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Care for Ethnic Skin

The skin is our body’s largest organ and problems such as acne, dryness, sun damage and uneven skin tone affect every colour of skin. Women of colour do however tend to experience pigmentations and blemishes more frequently due to the higher levels of melanin in ethnic skin which makes it more sensitive to these conditions. In this article we will discuss skincare regiments that are perfect for the sensitive ethnic skin.

Generally speaking

To start off it is important for any colour of skin to avoid harsh skincare ingredients as much as possible. Ingredients like peppermint, lime, alcohol, menthol, eucalyptus and fragrances, whether natural or synthetic, should preferably not be used as they tend to worsen existing conditions.

Cleansing and exfoliating

Wash your face with a gentle cleanser every evening, preferably water-based, to remove any build-up of bacteria and dirt during the day. Exfoliation should be done regularly, for instance twice a week, to remove dead skin cells. Take care not to use water that is too hot as this can cause your skin to dry out and look ‘ashy’. Use luke-warm water instead.

What about chemical treatments?

Laser treatments and chemical peels may yield positive results in the treatment of blemishes and hyper-pigmentation but these are quite harsh and should only be done at professional salon by qualified skin therapists or dermatologists.

Protection from harsh winter conditions

The harsh weather conditions during our winter months causes skin to lose moisture which results in dryness or flakiness. This is why a good quality moisturising cream or lotion should be part of your daily skincare regimen. When skin is properly hydrated by the right products, it will be supple and better equipped to repair and protect itself.

Protection from summer sun exposure

People with darker skin tones generally tend to tolerate sun exposure better, with less chance of sunburn compared to people with lighter skin tones. However, no matter the colour of your skin, prolonged exposure to the powerful rays of our South African sun is still harmful to all skin types, whether you are prone to sunburn or not. This is why even women of colour should use moisturisers with built-in SPF to protect their skin from dark spots, uneven skin tone and premature ageing which are conditions commonly caused by sun damage. Also try to keep your time in the sun to a minimum, especially around midday, when the sun is at its harshest. If and when possible, cover yourself by wearing hats, long pants and tops with long sleeves during that time of the day.

Ponds Flawless Radiance

One particularly good range of skincare products for women of colour is the Ponds Flawless Radiance range. It works magic on blemishes through the powerful VAO B3 complex which works in conjunction with your genes and decreases the production and dispersion of melanin. The range consists of:

  • Even Tone Facial Foam
  • Bright and Fresh Even Toner
  • Visible Even Tone Day Cream
  • Visible Even Tone Day Lotion
  • Blemish Prevention UV Cream SPF15
  • Anti-Spot Intensive Even Tone Serum
  • Light Infusing Under Eye Cream
  • Re-Brightening Night Treatment