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 30’s:…What’s going on: It’s a time of babies, stress and hormonal swings that can wreak havoc on your skin. Growth hormones start to slow down, so the skin won’t repair itself as it did in your 20’s. Breakouts can often occur in the form of cystic acne: those hard, sore underground blemishes that linger for weeks. Read: Get Control of Cystic Acne—Before It Scars Your Skin.
In your 30’s is also when the skin starts to show aging. Exfoliation using AHA’s and enzymes help to jump start cell turnover and boost the metabolism of the cells keeping the skin acting young. There is strong evidence that certain vitamins (A, C, E and Zinc) applied topically to the skin can prevent the breakdown of collagen through the reduction of free radicals created by smoking, drinking, exercise, UV sunlight and pollution. Antioxidants in your skin care products and in your foods are a must for anti-aging. Read the best antioxidant foods.
Darker skin tones tend to produce more oil. Read Five Ways to Reduce Oil Production in Skin.
What your skin needs at home:
AHA Smoothing Serum 10% (smoothes sensitive skin)
AHA Smoothing Serum 17% (for smoother, clearer skin)
AHA Smoothing Serum 20% (professional-strength exfoliation)
Renée Rouleau Anti Cyst Treatment is the perfect cure for those stubborn hormonal cystic breakouts that can lead to post-breakout discoloration. And it’s especially important to not pick at these types of breakouts.
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.)
Renée Rouleau Vitamin C & E Treatment works as a skin lightener to keep the skin even-toned, while the blend of both stabilized Vitamin C and Vitamin E provide powerful antioxidant protection. Added bonus? It is safe to use while pregnant.
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: Our Cranberry Brasion Facial ($195) is the perfect facial if you are in your 30’s because of the exfoliation and hydration it offers to give your skin the balance it needs. The exfoliation helps to break up pigmented cells to promote a smoother, even tone, while stimulating cellular turnover and deeply hydrating the skin. Don’t have time for regular professional facials? Here’s how to give your skin a facial at home.
Additional tips for skin of color in the 30’s:
– Get 7-8 hours of sleep every night. Sleep reduces stress, one of the big aggravators of acne. Read why getting your beauty sleep will help your skin.
-Too tired to wash your skin before you go to bed? Perform your nighttime skin routine at 6:00 or 7:00. Earlier is better than never.
-Prone to under eye puffiness? The oils used in eye creams can seep into the eyes causing puffiness. Avoid greasy eye creams using ingredients like Mineral Oil or Petrolatum.
-Short on sleep? Read skin tips to reduce dark circles and puffiness.
-If you’re pregnant, read which skin care ingredients you’ll want to avoid.
-Are you a side sleeper? Side sleeping causes deep vertical creases on the chest since the skin folds in that position. Try to sleep on your back.
-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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