In the spirit of skin care do’s and don’ts, we would like to take this moment to put to rest a myth regarding skin care for people of different ethnicities.
African American, Latina, Asian, Caucasian – if there is something all races and ethnicities have in common is skin. Thus, think skin type not skin color when determining your skin care routine and product selection.
Practice this mantra:
Skin type, not skin color. Skin type, not skin color.
Here are some things to consider:
- Darker skin tones means there is a higher concentration of melanin.
- Darker skin is at a higher risk of spotted pigmentation caused by exposure to ultraviolet radiation, also known as photodamage.
- When skin cancer is diagnosed in people of color, it is in a more advanced stage with a higher mortality rate.
- Skin cell turnover tends to be quicker in people of color.
So what products will you need?
A mild facial cleanser, exfoliator and a daily broad spectrum facial lotion.
Consider what needs your skin has and look for products that will address those skin care concerns. An exfoliator is key because of the quick skin cell turnover. To avoid a dull skin appearance, exfoliate a few times a week and enjoy the glow emanating from your skin. A facial lotion that protects against UV rays will help protect against spotted pigmentation and skin cancer.
Of course, this is not to say that some products will provide more benefits for your skin than others. What works for you may not work for your friend, even if you are of the same race and ethnic background.