posted BY facial first // February 22, 2016

Skin care is color blind

When it comes to skin care, skin is skin—no matter the color. Think of it like your diet: Regardless of our ethnic background, we all need the same nutritious foods (that supply antioxidants, fatty acids, protein, vitamins, etc.) to be healthy. The exact same concept applies to skin. Skin is the body’s largest organ which is why everyone’s skin needs the same ingredients to address dry skin, acne, wrinkles, sun damage, uneven skin tone, oily skin, rosacea, sensitive skin, and so on. All of these problems affect every color of skin.

Everyone’s skin needs the same basics to care for it: gentle cleansing, sun protection, and state-of-the-art products for their skin type. It is also important to avoid problematic ingredients such as alcohol, menthol, peppermint, eucalyptus, lemon, lime, and natural or synthetic fragrances. Exposure to irritants always will worsen any condition on any color of skin.

What You Must Know

• Always use a gentle, water-soluble cleanser
(avoid bar soaps; they are too drying, can clog pores and cause skin to look ashy and feel dry).
• Always choose products that are appropriate for your skin type
(i.e. gels and serums for oily or combination skin; creams and lotions for dry skin).
• Always use a well formulated sunscreen during the day
(the most typical cause of uneven skin tone for women of color is sun damage).
• Always use products loaded with state-of-the-art ingredients including antioxidants,
skin-repairing ingredients, and cell-communicating ingredients.
• Always read ingredient labels or get product recommendations.

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