People of color are generally classified as those with non-white heritage. This includes African Americans, Asians, Hispanics, Latinos, Pacific Islanders and those of Indian descent. The distinctions between skin of color and Caucasian skin are numerous. The most notable differences include:
-More melanin and brown skin pigment, resulting in a medium to dark toned, warmer skin shade
-Greater natural protection from the sun and lower risk of skin cancer
-Fewer visible signs of aging, such as deep wrinkles, fine lines, and sun spots
-Greater risk of keloid (raised, often large scars) development
-More oil production resulting in less wrinkles, but more acne breakouts
-Ingrown hairs resulting in scarring
-Potential problems with pigmentation, or uneven darkening or lightening of skin
Here are helpful tips for those with skin of color in their 20’s:
What’s going on: Skin cells are regenerating fast, giving your skin a flawless, radiant look (assuming you don’t suffer from acne). The collagen and elastin fibers in the skin give a plumped-up appearance. Your skin may still suffer from breakouts, oiliness and clogged pores, which are carried over from hormone fluctuation in the adolescent years. Because of this, you may have dark acne scars and marks that linger for months. It’s so important to not pick at your skin. Read: Are You Guilty of Picking at Your Skin? But for many, the acne years are mostly over, so you must discontinue the use of harsh, drying products. It’s time to get serious about your skin and develop a good, basic skin care routine to be used morning and night that will help keep the skin smooth and even-toned…
Darker skin tones tend to produce more oil. Read Five Ways to Reduce Oil Production in Skin.
What your skin needs at home:
If you have brown spots, blemishes and acne scars, read why Glycolic Acid must be used. Renée Rouleau AHA Smoothing Serum is available in three different strengths.
AHA Smoothing Serum 10% (smoothes sensitive skin)
AHA Smoothing Serum 17% (for smoother, clearer skin)
AHA Smoothing Serum 20% (professional-strength exfoliation)
Use Renée Rouleau Daily Protection SPF 30 every day, 365 days a year, rain or shine. It dries to a matte finish on the skin, helps to reduce acne-causing oil and won’t clog the pores or cause breakouts. (For darker skin tones, it’s best to avoid using sunscreens with Titanium Dioxide as it can leave a white-ish cast on the skin. Zinc Oxide is a better choice and is the main ingredient in our Daily Protection SPF 30.)
Use Renée Rouleau AHA/BHA Cleansing Gel to wash the skin. It’s sulfate-free so it won’t over dry the skin, yet is formulated with Jojoba beads, Salicylic and Glycolic Acids to exfoliate, fade stubborn post-breakout dark marks and destroy acne-causing bacteria from the skin.
Using a skin lightener like Renée Rouleau Vitamin C & E Treatment will help to fade stubborn brown spots and dark acne scars.
Zap those occasional blemishes that can still come up with Renée Rouleau Night Time Spot Lotion, Anti-Cyst Treatment or Daytime Blemish Gel. It’s so very important not to pick at blemishes, since the skin can mark so easily—hands off!
What your skin needs in the spa: Monthly deep pore cleansing facials are a must. Our Oxygen/Vitamin Infusion Facial ($135) is ideal for those in the 20’s because not only does it deliver excellent anti-oxidants needed to prevent aging, but also the oxygen destroys bacteria to prevent breakouts—lessening the chance of getting post-breakout skin discoloration.
Also, corrective skin peels, like Renée Rouleau Ultrasonic Peel ($75) or Cranberry Enzyme Peel ($75) are a great treatment added on to any facial to combat occasional breakouts, even out the skin tone while keeping the skin smooth and the pores clear. See the various corrective skin peels offered at Renée Rouleau Skin Care Spas. Don’t live in Dallas? Use our Triple Berry Smoothing Peel to get professional results at home.
Additional tips for skin of color in the 20’s:
-Avoid dairy if you are prone to breakouts in your chin and jaw line area and limit your intake of orange juice if your breakouts occur in the cheek area.
-Even though your skin is naturally more protected with melanin, daily sunscreen is still a must for preventing skin cancer and brown spots as well as helping prevent premature aging. Avoid using sunscreens with Titanium Dioxide as it can leave a white cast on the skin. Zinc Oxide is a better choice.
-To reduce breakouts, drink hot lemon water first thing in the morning. This helps to reduce bacteria internally lessening break out activity.
-Avoid harsh acne products. Over-drying the skin can cause dead skin cell buildup which will keep oil trapped and clogged under the skin, resulting in further clogged pores and break outs. Read about the different types of blemishes and how to best treat them.
-Be sure to use moisturizer at night—even if you have oily skin. When your skin doesn’t have the proper water levels, the dehydration causes the skin to produce more oil—the last thing those with oily skin want! You’ll love our Matte Moisture.
-Getting off makeup, dirt and bacteria at night is a must. Read five reasons to wash your face.
-If you’re a user of the Clarisonic brush, go easy. Read our Clarisonic review and why it may be harming your skin.
-It’s time to start learning how to care for your skin to get into good skin care habits. For more expert skin advice, check out Skin Source–the A-Z guide on all things skin. Also sign up for our skin tip e-newsletter, follow Renée Rouleau on Twitter and join the discussion on our Facebook page. You’ll be your own skin care expert in no time.
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