping it healthy, as well as combating acne.
1. Spot Treat
And do it right.
You can go for spot treatment creams or other creams that are specifically tailored for acne problems, just make sure that they contain benzoyl peroxide.
Benzoyl peroxide and retinoid products have powerful bacteria-killing abilities, just remember to proceed with caution as sensitive black skin can discolor at the drop of a hat, so slow and steady wins the race here.
Besides, make sure you actually “spot treat” instead of slathering the acne cream all over your face because you don’t want to deal with dry skin issues as well as oily skin issues at the same time.
2. Glycolic Acid for Quality Cleansing
The fabulous thing about glycolic acid isn’t only its deep cleansing abilities, but also its exfoliating properties.
Black skin does still need some exfoliating action, but it needs to be gentle in order to keep your skin calm and avoid irritation.
Glycolic acid can help combat discoloration, and if you pick one with herbal extracts like Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser it comes with some soothing benefits.
3. Skin Is On Fire? Cool It Down
Acne is already a pain and half to deal with, but cystic acne can truly make for a miserable black skin experience.
It usually shows in a truly painful breakout, and there is no one-size-fits-all treatment, as it depends on a number of causes like your specific body chemistry, hormones, and oil production.
You should be seeing a dermatologist for specific medical instructions or medication, however, there are a couple of simple ways to treat your blemishes or avoid having a permanent dark spot.
It’s all about cooling down the inflammation due to the hard cystic pimple under the skin, so rub an ice cube on the area up to three times a day.
Taking an OTC anti-inflammation like Advil, as well as applying aloe-vera that has been kept in the fridge, can start the healing process.
Ready for Eye-Searingly Glowy Skin?
We’re ready to go blind helping you get there, now that you know these best black skin care tips.
There is so much more where that came from, so make sure to check out our beauty section for skin care and hair advice!