(by TSV Guest Blogger Juliette Samuels) - The thing about aging is that it can't be stopped regardless of your race or color. African American skin goes through the same process, aging that is, as other skin tones. But it appears that luck is on your side, because those with darker skin tend to deal with aging at a later time in life than those with a fairer complexion.
Thanks to melanin, the pigmentation of the skin that is undoubtedly higher in black skin, there is better protection against the harmful effects of the sun. Melanin in black skin contains as much as four times the sun protection compared to fair skin. Melanin is not enough, though. A darker complexion, coupled with a good black skin care regimen, will give you a better fight against aging.
Make your beautiful black skin last longer with these Black Skin Care Tips.
Soften Your Skin
Aging can easily be detected by touching your skin. In fact, your skin’s texture is one of the first signs that aging is on its way. Does your skin feel rough? Bumpy perhaps? Touch your skin, especially the parts frequently exposed to the sun, for signs of roughness.
To keep your skin soft, exfoliate as needed. Do not overdo this, however. Use an exfoliating cream especially made for your skin type. You can also consult your dermatologist or a black skin care specialist regarding chemical peels and microdermabrasion. Natural skin softeners, like shea butter, are also recommended to soften black skin.
Keep Your Skin Supple
Sagging skin is the next thing to watch out for when birthdays already worry you. You can easily spot this in the cheeks where hollowness can be visible, as well as in the jaw line and neck areas. This is due to deterioration of collagen, a natural protein responsible for your skin’s volume, as you age.
Cosmetic surgery can easily answer the problem of sagging through dermal fillers. However, this can be pricey and some people do not really want to go through cosmetic surgery procedures. Find a black skin care product with collagen instead if a visit to a cosmetic doctor is not an option.
Even Out Your Skin Tone
African American skin is prone to changes in pigmentation, as the person gets older. This causes darkening of your skin in certain areas like your neck or face and an uneven skin tone in general. Chemical peels and microdermabrasion, if done by a black skin care specialist that understands your skin, can remedy this problem. But you can also try black skin care products that contain natural skin lightening ingredients.
Get rid of DPN
DPN or Dermatosa papulosa nigra is a group of benign growths that are noticeable as dark bumps (often mistaken as moles). This condition is most prominent on black skin and caused by exposure from the sun, genetics, and aging. Although benign, or harmless, this is unattractive and can make someone uncomfortable with his or her appearance.
There is no topical solution for this problem. The only way to deal with it is to see a qualified doctor. A dermatologist can burn, freeze or cut them off easily with very minor discomfort to the patient. Healing doesn’t take much time. You can usually get back to your usual routine within a week on average.
While expensive anti-aging black skin care products or plastic surgery might help you maintain your youthful looks, it can only delay or mask the signs of aging but not eliminate the process totally. Use these black skin care tips to boost your confidence and keep your glow longer but accept the fact that aging will come no matter what we do.
While wrinkled skin can be unappealing, there is still a good side to it; it is your body’s way of telling the world that there’s much wisdom learned from battling with life and time. So age gracefully, and be beautiful from the inside out.
Juliette Samuels, TSV Guest Blogger
Juliette Samuel is a person who definitely knows beautiful when she sees it. Juliette has had a very eclectic career working in and around the beauty industry. She has worked as an instructor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She has also been a Professional Image Consultant.
Currently Juliette works as a Skin Care Therapist, acting President and Chief Nose for NYRAJU Skin Care. As such she is in charge of product formulation and development of all scents produced for the line.
Juliette is also a member of NAHA-The National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy, The Society of Cosmetic Chemist and is the Fragrance Editor for BellaOnline.
What does that do for you? It keeps Juliette on her toes when it comes to the type of information that she’ll be able to share with you as readers of her blog or articles that she publishes on and off the web.