There are a number of unique issues that Afro Caribbean's need to consider when it comes to the question of how best to care for their skin. Black or dark skin often has varying degrees of pigmentation and undertones, even on the same individual. Hyper-pigmentation and scaring can be problematic and special care is needed to avoid skin damage and to repair already damaged skin.
These issues are related to the presence of melanin, the source of darker skin colours. Melanin can result in very sensitive skin, that will adversely react to a multitude of products. Reaction can include, reddening, stinging, hives and in some instances discolouration that can persist for an extended period of time. It is therefore important that individuals with black skin take this into account when trying new skin and household products. All new products should be used cautiously until it's effect on the skin has been ascertained. The presence of melanin also has advantages, the main one being that it delays the aging process, resulting in Afro Caribbean women looking longer their lighter skin counterparts. Follow the three tips below to keep your skin looking younger and healthy, irrespective of your age.
Generally speaking, black skin is usually oil, but as always, there are exception to this rule. Whatever your skin type, it is important to find a cleansing routine that works for you. It is important to wash oily skin often, 2 or 3 times a day. This regime will not only keep it clean, but will also reduce the likelihood of it breaking out. If your skin is not very oily, then you need to reduce this to 1 or 2 times a day to avoid it drying out. Due to the sensitivity of Afro Caribbean skin, it is important to limit your use of ingredient rich products; instead stick to simple ones that align with your skin type.
One of the best ways of keeping your skin hydrated is to drink the recommended 6-8 glasses of water each day. This is closely closely by the use of skin penetrating moisturisers, that can have an effect deep below the surface of your skin. Shea Butter, from tropical Africa, is an n excellent vitamin enriched moisturiser for black skin.
All women whatever their skin tone, need to pay attention to the requirement of protecting their skin against the effects sun. While, melanin in Afro Caribbean skin does act as a natural sunscreen, it does not offer enough natural screening to protect it from skin cancer. The suns rays can also cause other problems, such as an uneven skin tone that appears in patches. Apply factor 15 - 30 whenever you are going to spend a prolonged period in the sun, remembering to reapply as directed.
Afro Caribbean skin has it own unique skin care needs. With the right skin care routine of daily cleansing, moisturising and protecting your skin, you will minimising the inherent problems while capitalising on the benefits of having beautiful black skin.